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 David Irving to Ian Kershaw


London, October 21, 1998

Dear Ian

Congratulations on the success of your new volume. I glimpsed the last part of Sunday night's TV broadcast on the Final Solution on the eastern front, and was impressed with the use made of Walter Frentz (I was the one who first persuaded him to talk, many years ago; one of these days one of us will succeed in prising out of his collection the colour transparencies he took of the killing operation at Minsk. He showed me his album of black and white still photos.)

My friends tell me you were good enough to list two books by me in your bibliography, including Goebbels. Mastermind of the Third Reich, but not The War Path (Michael Joseph Ltd., and Macmillan), which includes very many unpublished documents from the pre-war years; they were surprised to see you did not use the original Goebbels Diaries entries for the Reichstag Fire and the Röhm Purge, which I obtained from Moscow, but relied instead on Kaiserhof and the Heinz Höhne book.

I would have been happy to lend you the original Goebbels Diaries copies which I have here. I have here my card index of some 20,000 documents collected for Hitler's War, most of them unpublished. When you come to the later years, you should not ignore sources like these, and particularly my volumes on the Forschungsamt (Das Reich hört mit), and Hitler's health (The Secret Diaries of Hitlers Doctor: I found and transcribed the Morell diaries for 1937-1945). Of course it is possible your volume is already complete, in which case the best of luck with it.

Yours sincerely,

David Irving


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