a.m. that night [November 10, 1938]
the following telegram was issued by the
Gestapo Section II:
The following orders of the chief of security
police [Heydrich] are to be executed
urgently and immediately:
signed "p.p. Bartz"
- according to the latest orders in
accord with the Political Leaders all
kinds of arson are to hindered;
- all orders issued and yet to be issued
in this affair are to be stamped
- without exception every Gestapo head
office and office is to submit two reports
on the execution of the Aktionen and their
effects, particularly about egregious
episodes, to the Gestapo section II. The
first report must be submitted by this
morning November 10 at 5 a.m. at the
latest, the second report by seven a.m.
this morning at the latest to the Gestapo
- receipt of confirmation of this
message is awaited urgently via the Blitz
teleprinter Munich No. 47.767 [i.e.
Heydrich's telex number].
Mr Rampton argued in the Lipstadt trial
that the acts of arson which were to be
halted (Hess-Anordnung of 2:56 a.m.) were
limited on Hitler's orders solely to German
property and shops
[Geschäfte]. But here
Heydrich, who Mr Rampton contended was acting
at all times on Hitler's orders, is clearly
ordering a halt to ALL
acts of arson, not just against German
property and shops. Since I specifically
referenced this telegram in note 49 of
GOEBBELS. MASTERMIND OF THE
THIRD REICH, at page 613, it was
staggeringly dishonest of the Defendants to
pretend that this telegram does not exist. It
destroys their entire argument.
Source: Institut für Zeitgeschichte
publication, Tagebücher eines
Abwehroffiziers 1938-1940 (Stuttgart
1970), page 157, n277.