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"SS Verwaltungsführer
haben zu bleiben"

Mr IrivngFOR the ludicrous debate in Court on the misreading of Heinrich Himmler's handwritten note of Dec 1, 1941, read and enjoy the Trial Transcript of Days 1, 3, 22, and 23.
   In the 1960s I was the first historian to take the trouble to decipher Himmler's handwritten notes, and inevitably I made misreadings: the copy before me was faint, and in Gothic handwriting. It was very easy to misread the phrase haben zu bleiben as Juden zu bleiben, and in the 1960s I did. [See the note's right-hand column, third line up]
   The error was inconsequential; as I pointed out to the Court, if the whole sentence was removed from the 1977 edition of Hitler's War it did not affect the paragraph 's meaning one whit. I gave copies of all the facsimiles and my typed transcripts to the Institut für Zeitgeschichte in the 1960s, even before the book was published -- hardly the work of a deliberate falisifier. In later editions the misreading was corrected.

See too Mr Irving's Oct 2004 comment in: Sara Salzman takes another fat swipe at Mr Irving on History News Network
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