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Percy Spilberg has a simple comment from Canada, Thursday, January 1, 2004, on the Wannsee Conference



That Hitler Order

IT is now well known that Hitler never gave a written order for the holocaust. It was verbal, and given to Goering, Himmler, and Heydrich. At the Wannsee conference in 1942, Heydrich revealed this in his talk to the various Nazis bureaucracies about the final solution.

Percy Spilberg


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YES, it would be convenient if there were any proof of this. Unfortunately for the conformist historians, enough people who attended the "Wannsee conference" survived the war to be questioned about it, both before and after the protocol was found in 1947, and one thing is plain from their interrogations. Nobody at that conference talked about killing Jews, let alone about a Hitler Order to that effect. The language used by the participants was at times both cruel and crude, but not homicidal.

Notwithstanding recent "dramatized" television productions which suggest the contrary, and even have Adolf Hitler himself present at the conference (he wasn't: it was a conference of mid-level ministerial planners, working on the logistics of the deportation operation) the existing transcript certainly does not support Mr Spilberg's claim, other than one passage in which Reinhard Heydrich speculates that those Jews who might survive the rigorous road construction programme in the east -- to which work the deported Jews were actually put -- might have to be dealt with separately:

"The possible final remnant will, since it will undoubtedly consist of the most resistant portion, have to be treated accordingly, because it is the product of natural selection would, if released [bei Freilassung], act as a the seed of a new Jewish revival (see the experience of history.)"

"Treated accordingly" -- at worst interpretation, liquidated; at best, "not released." But no proof either way as to the correct interpretation. (Note that there was much learned dispute at the Lipstadt Trial [Days 17, 25 and 26] on the phrase bei Freilassung -- translated here by one Holocaust History guide as "if released", but perhaps more accurately as "upon their release", with all that that implies.

It is clever to stipulate, as Mr Spilberg does, that Heydrich merely "revealed," rather than issued, such a verbal Hitler order at the Wannsee conference of January 20, 1942, as what would otherwise explain the massacres of Jews and others that had already occurred prior to that conference, e.g. at Riga in November 1941?

Himmler in one document talks of the decision "which I, in conjunction with the RSHA" (i.e. Heydrich), "have taken." Why do the Germans and their accomplices nowhere refer to it as a Hitler Order, as they did quite explicitly when referring for example to the equally questionable Euthanasia order?

That would have cleared them immediately in the eyes of querulous subordinates. (Euthanasia incidentally now seems to be becoming more politically correct in countries like Holland,though rather too late for the likes of Dr Karl Brandt who was hanged at Nuremberg for administering it).



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