Hitler Knew and When he Knew it
Late City Final Edition Section A;
Page 22, Column 4; Editorial Desk
and the Final
Gerald Fleming ("Books of the
Times," Dec. 28) is a welcome addition to
the literature of the Holocaust, with its
scholarly treatises on Hitler's personal
responsibility for the extermination of
In reviewing Mr.
Fleming's book, D. J. R. Bruckner
noted that David Irving argues in
his 1977 book, "Hitler's
War," that Hitler did not know of the
extermination of European Jews until late
1943. Mr. Bruckner described Mr. Irving's
"thesis" as "provocative."
That hardly seems to be the word for
others come to mind: such as "ludicrous,"
which is what the chief researcher for Mr.
Irving's book called the writer's
conclusions; such as "preposterous," which
is how Lucy Dawidowicz, the
historian of the Holocaust, described the
Irving book and its theme; such as
"absurd," which is what Werner
Koppen, one of Hitler's adjutants,
called Mr. Irving's contention. Serious
historians are not engaged in the question
whether or not Hitler ordered the "Final
Solution." Rather, they seek to determine
when his controlling decision
materialized. The "revisionist" thesis
which David Irving presents has been
refuted by responsible historians, the
latest of them being Gerald Fleming.
Associate National Director
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
New York, Jan. 15, 1985
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