before has a corner of the curtain been
lifted to give such an ugly glimpse of the
way that the decent, civilized, nice-guy
democratic regimes really operated in WW2.
3, 2005 (Friday)
A BRITISH researcher
Kippax has informed me
that the Public Record Office has documents
confirming beyond doubt that Heinrich
Himmler was liquidated. He quotes the documents
content to me, and adds diffidently, "If you would
like scans of my photocopies of the documents let
me know and I'll send them to you over the
I respond: "Yes please, urgently! Those
documents appear to have extraordinary value.
Nothing in the press about them so far as I have
seen. Why not? I wonder who 'Thomas' was. I spotted
that the page narrating his death had been
He replies just minutes later with images of
these extraordinary documents from file FO800/868
-- Sir John Wheeler Bennett to Robert
Bruce Lockhart, May
10, 1945, setting
up the murder, and a telegram from 'Mr Thomas' from
Bremen in northern Germany to Bruce Lockhart on
24, 1945 confirming that the deed has been
Further to my orders we successfully
intercepted H.H. last night at Lüneburg
before he could be interrogated. As instructed
action was taken to silence him permanently. I
issued orders that my presence at Lüneburg
is not to be recorded in any fashion and we may
conclude the H.H. problem is ended.
A copy was sent to Winston Churchill
himself the next day.
letter is from file HS8/944 (SOE records), a
letter from Churchill's crony, Brendan
Bracken, to Lord Selborne stressing the
importance of having "eradicated" Himmler before he
could speak with "the Americans".
Who actually carried out the hit? Steven Kippax
writes later: "I will let you know when I dig up
more info on Thomas or Ingrams and I will also
check some of the RAF SD flight logs and SOE Air
Liaison Section to see if anything comes up on
movements to either ME42 or the Special Forces
Detachment with 21st Army Group."
The mysteriously retyped page of the war diary
entry of the British Second Army headquarters,
relating the "suicide", now makes sense. I
"I suspect that the retyping of the
second page was done to remove the name of the
killer gentleman concerned. I wonder how
Himmler was killed. They just handed the capsule
back to him, and said: 'You know what to do now,
"I am puzzled however because there were so
many witnesses: either (a) they did not realise
what they were seeing with their own eyes -- it
looked to them like a suicide or (b) they were
all in on it.
"(b) is unlikely. Your proposed lines of
inquiry show you are a killer-researcher."
During the day I work up the entire
dossier I have collected on Himmler's death and
post some of the items on the website.
4, 2005 (Saturday)
REAL history websites around the world are
picking up the Silencing of Himmler story. From
Paris, Trystan Mordrel says he will publish
a report in Aventures de l'histoire, and he
inquires: "Who must we credit with this discovery,
yourself or Steve Kippax ?"
I reply: "Mention the Allen book (which I have
not read); Steve Kippax sent me the documents, but
article is by me."
11:46 am Jessica phones from London, very proud:
her name is to be in The Times this week as
having won a scholarship. She sounds very pleased,
and I remind her how that phone call from L. School
was one of the happiest moments she and I have ever
I send this email to my counsel in London:
I know you have got out of the
otherwise useful habit of answering emails, but
this brief extract from the New York Sun
(May 26) might amuse. It seems that there was
yet another contributor to Lipstadt's
cash fund -- her own university.
Lipstadt recently addressed participants at an
American Jewish Committee celebration held in
Ms. Lipstadt thanked Emory
University not only for granting her paid leave
but also, without her asking, for its president
and board allocating funds to help pay her
expenses in mounting her defense. She asked the
audience to note how rare this kind of
university support is: "cold hard cash."
Ms. Lipstadt thanked her
current editor at HarperCollins, Julia
Serebrinsky, as well as her former one, Mr.
Bellow. Mr. Bellow told the Sun how gratifying
it was to have worked with Ms. Lipstadt. He said
hers was one of a handful of books he has worked
on "that have really done good in the world.
Most books don't do anything."
Was there anybody in her community who was
not flinging money at her to help her
silence me, one sometimes wonders?
5, 2005 (Sunday)
Nice email from K. in Seattle, with
pictures of her children. One of them is clutching
a bottle of Dasani water. I congratulate her that
they are cute but "don't say I said so." I
Dasani water: not so cute. Coca-Cola
erected a huge Dasani bottling plant last year
in a suburb of London, Sidcup, known for its
borderline population -- but how could Yanks
know that? Much panoply and fuss, huge public
relations effort to correct the bad stories
already in the press ("Sidcup" -- sick-up, etc),
VIP tour of plant, the "benefits" of Dasani,
etc. Newspapers then leaked (appropriate word)
that the bottled water in question, sold at huge
cost (more expensive than UK gas!) was just
drawn from the Sidcup water main.
"Ah," said Coca-Cola Inc / Dasani, "but we
put it through the most extensive purification,
with minute additives, nature's health-givers,
and the rest."
City health authorities quietly tested random
samples of the first Dasani bottles to go on
sale: the lab tests showed that the costly
bottles of super-water contained more little
wriggly things and harmful impurities, including
carcinogens, than the water drawn from the
city's mains water supply. They condemned the
Result: Not just embarrassment of Dasani
officials, but closure of entire plant,
dismissal of all workers, promises never to
market the deadly Dasani water ever again in the
UK. Ho-ho. Don't say I haven't told you.
THE Himmler Story is making great waves. Emails
pour in all day. People are rubbing their eyes in
disbelief. The British? Did that! A
surprising number can't really accept that the
three documents are actually genuine.
"The Himmler documents you have put online are
quite extraordinary," writes A
S Marques from Portugal. "Are you really
sure they are authentic? I find it very odd that
they have not been destroyed. Can you give any more
data concerning their release? If they were
recently declassified, as you seem to be claiming,
how come not a word is getting out in the
There is no question: the three documents are
absolutely 100 percent authentic. (May I make plain
that I do not claim the credit for providing them,
that goes to Steve Kippax in London, who rushed
them across the Atlantic to me; he is a first rank
researcher, drilling down deep into the British
archives where the light of day -- like the
conformist historian -- seldom penetrates).
I agree: The chastened dead silence in the
national print and broadcast media is
I think the revelation opens a Pandora's Box.
Never before has a corner of the curtain been
lifted to give such an ugly glimpse of the way that
the decent, civilized, nice-guy democratic regimes
really operated in WW2.
The street lamps have suddenly switched on to
illuminate avenues of history that were hitherto
shrouded in a benevolent darkness.
assassinations: Given now that we did murder
Heinrich Himmler to prevent him "talking to the
Americans;" and knowing too that in 1942
Churchill ordered the assassination of
Colombia's (pro-British) foreign minister (to
trick them into the war against Hitler); and
having established that we also had
a 90 percent share in the assassination of the
French statesman Admiral Darlan in
December 1942 (see "Churchill's
War", vol. ii: "Triumph in
Adversity"); and in
light of the fact that in the 1950s Prime
Minister Anthony Eden (right) plotted to
assassinate Egyptian leader Colonel Gamel
Abdul Nasser; then, what other deaths need
to be revisited?
Will the July 4, 1943 death of Polish prime
minister Wladyslaw Sikorski eventually be
confirmed as an SOE hit after all? Will we real
historians turn out to have been right all along
with our suspicions about that? Oh, woe!
We recall that SOE's top gun Bickham
Sweet-Escott, who wrote the first history of
the SOE, Baker Street Irregular, hotly
denied having been in Gibraltar on July 4, 1943,
the day the plane carrying Sikorski (below
left) crashed. Yet his own book reveals that he
left London on July 3, and arrived in Algiers on
July 5. Where was he in the interval, just "hanging
around?" In a Heathrow holding-pattern? Why the
obfuscation and denial?
There is no denying that a name appeared in the
daybook entry for July 4, 1943 of the Governor of
Gibraltar, Lieutenant-General Sir Noel
Mason-Macfarlane, which his own daughter read
out to me as "Sweet Escott" when I found the book
in the family archives in Scotland. (Swear Escort
-- that was however the favored interpretation by
the conformist historians!)
Second, what was
Himmler's mortal secret -- one that had to
be withheld from "the Americans", Churchill's
Could it really be merely that Himmler had been
debating peace terms with the British? That is
unlikely. The Americans had being doing precisely
the same with Himmler's chief aide Karl
Wolff in Northern Italy (Operation Crossword),
and keeping the British informed; and Churchill's
own telephone conversation with President Harry
S Truman late in April 1945 (unusually,
recorded verbatim) shows quite clearly that he
apprised the Americans (and Stalin too) of
Himmler's offer to negotiate through Sweden.
Was it perhaps a darker, deadlier, secret that
was being withheld from "the Americans"? That
Britain had deliberately failed to save the Jews?
The Jewish leader Moshe Shertok was finally
allowed in to see Churchill at No. 10 Downing
Street only late in July 1944, to put to him
details of the bargain his men in Budapest had been
working on ever since March 1944 with Himmler's
Eichmann, to save the lives of Hungary's
Jews by shipping them out through Spain to
Palestine, with Himmler's and even Hitler's
blessing; but the British had locked up the
Hungarian Jewish Agency emissary Joel
Brand in Egypt for months, while his
country's Jews were brutally deported, and
deliberately stalled those negotiations with the
Nazis through the Jewish Agency until it was too
In fact the British government could not have
cared less, and probably even welcomed the fact
that Himmler and his men were keeping the Zionist
pressure off Palestine.
"What do the Nazis expect us to do with a
million Jews," the British diplomats are said to
have remarked. Bit embarrassing if "the Americans"
ever found out about that.
Yes, like Pandora's storage compartment, all
options are now open. [Previous
Diary No.26: " I noticed that page 2 of the
1945 Second Army diary, which relates this
episode at length, has been retyped on the same
typewriter as used for pages 1 and 3, but by a
London News runs early story on the "suicide" of
"Sergeant Carl Sutton," or "Norman
Redford" took illicit photos of the
in Feb 1964 by former colonel (British Army)
Michael Murphy on the death of Heinrich Himmler,
May 1945, written to biographer Heinrich
Panton writes (May 1954) on Himmler's
Times publishes new Hitler, Himmler
diary on death of Himmler, and Substance of
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