Letter to the Editor
Times Colonist, Victoria, British Columbia
July 16, 1998
London, England, Tuesday, January 11, 1994
YOU PUBLISHED (Jan. 2) Brad Bird's review of Professor Eberhard Jäckel's little paperback attack on me, David Irving's Hitler: A Faulty History Dissected (Ben-Simon Publications) and you quote Robert Fulford's foreword: "Jäckel demonstrates with a scholar's precision the ingenious ways in which Irving manipulates evidence, collecting whatever fits his preconceptions, misinterpreting as he chooses, and ignoring whatever fails to support his views.
In my own defence may I offer your readers some background data on Professor Jäckel? Basically, as Hamburg police themselves informed me during the Hitler Diaries trial some years ago, he is a document-forger and falsifier of history.
It was none other than he who authenticated the Hitler Diary in 1982, having briefly perused the handwritten 1935 volume handed to him by a certain Konrad Kujau (its actual author). (Jäckel then locked it away, hoping that Kujau would not dare to ask for its return). Relying on Jäckel's "expertise," Stuttgart businessman Fritz Stiefel lost millions of deutschmarks, purchasing worthless scraps of paper which Jäckel falsely advised were the long-lost "third volume" of Hitler's Mein Kampf.
This same Jäckel had meanwhile published scores of Kujau's fabricated Hitler documents in his "scientific" volume, Hitler. Sämtliche Aufzeichnungen 1905 -- 1924 (published by the highly respectable DVA in 1980); even the dustjacket was a Kujau forgery!
When his carelessness was finally exposed, Jäckel at first admitted that four of the documents were fakes, then finally came clean: he admitted in a learned journal (the Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, 1984, page 163, which had also unwittingly published his forgeries) that the volume was stuffed with fake documents. But, huffed Jäckel:
"These seventy-six (!) documents ... fill only forty-five pages of the edition, or rather less than four percent of the overall volume."
As I pointed out, a pathologist who said that a corpse was found to contain only four percent of strychnine could scarcely overlook one fact: that it was dead.