Documents on the Fight for Real History
Lecture Visit to London
Jäckel is one of David Irving's most determined
critics, and more than once procured his removal from German
television round-table discussion programmes like Berliner
Salon on October 3, 1989. For one such book-length
attack by him on Mr Irving, see the Nizkor
site. In an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine
Zeitung on January 26, 1980 Jäckel argued that it
was "pedagogically desirable" occasionally to lie about
Germany's recent past.
Eberhard Jäckel History Department,
SOLUTION OF JEWISH
A ROW IS
Thursday at the German Historical Institute (17
Bloomsbury Sq., WC1: ph: 01-404 5486) when
pipesmoking German history professor
lectures on "Decision-Making in National Socialist
Germany and the Holocaust."
target of Jäckel's lecture will be English
45. Irving has the permission of institute
to be in the audience. The last time Irving was in
such an audience was in April, at a Hamburg press
conference proudly called by the magazine
Der Stern announcing
publication of the "Hitler Diaries". Jäckel
was one of many experts taken in by the forgeries,
and himself published some of them. Irving,
speaking from the floor at the conference, grabbed
world media attention by waving a handful of
documents proving the "diaries" fakes until
security men switched off the microphone.
"Hitler's role in
several major crimes (euthanasia, the murder of
British Commandos and Soviet commissars) is
documented beyond doubt," says Irving, author of
the standard biography Hitler's
Ltd) and other
major works on the Third Reich.
"But the German
academics like Jäckel have produced no
evidence at all that Hitler ordered the Holocaust.
They have all just run around in circles quoting
eachother. They have built their case on the
biggest act of incest since 1945. The fact is, they
have less evidence than a Brixton magistrate would
accept in a case of bicycle stealing."
will attend the meeting, due to begin at
4:30 p.m. on Thursday. In his pocket: the
famous $1,000 reward he first offered in
1977 (David Frost TV show, etc) for
"wartime documentary proof" that Hitler
even knew of Auschwitz.
"Hitler was a major war criminal," says
Irving. "But that doesn't let historians
off the hook: they have got to prove that
crime properly, just like all the others.
And if they can't they must explain