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London, July 24, 1977

The role of Elke Fröhlich

IN the article Mr Irving's Hitler (July 10) it would appear that I slightly misunderstood some of the information given to me by Elke Fröhlich, the young German historian mentioned by David Irving in his book and on TV.

It is correct that Miss Fröhlich's brief for her research for Mr Irving on the extermination of the Jews was limited to searching for a Hitler order and only in the archives of the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich; work which took about 40 hours or six weeks part-time. What I failed to make clear, however, is that she worked much longer on other aspects of the book and in other archives besides Munich. Moreover, she wishes to emphasise that her role as 'Devil's advocate,' mentioned by Mr Irving on the Frost show, referred to an aspect of the book totally unconnected with the question of the Jews.

While Miss Fröhlich confirms that she finds Mr Irving's thesis about Hitler's ignorance of the extermination of the Jews 'ludicrous.' Their association was eventually broken off on other grounds. My apologies for the misunderstanding.

Gitta Sereny
London W  

July 24, 1977
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MR IRVING still has the detailed letters of instruction he sent to this researcher Mrs Fröhlich and her pay slips, as well as her interview notes and the index cards she typed for him in the various archives in which she carried out her research (including the Munich Institut für Zeitgeschichte, the Berlin Document Center, the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv in Freiburg, the Bundesarchiv in Koblenz, and the Bavarian State archives in Nuremberg.
   These totally refute even the limited correction which Ms Sereny offers above. Ms Sereny seems to have a bee in her bonnet about the bright and attractive Mrs Fröhlich (who was 33 at the time of the above letter): the journalist's hatred bubbled to surface all over again in her review of Mr Irving's Goebbels biography.

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