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Query: Is this the same Berenbaum who edited a book published by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, which agrees that until David Irving's biography of Hitler in 1977 there was no real Historical Analysis of the Holocaust? Oh yes, here's the text:

It was not until 1977 that historians finally began to discuss the origins proper, not in terms of anti-Semitism but in terms of decision making. Strangely enough, the discussion was provoked by David Irving who, in his book Hitler's War, had denied that Hitler had ordered the extermination of the Jews and maintained that it had been carried out by some of his subordinates behind his back, without his knowledge, until 1943.

Even stranger, Irving's book had been published first in Germany in 1975, but the outrageous passages had been suppressed by his German publisher so that the shocking thesis became known only when the English version appeared in the United States in 1977. This, in turn, provoked Martin Broszat's famous article on 'Hitler and the Genesis of the "Final Solution."' While refuting Irving's assertions, he admitted that historical research had so far indeed neglected the question of when, how, and by whom the murder of the Jews had been initiated.

-- Professor Eberhard Jäckel, in THE HOLOCAUST AND HISTORY: The Known, the Unknown, the Disputed, and the Reexamined