Archive/File: people/i/irving.david/libel.suit/transcripts/day023.06 Last-Modified: 2000/07/24 Q. Page 404, footnote 22, of your report where you show the kind of problems the Final Solution was causing, mixed marriages, you remember the Gotshalt case, the suicide of the entire family and so on, and Hitler saying to Goebbels try to avoid causing problems? A. Yes. We already discussed this at length in talking about the so-called Schlegelberger memorandum that, while I think the Nazi leadership had little problem in deciding what to do with the vast majority of Jews in Europe, i.e. kill them, they had a lot of difficulties in deciding what to do with Jews in mixed marriages, married to non-Jews and with half Jews, and mixed, so-called mixed race Jews. That is quite clear. It runs through all the documentation connected with the so-called Schlegelberger memorandum, and here it is again. Q. You rely in your reply to this Goebbels entry on page 402, paragraph 5, you refer to a July 1941 statement by Hitler about the Jewish family becoming a breeding ground for bacilli, do you remember that? A. Yes, "Bazillenherd fur eine neue Zersetzung". Q. But you agree that at that time, of course, there was no plan to liquidate Europe's Jews, it was still a . 49 geographical solution, so that is totally irrelevant in this context, is it not? A. I do not think it is irrelevant, no. It is a general statement, rather like his statement in a speech of 30th January 1939 ---- Q. You put it in as a bit of a red herring. A. Well, it is a very conditional statement. Q. Hoping that ---- A. It is an "if" statement. Q. --- we would not remember that your argument is that Hitler's speech to the Gauleiters in December 1941 was the trigger point. So July 1941, that is totally irrelevant to the argument about Hitler's homicidal intent? A. I do not think it is irrelevant to Hitler's general hatred of the Jews. I am using it there because of this popular, this favourite phrase or word of "bacilli". Q. The next question is on page 403, two lines from the bottom, and I ask this with great trepidation because it may unleash another torrent, you say: "Why did include", why did Goebbels include, "so many passages in his diaries which showed that he himself favoured the mass extermination of Jews?" Where are these many passages, which ones are you referring to? I cannot think of the "mass extermination of Jews" referred to in many passages in the Goebbels' diaries. MR RAMPTON: I think Mr Irving should ask questions and not . 50 make speeches, my Lord. MR JUSTICE GRAY: Well ... MR IRVING: Is this ---- MR JUSTICE GRAY: The question you are being asked is where do you say Goebbels shows himself to favour the extermination of Jews? MR IRVING: "Mass extermination of Jews". The fact that he said, "We cannot have Jews running around Berlin who may assassinate me", that kind of thing, is readily proved, but it is these throw away lines that are put into the report without footnotes or source notes that concern me. A. Well, I will treat that as a question even though in a way it was not. It is on page 400, again talking about 60 per cent of the Jews being liquidated. Now, that seems to me on any measure mass extermination. MR JUSTICE GRAY: Because you say he is quite clearly approving what he is describing? A. Yes. It seem to be pretty clear, and he goes on to say that Hitler approved of it as well. MR IRVING: I guess the question ---- A. Let me have, let me have another ---- Q. --- I am really asking is, is there another passage apart from that? A. All right, well, let us just go... MR RAMPTON: My Lord, this is very unfair. This is not a memory test. This gentleman has written a detailed . 51 report. He summarizes what he is talking about on pages 410 to 416 of his report. I am sorry that he did not remember it, but, I mean, really!. A. I just got to there. I think I will just direct you to the Goebbels diaries entries on page 412, 414, Jews experiencing their own annihilation, I mean, I really do not want to read all of these out. MR JUSTICE GRAY: Do please, if you do not mind, 412, 414? A. 14, then the pages 8, 9 of my letter of 10th January, so these are some ... MR JUSTICE GRAY: Mr Irving, what is not clear at the moment to me, partly because of that question, is whether you are contesting the fact that Goebbels knew perfectly well what was going on. MR IRVING: What I am contesting is that there are many passages in his diary which showed that he applauded the mass extermination of Jews which is the wording used by this witness in his report, but I will now move on - --- MR JUSTICE GRAY: Now would you answer my question? Is it your case that Goebbels did not know about the mass exterminations that were going on at this time? MR IRVING: He had visited the Baltic states. He had actually heard about executions that had gone on there, just briefly. That was November 1941. He had received this SD report. He had received the Wannsee Conference report which was ambiguous. He had received this SD report on . 52 March 27th 1942 which gives him cause to speculate on what is obviously happening, if I can put it like that. THE WITNESS: But in Hitler's War 1977, Mr Irving, you write: "The ghastly secrets of Auschwitz and Treblinka were well-kept. Goebbels wrote a frank summary of them in his diary on March 27th 1942, but evidently held his tongue when he met Hitler two days later". Q. Yes. A. And you talk again in that 1991 in a similar way so... Q. Can I draw your attention, therefore, to a passage in Picker, Henry Picker, on April 4th 1942 which you are probably familiar with. I will read it to you. It was "characteristic that the upper classes who had never shown the slightest sympathy for the suffering and plight of the German emigres", and he uses the word "aus wanderer", and you will understand why I am emphasising that? A. Yes. Q. "... now claim to show sympathy for the Jews, although the Jews had their accomplices around the entire world and were the most climate hardened species there were. The Jews prospered everywhere", he said, "in even Lapland and Siberia". Does this not also show that on April 4th 1942 Hitler is talking purely in terms of his geographical solution? It may have been a pipe dream. A. No, no, it does not. I mean, there are murderous . 53 statements here. He is attacking the so-called bourgeoisie, and even here it says, "If for reasons of State, one renders a definite racial pest harmless, for example, by beating him to death", very nice, "then the entire bourgeoisie cries out that the State is a violent State. If, however, the Jew", and here, well, "the Jew with judicial chicanery robs the German person of his professional existence, takes his house and home from him, destroys his family and finally drives him to emigration, and the German person then loses his life on the journey to his emigration destination, then the bourgeoisie ... (reading to the words) ... entire tragedy has been played out within the context of the possibilities offered by the law." And earlier on, of course -- that, of course, describes in a kind of upside-down way precisely what the Nazis were doing to the Jews themselves. And on talking about -- another bit that you left out, Mr Irving, he is talking about Hitler (again absurdly) that "the Bourgeoisie did not concern itself with the fact that 250,000 to 300,000 German people were emigrating from Germany a year", that meant, I think, in the late 19th century, "and about 75 per cent of the German emigrants to Australia already died during the journey". That is more even than Goebbels 60 per cent. Emigration here, in Hitler's mind ---- Q. So what conclusions do you draw from these lengthy . 54 passages you are reading out? A. Emigration in Hitler's mind here is quite clearly connected with mass death. Q. That is the conclusion? Purely that emigration is connected with mass death? A. It seems be in this passage, yes. Q. So you agree that Hitler was considering geographical emigration every time he mentions these passages at this time? A. Well, connected with mass death. I mean, you take Jews from France or Serbia or Greece and you take them to Poland, that is mass emigration, but that is not all that happened, is it? They were killed when they got there. The two things are connected. Q. So you are saying that when Hitler is talking about them emigrating to Lapland or Siberia or Central Africa, or all these other places he is talking about, or Madagascar, what he is saying is he will arrange that they get killed when they get there? What is the point of the emigration then? A. No. There is also an element of camouflage in simply using the term "emigration" or "transportation", so ---- Q. So your entire case depends on the fact that when he says one thing he means another ---- A. Wait a minute, Mr Irving. I mean, also the notion that in the middle of 1942 that Hitler was actually serious . 55 about ---- Q. Madagascar? A. --- transporting Jews to Madagascar is absurd because he had already personally ordered the stop to the Madagascar programme at the beginning of the year and, as for Lapland, that is even more ridiculous or Siberia. I mean, this is just camouflage in his case. Q. Why would the Madagascar plan have been absurd then? MR JUSTICE GRAY: I think we have been through that many times. MR IRVING: My Lord, we have one more document I wish to show him, my Lord. Would you please go, therefore, to page 23 of the bundle? Do you know who Hassow van Evstorf was? A. You tell me. I cannot see him mentioned. Q. Hassow van Evstorf was the later Ambassador to the United Kingdom after the war. So he was not a neo-Nazi, was he? A. I do not -- where is this? Q. I just say that in advance. MR JUSTICE GRAY: Page 23. MR IRVING: Does your Lordship have it? MR JUSTICE GRAY: Yes. MR IRVING: It is the transcript of Hassow van Evstorf. MR JUSTICE GRAY: This is van Evstorf's notes? MR IRVING: My Lord, Hassow van Evstorf's notes are actually in this blue volume I am holding in my hand. This is from my own archive. Hassow van Evstorf took handwritten notes as the liaison officer between Ribbentrop and the German High . 56 Command, so he was informed on an immediate basis of all the latest developments and secret happenings. Two paragraphs from the bottom, he had a paragraph -- this is the transcript of his handwritten notes, April 4th 1942 -- "A Japanese enquiry whether they will be permitted to occupy Madagascar", completing, no doubt, the triangle Singapore, Columbia, Madagascar,"has been answered in a positive sense. We would not take part in the operation. We are looking for a joint coalition warfare in the Persian Gulf" ----- MR JUSTICE GRAY: I am sorry. The significance of that totally escapes me. MR IRVING: Well, I shall ask some more questions. Was Japan an ally of Nazi Germany? A. Yes. Q. So if Japan had occupied Madagascar, as was envisaged by this joint operation by this top level discussion between the German High Command and the Japanese High Command, then, of course, it would have been perfectly feasible to have completed the Madagascar plan? A. I think that is rather a large leap, Mr Irving. Q. So the talk of the fact that ---- A. That depends. Q. --- Madagascar in May 1942 was occupied by the British is neither here more there? A. The point here is on 10th February 1942 (and we have . 57 already been through this some days ago) the Foreign official who proposed the plan for deporting the Jews to Madagascar wrote that "Gruppenfuhrer Heydrich has been charged with the Fuhrer of carrying out the solution to the Jewish question in Europe. The war against the Soviet Union has opened up the possibility of placing other territories at our disposal for the Final Solution. Accordingly, the Fuhrer has decided that the Jews should be pushed off, not to Madagascar, but to the East. Madagascar, therefore, does not need to be foreseen for the Final Solution any more". Q. You are familiar with that document? A. That is absolutely clear and explicit about the ---- Q. Can I ask you some questions about who wrote that document? A. -- that is from Rademacher. Q. Who wrote the document? A. Rademacher. Q. Did Rademacher ever once in his life have a meeting with Hitler? A. He says here, "The Fuhrer has decided" ---- Q. Will you answer my question? A. Time and again, Mr Irving, if you do not like a document, you start saying, "It is a product of his imagination". This is quite clearly ---- Q. Answer my question. . 58 A. --- this is not a top Foreign Office official. It is quite conceivable that Ribbentrop or somebody else has told him that this is Hitler's decision. It does not need to see Hitler to have this decision here. Hitler has decided in February 1942 that the Madagascar plan is out. It is quite clearly not practical. Q. It is very difficult to conduct a cross-examination if you do not answer my questions. Did Rademacher ever see Hitler? MR JUSTICE GRAY: I think the answer is Professor Evans does not know, but the point he has made (and you may not accept it, Mr Irving) is that does not need to have seen Hitler in order to know and to say that Hitler has time and again said "Madagascar is off the menu". That is what he said. MR IRVING: May I by my questions now elicit the probable source of Rademacher's information? In view of the fact that the Rademacher document is in the same file as the Wannsee Conference report, right? A. Yes.
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