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Before the Forgery
The Original Text


In response to Ken McVay's request for information relating to one of "M Huber"'s UseNet articles:

> Can someone check the text Huber cites below, and see if he
> cites it accurately? ...

A Nizkor volunteer offered:

The last clause appears indeed to be a Huberesque invention. I haven't checked the rest of the text all that carefully so here is the original as posted on

http://www.germany-info.org

AUFBAU PUBLISHERS SELL U.S. TRANSLATION RIGHTS TO KLEMPERER JOURNALS FOR RECORD SUM

One of Germany's most talked about recent bestsellers will soon be coming to bookstores in the United States. In 1935, Victor Klemperer (1881-1960) was forced from his position as a professor of Romance languages in Dresden because he was a Jew. He was shortly thereafter deprived of all access to the university library, making it impossible for him to carry on his scholarly work, so he devoted himself all the more intently to the journal he had maintained since 1897. Klemperer avoided deportation and the prospect of death in a concentration camp, but, even though he was married to a gentile, he could not escape the civic disenfranchisement of the Jews under Nazi rule. The step-by-step exclusion of the Jews from German society and the indignities heaped upon them figure prominently in Klemperer's journal entries from the years 1933-1945, which were published last fall by the Berlin-based Aufbau Verlag under the title Ich will Zeugnis ablegen bis zum letzten (I Want to Give Witness to the End). Aufbau announced Saturday (May 4) that it had sold the rights for a U.S. edition to Random House for approximately DM 840,000 (U.S. $542,000), a record sum for the translation rights to a work originally published in German.

Despite their formidable bulk (1,700 pages) the two volumes of Ich will Zeugnis ablegen bis zum letzten made it onto Germany's bestseller list last fall. The work stirred much discussion, in part because of Klemperer's eloquently precise detailing of the Third Reich's fundamental barbarism, in part because of his emphatic defense of Germany in the face of that barbarism. Klemperer, a veteran of the First World War and true-believing product of Germany's educational tradition in the humanities, insisted in his journal that the Nazis were an aberration, that they were the exact opposite of all that his Germany represented.

Please take particular note of the bold text, immediately above. That is the unaltered text from the web page cited by "M Huber", who even provided the URL to prove her point. That, of course, was her undoing... someone actually looked.

For the "Huber" version, you see, had a few extra words tacked on for good measure.

Here it is:

Klemperer, a veteran of the First World War and true-believing product of Germany's educational tradition in the humanities, insisted in his journal that the Nazis were an aberration, that they were the exact opposite of all that his Germany represented, something from an eyewitness which contradicts the new book by Goldhagen who blames all Germans, even little babies.


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