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Caught in the Act
the Klemperer Forgery


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From: EEGG87E@prodigy.com (M Huber)
Subject: Survivor's story decries GOLDHAGEN's
Date: May 20, 1996

The recent publication of Goldhagens book "Hitler's Willing Executioners.. ." is contradicted by the recently purchased (rights) to the Klemperer Journals, painstakingly written over the Hitler years by a j*wish eyewitness:

>From this week's (May 10) issue of The Week in Germany (TWIG), which can be found on the Internet at <http://www.germany-info.org>, <http://langlab.uta.edu/langpages/Germany.html> and ftp@langlab.uta. edu>:

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, something from an eyewitness which contradicts the new book by Goldhagen who blames all Germans, even little babies.

The text above, in bold, does not appear in the original article. It was forged by "M Huber", on the apparent assumption that no one would check her sources.


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