David Irving, Hitler and Holocaust Denial: Electronic Edition, by Richard J. Evans

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(A) Irving's argument

1. In his book Goebbels, Irving comments on the deportation of Jews from Berlin, starting in October 1941: 'Hitler was neither consulted nor informed'. As proof for his assertion he refers to remarks made by Hitler at dinner ten days after the transportations had begun. According to Irving, Hitler on this occasion claimed that the Jews had started the war and said:
"Let nobody tell me", Hitler added, "that despite that we can't park them in the marshier parts of Russia!" "By the way," he added, "it's not a bad thing that public rumour attributes to us a plan to exterminate the Jews". He pointed out however that he had no intention of starting anything at present. "There's no point in adding to one's difficulties at a time like this!".17
2. It is easy to investigate Irving's account of this monologue by Hitler on 25 October 1941, as the German original was published in 1980. An accurate translation of the whole passage would read as follows:  
In the Reichstag, I prophesied to Jewry, the Jew will disappear from Europe if war is not avoided. This race of criminals has the two million dead of the [First World] war on its conscience, and now hundreds of thousands again. Nobody can tell me: But we can't send them into the morass! For who bothers about our people? It's good if the terror that we are exterminating Jewry goes before us...I'm forced to pile up an enormous amount of things myself; but that doesn't mean that what I take cognisance of without reacting to it immediately, just disappears. It goes into an account; one day the book is taken out. I had to remain inactive for a long time against the Jews too. There's no sense in artificially making extra difficulties for oneself; the more cleverly one operates, the better. When I read speeches from a person like Galen, I say to myself: pricking them with pins has no purpose; it's better to keep silent; unless one doubts the future of the movement! If I believe that the movement will exist in a few centuries, then I can wait. I wouldn't' have dealt with Marxism either, if I hadn't had the power behind me.18

Notes

17. Irving, Goebbels (London, 1996), p. 377.
18. 'Vor dem Reichstag habe ich dem Judentum prophezeit, der Jude werde aus Europa verschwinden, wenn der Krieg nicht vermieden bleibt. Diese Verbrecherrasse hat die zwei Millionen Toten des Weltkrieges auf dem Gewissen, jetzt wieder Hundertausende. Sage mir keiner: Wir können sie doch nicht in den Morast schicken! Wer kümmert sich denn um unsere Menschen? Es ist gut, wenn uns der Schrecken vorangeht, daß wir das Judentum ausrotten... Ich bin gezwungen, ungeheuer viel bei mir aufzuhäufen; das bedeutet aber nicht, daß in mir erlischt, was ich, ohne gleich zu reagieren, zur Kenntnis nehme. Es kommt auf em Konto; eines Tages wird das Buch herausgezogen. Auch den Juden gegenüber mußte ich lange tatenlos bleiben. Es hat keinen Sinn, künstlich sich zusätzliche Schwierigkeiten zu machen; je klüger man verfährt, desto besser. Wenn ich so Reden von einem Menschen wie dem Galen lese, so sage ich mir: Nadelstiche zu versetzen ist zwecklos; besser, man schweigt; man müßte denn zweifeln an der Zukunft der Bewegung! Wenn ich glaube, daß die Bewegung em paar Jarhunderte existiert, dann kann ich warten. Ich wäre auch mit dem Marxismus nicht fertig geworden, wenn ich hinter mir nicht die Gewalt gehabt hätte'; cited in W. Jochmann (ed.), Monologe im Führerhauptquartier 1941-44. Die Aufzeichnungen Heinrich Helms (Hamburg, 1980), pp. 106-108.
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