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

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(I) Use of insignificant evidence and suppression of important evidence: the Groscurth and von Hassell diaries

1. Irving quotes from the diary of Helmuth Groscurth to illustrate some minor points about the events of 9-10 November 1938, but fails to mention that the diary reports the view of   Hjalmar Schacht, President of the Reichsbank and one of Hitler's top economic advisers, that Hitler had himself approved the pogrom, a report confirmed by Schacht's own memoirs published after the war.100 Similarly, Irving cites the diary of the diplomat Ulrich von Hassell, later a prominent member of the resistance movement which culminated in the attempt to kill Hitler on 20 July 1944, to the effect that 'Goebbels has seldom found less credibility than for his claim that a "spontaneous outburst of public rage" led to the violence.'101 This statement is undeniably true. What Irving does not do, however, is to quote the following passage in von Hassell's diary, relating to a conversation he had on 17 December 1938 with the Prussian Finance Minister, Johannes Popitz, about the destruction and violence of 9-10 November. 'Popitz said to Göring, those responsible must be punished. Answer: "My dear Popitz, do you want to punish the Führer?"'102 Göring, who was far closer to Hitler than the old-conservative Popitz, thus considered that Hitler himself was responsible for the pogrom.

Notes

100. Helmuth Groscurth, Tagebuch eines Abwehroffiziers 1938-1940 (Stuttgart, 1970), p. 167; Hjalmar Schacht, 76 Jahre meines Lebens (Bad Wörishofen, 1953), p. 496.
101. Irving, Goebbels, p. 281.
102. Ulrich von Hassell, Vom anderen Deutschland. Aus den nachgelassenen Tagebüchern 1938-1944 (Zurich, 1947), p. 39.
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