Irving v. Lipstadt

Defense Documents

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

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(F) Suppression of relevant evidence: Testimony of Walter Bruns

1. Irving omits further documentary evidence in order to support his claim that the massacre of Jews in Riga on 30 November 1941 was inspired by Goebbels's article in Das Reich. The German army officer Walter Bruns was apparently in Riga during the massacre. Bruns is regarded as a highly reliable witness by Irving. Irving has referred to Bruns's statements in many of his books, including both editions of Hitler's War, the biographies of Goebbels and Göring, and the book on the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, and concludes that there 'can be no doubt as to the veracity of his (i.e. Bruns's) description'.61 In a conversation on 8 April 1945, apparently secretly taped by the Allied forces, Bruns recalls a conversation in Riga with a young man called Altenmeyer, who apparently belonged to the SS. Bruns claimed that he argued that the local Baltic Jews ought not to be killed, as they were valuable workers. But Altenmeyer   replied:'"Yes, they must be shot, it's a FÜHRER-command!". I say: "FÜHRER-command?". "Yes, indeed", and then he shows it to me.'62 Since Irving submits this document in evidence, he must know its contents. But he totally fails to make reference to this part of Bruns testimony in his published account of these events. This is a clear example of the deliberate suppression of relevant evidence because it does not fit in with Irving's case.

Notes

61. See Irving's website http.//www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/documents/BrunsCSDICa.html; and http.//www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/documents/BrunsIndex.html
62. "Ja, die müssen erschossen werden, ist FÜHRER-Befehl!". Ich sage: "FÜHRERBefehl?". "Jawohl", und da zeigt er mir das'; cited in CSDIC, SRGG 1158, transcript of conversation including Generalmajor Bruns, 8.4.1945; disclosed by Irving as document 110.
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