Irving v. Lipstadt

Defense Documents

David Irving: A Political Self-Portrait: Electronic Edition

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5.1 Endorsement of Hitler/Hitler programmes

[5/G]'...a man of a certain amount of intellectual honesty' [P's speech at IHR Conference, 4 September 1983, Anaheim: K4, Tab. 1, p. 11]
[5/H]'Basically Hitler himself determined who should be his biographer. I know that since I found Hitler's ear, nose, and throat doctor in Krefeld in early 1970, the man who treated Hitler after the assassination attempt of 20 July 1944, Dr. Erwin Giesing. I called on him in his practice. He had no time at that moment and I had to wait for half an hour for him. Already in the waiting room he gave me a file to read, about 500 typed pages. Can you imagine how one feels when one reads the diary of the doctor who treated Hitler after the assassination attempt? It begins on 23 July 1944. I ask him, why are you giving this to me, Herr Dr. Giesing? He answers me, read page 387. It's about a conversation between Hitler and Giesing. The doctor writes that he had to treat Hitler for the pain in his ears. He writes, I asked the Führer if he knew that the Kaiser also once suffered from a similar ear pain. He nodded. I asked him if he had read that very good book about the Kaiser written by an Englishman, 'A Mythical Creature of our Times'. The Führer answered in the affirmative to this too. I said, actually the Kaiser came off very well. After all he was an Englishman. The Englishman managed to utilise the Kaiser's hand-written papers. Hitler said, Herr Doctor Giesing, for two years now I too have also gone over to allowing protocols of my discussions to be taken down. Perhaps an Englishman will also come one day who wants to write an objective biography of me. It has to be an Englishman of the next generation. Because a representative of the present generation cannot write the truth about me and certainly won't want to either. It has to be an Englishman who knows the archives and who has mastered the German language. And that is why you are getting the diaries Mr Irving, the doctor said. 'Adolf Hitler hat im Grunde selbst bestimmt, wer sein Biograph werden sollte. Daß weiß ich, seit ich Anfang 1970 in Krefeld den Hals-, Nasen- und Ohrenarzt gefunden habe, der Hitler nach den Attentat vom 20. Juli 1944 behandelt hat: Dr. Erwin Giesing. Ich habe ihn in seiner Praxis aufgesucht. Er hatte gerade keine Zeit, und ich mußte eine halbe Stunde auf ihn warten. Er gab mir aber schon im Wartezimmer einen Akt zu lesen, ungefähr 500 Blatt Schreibmaschine. Das war sein Tagebuch. Können Sie sich vorstellen, wie man sich fühlt, wenn man das Tagebuch des Arztes liest, der Hitler nach dem Attentat behandelt hat? Es beginnt am 23. Juli 1944. Ich frage ihn: Wieso geben Sie mir das, Herr Dr. Giesing? Er antwortet mir: lesen Sie die Seite 387. Da geht's um ein Gespräch zwischen Hitler und Giesing. Der Arzt berichtet, daß er Hitler wegen eines Ohrenleidens zu behandeln hatte. Er schreibt: Ich fragte den Führer, ob er wisse, daß auch der Kaiser schon einmal unter einem derartigen Ohrenleiden gelitten habe. Er nickte. Ich fragte ihn, ob er das von einem Engländer geschriebene, sehr gute Buch über den Kaiser "Ein Fabeltier unserer Zeit" gelesen habe. Der Führer bejahte auch dies. Ich sagte: Eigentlich ist der Kaiser sehr gut wegekommen. Immerhin war der Autor Engländer. Diesem Engländer ist es gelungen, die schriftlichen Unterlagen des Kaisers auszuwerten. Hitler sagte: Herr Doktor Giesing, seit zwei Jahren bin auch ich dazu übergangen, von meinen Besprechungen Wortprotokolle aufnehemen zu lassen. Vielleicht kommt eines Tages auch ein Engländer, der über mich eine objektive Biographie schreiben will. Das muß ein Engländer der nächste Generation sein. Er kann nicht aus der heutigen Generation stammen. Denn ein Vertreter der heutigen Generation kann über mich nicht die Wahrheit schreiben und will es sicherlich auch gar nicht. Es muß ein Engländer sein, der die Archive kennt und auch die deutsche Sprache beherrscht. Und deswegen, sagte der Arzt, bekommen Sie das Tagebuch, Herr Irving.' [Guido Knopp (ed.), Hitler heute. Gespräche über ein deutsches Trauma (Aschaffenberg, 1979), pp. 70-71: K4, Tab. 10, p. 69]
[5/I][After a speech at Oundel school] 'The Hitler self-portrait is as always the clincher; after I finish they storm the stage to shake my hand, to finger the portrait - something that That Man himself once touched! And to snap up books from the table....' ['A Radical's Diary', Action Report, number 12, 15 August 1997 (on title page, on pages 'July 1997' ) p. 17: K4, Tab. 10, p. 58 ]
[5/J][At Washington University Irving handed out 'large HITLER'S WAR posters' to those 'good looking' students who asked 'intelligent questions' and added] 'I point out that (a) they can annoy the pants off their parents with them, and (b) nobody can paint Hitler moustaches on them, as he already has one.' ['A Radical's Diary', Action Report, number 15, 20 July 1999, p. 22: K4, Tab. 10, p. 66]
[5/K][Irving offered his readers a 'historic lesson' from the Monica Lewinsky scandal that engulfed US President Bill Clinton, and the investigation by Kenneth Starr] 'If this had been the Third Reich, Starr, not Clinton, would have found himself in hot water. Adolf Hitler would have seen to that. In a Nazi regulation [Irving cites the reference] that is rarely quoted (it is in my Hitler's War), one which Heinrich Himmler and the Reich Ministry of Justice issued on Hitler's orders on August 11, 1942, it was forbidden to interrogate women under any circumstances about their sexual relations with men. The lawyer-hating Führer had gained the impression, the new regulation said, that prosecutors conducted such interrogations purely for one purpose: their own sexual gratification. This is an impression, sad to say, which lingers around the whole Starr Report.' ['A Radical's Diary', Action Report, number 15, 20 July 1999, p. 24; K4, Tab. 10, p. 67]
[5/L]'"Irving: I think they have seen me as some kind of Messiah - the first kind of moderately right-wing person who can speak the Queen's English as opposed to the hobnailed-boot mobs who march up and down the East End of London or in Brixton. I think they're mistaken. Because I'm not interested in the infantry at present, I'm interested in the officer corps, and it is the officer corps of this particular thinking movement that I'm assembling at present."' [Diary entry, 19 June 1981: K4, Tab. 10, p. 3]