Irving v. Lipstadt

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Holocaust Denial on Trial, Trial Transcripts, Day 3: Electronic Edition

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 1 Q. [Mr Rampton]     No, you refer to something else, but so what? Sorry, I am
 2not following you.
 3 A. [Mr Irving]     If you look in the source reference, it clearly says:
 4"Wisliceny report and interrogations of Wisliceny in the
 5national archives" which Professor Evans has obviously not
 6bothered to look at.
 7 Q. [Mr Rampton]     I am quite open-minded, Mr Irving. If you tell me that in
 8the interrogations, as opposed to the report, there is a
 9positive statement by Wisliceny to the effect that
10Goebbels' article was the watershed or a watershed, then
11I will accept it, if you tell me to find it?
12 A. [Mr Irving]     Mr Rampton, I am under oath and I am not going to make a
13statement from memory for something that I cannot back up
14without going home and checking the files. All that I do
15say is that Professor Evans has made no reference to the
16fact that I used other sources to justify that one
17sentence and that he, apparently, has not bothered to go
18and have a look at those interrogations of Wisliceny
19because they are so many thousands of miles away.
20 Q. [Mr Rampton]     We may just have time to go over to the other side of this
21page in Evans' Report, 346 at paragraph 4. This is a
22further extract, says Professor Evans -- of course, you
23may prove that he is wrong about it -- this is an extract
24from the same document, apparently, where Wisliceny says
25this:
26     "According to Eichmann's own report, which he

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 1made to me, Globocnig (sic) was the first to use gas
 2chambers for the mass extermination of humans. Globocnig
 3had set up big labour camps for Jews in his area of
 4command, and he got rid of those who were unable to work
 5in the manner described. As Eichmann explained,
 6this 'procedure' was 'less conspicuous' than the mass
 7shootings". The German is "Massenerschiessungen". Do you
 8remember those words? Do they ring a bell?
 9 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes, indeed.
10 Q. [Mr Rampton]     Something to do with General Bruns? Does that ring a
11bell?
12 A. [Mr Irving]     Well, there were mass shootings occurring all over the
13Eastern Front. It is not specifically a reference just to
14that one. There were mass shootings at Riga, there were
15mass shootings at Minsk, mass shootings elsewhere in the
16Ukraine. So it would be specious just to say this is a
17reference to the Bruns Report.
18 Q. [Mr Rampton]     My point is a slightly different one. Indeed, it is not a
19reference to the Bruns Report.
20 A. [Mr Irving]     Well, you mentioned the Bruns.
21 Q. [Mr Rampton]     Exactly, and I will tell you why. What Bruns said he was
22told by Altemeyer was to precisely the same effect, "These
23mass shootings, or mass shootings of this kind, mass
24shootings, must stop. That must be done more discreetly"?
25 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes.
26 Q. [Mr Rampton]     It is almost a mirror image of what Wisliceny reports

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 1Eichmann having said, this procedure, gassing, was less
 2conspicuous, "unauffalliger" ----
 3 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes.
 4 Q. [Mr Rampton]     --- than the "Massenerschiessungen"?
 5 A. [Mr Irving]     This was the tendency in the SS; they did not like
 6shooting people. Shooting took it out of them.
 7 Q. [Mr Rampton]     Sure.
 8 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes.
 9 Q. [Mr Rampton]     And that is why they took to gassing people, is it not?
10 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     But you accept, do you, Mr Irving, that ----
11 A. [Mr Irving]     Gassing did occur, yes.
12 Q. [Mr Justice Gray]     --- the Bruns Report corresponds with what is, apparently,
13recorded in Eichmann's report?
14 MR RAMPTON:     In Wisliceny's report, my Lord.
15 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     Sorry, in Wisliceny's report.
16 MR RAMPTON:     It is double hearsay, if you like, but so what if
17you are an historian.
18 A. [Mr Irving]     It is indeed and the word "report", of course, is slightly
19sharpening it up. He is actually just saying, "According
20to what Eichmann said", he is saying.
21 MR RAMPTON:     Do they not echo one another?
22 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes.
23 Q. [Mr Rampton]     Bruns is talking about shootings in the Osland in Latvia?
24 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes.
25 Q. [Mr Rampton]     Here Wisliceny is talking much more generally, is he not?
26 A. [Mr Irving]     Indeed, yes, and we do not know about what period he is

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 1talking about, we do not know about what region he is
 2talking about.
 3 Q. [Mr Rampton]     Do you not detect in the convergence of those two
 4completely otherwise unrelated pieces of evidence ----
 5 A. [Mr Irving]     Yes.
 6 Q. [Mr Rampton]     --- even a hint of a suggestion that the reality was that
 7mass shootings were embarrassing because they could get
 8out because it upset the soldiers too much, because it was
 9expensive in bullets, a shift in policy from shooting to a
10more discreet means of disposal, that is to say, gassing?
11 A. [Mr Irving]     I am afraid that was such a long question that I had lost
12you halfway through again.
13 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     Well, I think it is the end of a longish day
14for Mr Irving and I think we will...
15 MR RAMPTON:     I will repeat the question first thing on Monday
16morning.
17 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     Will you?
18 MR RAMPTON:     It will be on the transcript.
19 A. [Mr Irving]     Can you put it in two halves so that ----
20 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     It was a long question. Anyway, we are
21adjourning now.
22 A. [Mr Irving]     --- a bear of limited brain can follow it, but I lost it.
23 MR JUSTICE GRAY:     So it is 10.30 on Monday in court 73.
24 (The court adjourned until 10.30 p.m. on Monday, 17th
25January 2000)
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