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

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(iv) Manipulation of two further affidavits: Karl Jesco von Puttkamer and Wilhelm von Brückner.

1. Irving has presented two other affidavits, or better said his own index card notes on the same, in defence of press spokesman Otto Dietrich's in 1948 during Nuremberg trial number 11, the   so-called 'Ministries Case' [Wilhelmstraße-Prozess].161 One is from Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer, Navy adjutant to Hitler, [1935-1938, and 1939-1945] and one from SS Lieutenant-General [SS-Obergruppenführer] Wilhelm Brückner, Hitler's head adjutant [dismissed October 1940]. Both adjutants did indeed deny any knowledge of the 'Final Solution', but Irving has in both cases omitted sentences that in fact make clear that both men thought Hitler at least sanctioned if did not order the murder. Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer declared that:
The measures against the Jews that first became known to me after the collapse of 1945 were never privately or officially discussed. This was not possible for the very reason that knowledge of these things must have been restricted to very few people, who I naturally can not name individually. Names like Auschwitz and Majdanek were completely unknown.162

2. So far Irving's own notes. But von Puttkamer added a crucial sentence that Irving chose to overlook:
I can state with certainty that Dr. Dietrich knew nothing of such things. Because of his [Dietrich's] sensitive nature Hitler would have completely oppressed him with the knowledge of it, and Hitler, who knew precisely this quality in Dr. Dietrich, took care, alone on these grounds, not to initiate him.163
 
3. Quite the opposite to an exculpation of Hitler, von Puttkamer's affidavit indictes Hitler as the man who chose whom to take into his confidence about the 'Final Solution.'
4. Wilhelm von Brückner stated that 'Hitler never talked in my presence about the so-called final solution of the "Jewish question" or "extermination of the Jews". This applied equally to the whole of Hitler's surroundings.'164 Crucially von Brückner added: 'These questions were probably left to the close and competent circle, to which Diedrich did not belong.'165 Nowhere did von Bruekner deny Hitler's presence in this close circle that von Brückner identified as responsible for the 'extermination of the Jews.'

Notes

161. Document 1856, miscellaneous index cards prepared by Irving relating to the Jewish problem, September 1942-1945.
162. 'Die mir erst nach dem Zusammenbruch 1945 bekannt gewordenen Massnahmen gegen die Juden sind im Hauptquartier niemals dienstlich oder privat eroertet worden. Dies war schon deswegen nicht moeglich, weil die Kenntnis dieser Dinge sich auf ganz wenige Personen, die ich im einselnen natuerlich nicht angeben kann, beschraenkt haben muss. Namen wie Auschwitz und Maideneck waren voellig unbekannt.' (Staatsarchiv Nürnburg, Rep 501 LV, Tribunal IV, Fall 11, Dokumentbuch für Otto Dietrich, Dietrich Dokument 278, Karl Jesko von Puttrnkammer, Eidesstaatliche Erklaerung, 25 May 1948.)
163. 'Mit Sicherheit kann ich angeben, dass Dr. Dietrich nichts von diesen Dingen gewusst hat. Bei seiner empfindsamen Natur haette Hitler die Kenntnis darueber ihn voellig niedergedrueckt und Hitler, dem diese Eigenschaft Dr. Dietrichs genau bekannt war, haette sich schon aus diesem Grunde gehuetet, ihn einzuweihen.' (Ibid.)
164. 'Ueber die sog Endloesung der "Judenfrage" oder "Judenvernichtung ist von Hitler in meiner Gegenwart niemals gesprochen worden. Dasselbe gilt wohl auch fuer die ganze Umgebung Hitlers.' (Staatsarchiv Nürnberg, Rep 501 LV, Tribunal IV, Fall 11, Dokumentbuch für Otto Dietrich, Dietrich Dokument 280, Wilhelm von Bruekner, Eidesstaatliche Erklaerung, 8 June 1948).
165. 'Diese Fragen blieben vermutlich dem engsten und zustaendigen Kreis vorbehalten, zu den Dietrich nicht gehoerte.' (Ibid.)
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