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

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(C) Inventing documentary evidence: Himmler's phone call to Pohl

1. As we have seen, Irving claimed in the 1977 edition of Hitler's War that on the following day, 1 December 1941, Himmler telephoned SS General Oswald Pohl with the order that 'Jews are to stay were they are'. Himmler's phone log for 1 December 1941 does indeed confirm that he spoke to Pohl that day. Himmler summarised their conversation as follows:
'Besuch bei Schwarz.
Verwaltungsführer der SS
haben zu bleiben.
Lappenschuhe u. Finnenstiefel'85
2.The relevant part of this entry for the matter under discussion consists of the third and fourth lines, which together make a single sentence. They translate as follows: 'Administrative leaders of the SS are to stay'. Thus, what Himmler talked about with Pohl was not that Jews were to stay were they were (i.e.safe from liquidation), but that   the administrative leaders of the SS had to stay where they were. The term 'Jews' is not mentioned by Himmler in his phone call at all. It is simply fabricated by Irving, a fabrication which he has continued to repeat in other books, such as the 1991 edition of Hitler's War.86


85. IfZ, Archiv F 37/2, also in Witte et al. (eds.), p. 280.
86. Irving, Hitler's War (London, 1991), p.427.
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