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

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(iv) Irving's suppression of a contradictory source.

1. In his book Nuremberg. The Last Battle. (London, 1996) Irving uses G.M. Gilbert's Nuremberg Diary (London, 1948) as a source.14 As we have seen, Gilbert was prison psychologist in the Nuremberg prison and wrote up his conversations with the defendants from memory, either immediately after having spoken with them or that same evening. Under 19-22 April 1946, Gilbert recorded the following exchange with Ribbentrop:
[Ribbentrop] "... Tell me - I wasn't in court on Monday. - Did Hoess15 actually say - that Hitler had ordered the mass murders?"
[Gilbert] "He said that Himmler gave him a direct Führerbefehl for extermination of the Jews in 1941."
Ribbentrop held his head in his hand and repeated in a descending whisper, " - '41 - '41 - '41 - My God! - Did Hoess say in '41?"[...]
[Ribbentrop] "... All those years - a man to whom children came so trustingly and lovingly. It must have been a fanatic madness - there is no doubt now that Hitler ordered it? I thought even up to now that perhaps Himmler, late in the war, under some pretext -. But '41, he said? My God! My God!16
Irving is of course aware of this exchange, but suppresses altogether in his book.


14. For instance, note 27, p. 143.
15. Rudolf Franz Höss [1900 - 1947], commandant of the extermination camp at Auschwitz.
16. Gilbert, p. 168. Nuremberg Diary (London, 1948)
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