Joseph Poprzeczny writes:
Eccentric English historian David Irving never misses an opportunity, when in front of television cameras, to hold his book, Hitler’s War, up high, in the hope of boosting sales. I bought my copy of Hitler’s War years ago – all three volumes of which were published in 1977 in London by Papermac.
And in Volume II, at pages 390-91, here’s what Irving had to say about
the Holocaust. “Germany’s contribution to this new
climate, the elimination of the Jews from central Europe, was now
gathering momentum.” Irving continued:
Hitler’s radical followers saw the 11 million Jews as
“Europe’s misfortune” – as an eastern plague threatening friend and foe
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Hitler felt that in time all Europe would understand his hatred.
“Somehow we must get rid of them, if they are not to get rid of us,”
reasoned Josef Goebbels.
Irving then surveyed a series of “elimination” options that were
considered in Berlin – from shipment of the Jews of Europe to “a remote
territory like Madagascar as a national home,” through to
“sterilisation” and their concentration “in the east.” Irving goes on – “The actual operation proceeded differently…”
Starting in March and April  the European Jews were
rounded up in occupied France, Holland and Belgium, and in the eager
satellite of Slovakia; for political reasons Hungary – which had nearly
a million Jews – and Romania were not approached yet but were told
their Jewish “problem” would be left unresolved until the war was over.
From Hans Franks’ Generalgouvernment of Poland too – beginning with the
ghettos of Lublin – the Jews set out eastward under the direction of
one of the cruellest SS leaders, Brigadier Odilo Globocnik, the
Trieste-born former Gauleiter of Vienna.
In the east they were exterminated with a maximum of concealment.
That’s what Irving had published in 1977. Since then he’s twisted and
turned, saying one thing one year, another the next. Who was it that
said history was first tragedy then comedy, or words to that effect?