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The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
© 1978, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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In five of his conversations, from December 1941 to the end of July 1942, Hitler made declarations concerning the liquidation of the Jewish presence in Europe. These were open remarks which were not made as "State Secrets."

On December 1,1941, Hitler declared (86):
"There were many Jews who were not aware of the destructive nature of their existence. But he who destroys life exposes himself to death and as far as they are concerned, that is all that is happening to them, too."
In November 1941, the Jews of the Reich were already being deported for extermination into the occupied Soviet regions, and Heydrich had obtained all of the approvals necessary from Hitler. At that date he had, in addition, already sent out invitations to the Conference of Wannsee. Hitler did not conceal from his guests that deportation imperilled [sic] Jewish lives.

We shall see that in 1942 German public opinion was swarming with news on the horror of the treatments to which the Jews deported to the East were submitted. On May 15,1942, Hitler spoke at table of these reactions (86). After having accused the German Jews of having given Germany "a knife in the back" at the end of the First World War, Hitler declared:
"What one calls the bourgeoisie laments this same Jew, who was then responsible for the knifing, when he is deported to the East. What should be pointed out in this respect is that at one time this same bourgeoisie was not concerned by the fact that every year 250,000 to 300,000 Germans emigrated from Germany and that about 75% of the German refugees going to Australia died during the voyage."
Thus Hitler called on the people to lament the "75%" mortality rate (a whimsical figure) among certain groups of German emigrants of former times rather than the current situation of the Jewish deportees. This was despite the fact that he had already announced on December 1, 1941, that the Jews risked death.

Two weeks later, on May 29,1941, Hitler approached the Jewish question in another manner. He left aside the extermination process which was being carried on. The process was not reconsidered and the guests were already informed of it. One might say that Hitler brought up the subject as Heydrich did at the Conference of Wannsee, when he declared that what was done during the war was only a temporary measure which would allow the acquisition of the experience necessary to execute the action, the final goal being the liquidation of the Jewish presence in Europe. Hitler declared (86):
"That is why within a certain time all of Western Europe must be totally emptied of the Jews... But one must not deport the Jews to Siberia for, given their capacity of adaptation to climates, they will become still much more hardened... It is much better (to deport them) to Africa to expose them to a climate which harms any man having our force of resistance."

The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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