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By Christopher R. Browning

Christopher R. Browning addresses probably the most heated controversies that experience arisen from using postwar testimony: Hannah Arendt's uncritical recognition of Adolf Eichmann's self-portrayal in Jerusalem; the conviction of Ivan Demjanuk (accused of being Treblinka loss of life camp protect "Ivan the Terrible") at the foundation of survivor testimony and its next reversal through the Israeli ideal courtroom; the controversy in Poland sparked via Jan Gross's use of either survivor and communist court docket testimony in his ebook friends; and the clash among Browning himself and Daniel Goldhagen, writer of Hitler's prepared Executioners, concerning technique and interpretation within the use of pre-trial testimony. regardless of those controversies and demanding situations, Browning delineates the ways that the severe use of such challenging assets gives you telling facts for writing Holocaust historical past. He examines and discusses starkly varied units of "collected memories"-the voluminous stories of infamous Holocaust wrongdoer Adolf Eichmann and the tales of a hundred seventy five survivors of an imprecise advanced of manufacturing unit slave exertions camps within the Polish city of Starachowice.

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But the documents indicate even more widespread results as well. In midOctober Eichmann’s associate Friedrich Suhr accompanied the Foreign Office Jewish expert, Franz Rademacher, to Belgrade to deal with the Jewish question in Serbia. ”112 From whom, if not Eichmann’s associate Suhr, could Rademacher have learned about reception camps for Jewish women, children, and elderly in the east? And what was the purpose of such camps? When Rademacher returned to Berlin five days later, he found waiting a letter of October 23 from an old friend, Paul Wurm, foreign editor of Der Stürmer.

93 This turning point coincided with the renewed German offensive in the east. On September 12 German troops in the Ukraine had broken through Soviet lines, and by September 16 the encirclement of Kiev was complete. Thus when Hitler met with Himmler, Heydrich, Goebbels, and others in a series of meetings 30 • perpetrator tes timony between September 21 and 24, 1941, his mood was optimistic. Hitler assured Goebbels that “the spell is broken. ” Hitler believed that by October 15, the serious fighting would be over and Moscow would be encircled.

Wetzel then sought out Eichmann. Following these two encounters, Wetzel composed a letter for his boss, Rosenberg, to the officials in the Ostland. This draft noted that Reich Jews were going to be sent to Riga. ”117 The climax to this flurry of genocidal anticipation came on the evening of October 25, when Hitler met with Heydrich and Himmler following the latter’s return from Mogilev. Hitler recalled his Reichstag prophecy and blamed the Jews for the German lives lost in both wars. “It is good when the terror proceeds us that we are exterminating the Jews.

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