The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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Witnesses returning to Germany from the "zones of operation" told what they had seen. Loesener reported: (121)
"Just before Christmas, the Government Adviser Feldscher came to see me in my office and related to me what had been told him the evening before by a person worthy of confidence, an eye witness, on the massacre near Riga of German Jews, primarily Berliners. It was so frightful that I shall omit the details here. It is the first time that I learnt that my worst fears concerning the fate of the deportees had been confirmed or, more exactly, exceeded... I reported to Stuckart (Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Interior) what I had learnt... Stuckart began by retorting: "Don't you know that these things are done by supreme order?"
There were convoys which were immediately liquidated in their entirety. For others, the deportees were in part packed into ghettos whose populations were sporadically subjected to liquidation operations. The number of Jews of the Reich and the Protectorate who survived this regime was minimal.

The uncertainty which until October 1941 characterized the orders of Hitler for the "final solution" suggests that Himmler and Heydrich, announcing the Order of the Führer to Globocnik, Eichmann and Hoess in the summer of 1941, went beyond the explicit determination of Hitler's will (it was still only the order to prepare, not to already execute the operation). In his diatribes against the Jews, Hitler made known that he wished to give them over to extermination. He did this in public as well as in private or during work sessions. Himmler and Heydrich drew their own conclusions and prepared measures which they considered justified on the basis of what they heard from "their Führer." Before proceeding with the operation, they had Hitler adopt the measures envisaged. He expressed his agreement and stood by it.

It has been stated above that according to Globocnik, his special mission (extermination of the Polish Jews) required a written authorization from Heydrich or, if not from the latter, from Himmler or Muller, several months after the beginning of the extermination. The operation concerning the euthanasia of the incurably ill, which was ordered in September 1939, was something else again. A written order of September 1, 1939, signed by Hitler (PS-630) gave Bouhler of the Party Chancellery, and Doctor Brandt, the responsibility of organizing and directing this action. Nothing of this nature appears in the "final solution."

However, a consideration of the mission of Globocnik in the execution of the latter reveals that the Chancellery of the Party did indeed collaborate with him in this mission: it provided him with the specialists in gas chambers trained during the operation "Euthanasia." Brack, to whom Bouhler had entrusted the gassing of the incurables (operation stopped in August 1941), wrote on June 23, 1942 (NO-205), to Himmler: (122)
"Following the order of the Reichsleiter Bouhler, I have already, since some time ago, put my men at the disposition of the Brigadeführer Globocnik for the accomplishment of his special mission. Following a new request from him, I have given him still more personnel..."
There was thus an agreement of principle granted by Hitler.

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