Did Hitler know about the holocaust?
A psychological assessment
|C O L O U R K E 'Y'|
|lateran council 3 (ecumenical council 11)|
|lateran council 4 (ecumenical council 12)|
|council of basel (ecumenical council 17)|
|hitler’s relationship to christianism|
|hitler’s obsession with gas|
|the wannsee conference|
This document is a supplement to The psychology and development of Adolph Hitler Schicklgruber.
As with the main document, my interest is an analysis of Hitler’s state of mind, and the degree of compatibility of that mental state with, what a theologian would call, ‘informed consent’ to the perpetration of the industrial mass-murder known widely as the holocaust. My own judgement, for that is all it can be, is that Hitler’s mental state was indeed compatible with full involvement in willing the deliberate and selective slaughter of ‘Jews’, merely upon the basis of their religious attachment, which attachment Hitler, in his ignorance, interpreted as a ‘race’.
Taken in the context of his historic development and experiences, the timing of Hitler’s utterances lead me to the opinion that he was fully aware of the functioning of the industrial murder machine. However, I do believe it possible that he shielded his full conscious awareness with some degree of denial, so as not to get his own ‘hands’ dirty directly. My view is reinforced by the psychological profile I have drawn in the main document. Other sources have been referenced at the end of this supplement, but they play very little part in my ‘deliberations’.
People are very good at believing what they want to believe, while ignoring reality. “If I think about how dreadful things were, I just get unhappy.” David Irving claims, with increasing stridency, that Hitler did not know. That position, I regard as incredible.
In NSDAP Germany, when hopes did not meet desires, or when the depredations of the government oppressed the idealism of the people more than usual, the excuse commonly heard was,
“It’s the little Hitlers that are to blame, If only Adolph knew about this!”.
I regard it as eminently clear that Hitler was fully aware of the holocaust and, that like any mass murderer, step by step, he moved down an inevitable spiral of destruction. Like a street criminal, he steadily and instinctively hid behind layers of subordinates.
It fully suited Hitler to maintain the uncritical loyalty of the population, a matter that would have been impossible if he had acted in the open. He was, after all, forced in 1941 to retreat from his killing of mental defectives and others, when knowledge became too widespread. Likewise, as late as February 1943, he backed down under the pressure and demonstrations of non-Jewish wives of Jewish husbands . This was a politician practicing deniability and self-protection, not an innocent dupe.
All that concerns me is never to take a
step that I might later have to retrace and never to take a step which
could damage us in any way. You must understand that I always go as far
as I dare and never further. It is vital to have a sixth sense which tells
you broadly what you can and cannot do. (i.e., ‘I
do what ever I can get away with’.)
Some context from the ‘religious’ culture in which Hitler
“26. Jews and Saracens are not to be allowed to have Christian servants in their houses, either under pretence of nourishing their children or for service or any other reason. Let those be excommunicated who presume to live with them. We declare that the evidence of Christians is to be accepted against Jews in every case, since Jews employ their own witnesses against Christians, and that those who prefer Jews to Christians in this matter are to lie under anathema, since Jews ought to be subject to Christians and to be supported by them on grounds of humanity alone. If any by the inspiration of God are converted to the Christian faith, they are in no way to be excluded from their possessions, since the condition of converts ought to be better than before their conversion. If this is not done, we enjoin on the princes and rulers of these places, under penalty of excommunication, the duty to restore fully to these converts the share of their inheritance and goods.”
It is probable that Hitler had, at the very least, fears that he had ‘jewish blood’. His grandmother, Anna Maria Schicklgruber, is rumoured to have been working as a servant in a Jewish household when she became pregnant. For further details see the psychology and development of Adolph Hilter Schicklgruber.
“67. Jews and ‘excessive’ Usury 
An early influence on Hitler was Feder, who had a bee in his bonnet about ‘interest slavery’. He was socialistic in his leanings and was involved in the writing of the Twenty-five Points of Hitler's Nazi Party.
It is common among those that do not grasp the intricacies of money to regard interest as a personal affront. This attitude is common among the ill-educated adherents of socialism. Like all such simplisms, it contains a scintilla of truth but little more. For further analysis, see document on banking and the mechanisms of money. Meanwhile, there is a document on economic monetary union (EMU) containing some relevant references and a reference to a standard work on economics at recommended books.
“68.Jews appearing in public
This was eventually to reappear as yellow stars in Hitler’s third Reich.
“69. Jews not to hold public offices
“[The church] firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the catholic church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the catholic church before the end of their lives; that the unity of the ecclesiastical body is of such importance that only for those who abide in it do the church's sacraments contribute to salvation and do fasts, almsgiving and other works of piety and practices of the Christian militia produce eternal rewards; and that nobody can be saved, no matter how much he has given away in alms and even if he has shed his blood in the name of Christ, unless he has persevered in the bosom and the unity of the catholic church.”
‘One cannot declare allegiance both to Jesus and to those
who nailed him to the cross’
Hitler was a fanatical admirer of Wagner, who was a violent anti-semite.
The catholic church has spilt more blood than any other
Hitler commenting on the twenty-five point programme published in 1920:
The New Testament is also full of contradictions, but
that hasn’t prevented the spread of Christianity.
I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with
the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending
the handiwork of the Lord.
Mein Kampf was published in two volumes on 18 July, 1925 and 11 December, 1926
I too am religious; that is, religious deep inside.
Hitler claiming that after inner struggles he had freed himself from the
childhood religious ideas which he has continued to harbour:
Hitler was clearly of a ‘religious’ or mystical turn of mind–
Christianity is the hardest blow that ever hit humanity.
Bolshevism is the bastard son of Christianity; both are the monstrous issue
of the Jews.
The war will come to an end, and I shall see my last
task as clearing up the church problem. Only then will the German nation be
completely safe….in my youth I had the view: dynamite! Today I see that
I cannot break it over one knee. It has to be cut off like a gangrenous limb.
But also clear that Hitler did not like the competition from the established ‘religions’.
By 1942 even the amazingly dull Pacelli (Pius 12th) was becoming
It is my view that Hitler had a fascination with death, and in particular with gas, aggravated by his wartime experiences.
There is no such thing as coming to an understanding
with the Jews. It must be the hard-and-fast ‘Either-Or’.
The British used the yellow gas whose effect was unknown to us, at least from personal experience. I was destined to experience it that very night.
Towards morning I also began to feel pain. It increased with every quarter of an hour; and about seven o’clock my eyes were scorching as I staggered back and delivered the last dispatch I was destined to carry in this war. A few hours later my eyes were like glowing coals and all was darkness around me.
During the last few days I had begun to feel somewhat better. The burning pain in the eye-sockets had become less severe. Gradually I was able to distinguish the general outlines of my immediate surroundings. And it was permissible to hope that at least I would recover my sight sufficiently to be able to take up some profession later on. That I would ever be able to draw or design once again was naturally out of the question.
And, finally, almost in the last few days of that titanic
struggle, when the waves of poison gas enveloped me and began to penetrate
my eyes, the thought of becoming permanently blind unnerved me; but the voice
of conscience cried out immediately: Poor miserable fellow, will you start
howling when there are thousands of others whose lot is a hundred times worse
than yours? And so I accepted my misfortune in silence, realizing that this
was the only thing to be done and that personal suffering was nothing when
compared with the misfortune of one’s country.
If twelve or fifteen thousand of these Jews who were
corrupting the nation had been forced to submit to poison-gas, just as hundreds
of thousands of our best German workers from every social stratum and from
every trade and calling had to face it in the field, then the millions of
sacrifices made at the front would not have been in vain.
At a Reichstag speech in January 1939, Hitler warned ‘international
Jewry’ that if there were another major European war, this time
the victims would be the Jews, not the Germans.
Wannsee conference: 20 January, 1942
30 January, 1942: 10 days after Wannsee
9 February, 1942: 20 days after Wannsee
2 April, 1945:
30 April, 1945:
On 20 January, 1942, a conference of Nazi officials was held in the East Berlin suburb of Grossen-Wannsee, for the purpose of planning the “final solution” (Endlösung) of the “Jewish question” (Judenfrage). On 31 July, 1941, Hermann Göring had issued orders to Reinhard Heydrich to prepare a comprehensive plan for this “final solution”. The Wannsee Conference, held six months later, was attended by 15 Nazi bureaucrats, led by Heydrich and including Adolf Eichmann, chief of Jewish affairs for the Reich Central Security Office (Reichssicherheitshauptamt).
An earlier idea, to deport all of Europe’s Jews to the island of Madagascar, was abandoned as impractical in wartime. Instead, the newly planned “final solution” would entail rounding up all Jews throughout Europe, transporting them eastward and organizing them into labour gangs. The work and living conditions would be sufficiently hard as to fell large numbers by “natural diminution”; those that survived would be “treated accordingly”. The final protocol of the Wannsee Conference never explicitly mentioned extermination, but, within a few months after the meeting, the first poison-gas chambers were installed in Poland, in what came to be called extermination camps. Responsibility for the entire project was put in the hands of Heinrich Himmler, and his SS and Gestapo.
A rational observer might be surprised to become aware that a considerable number of uneducated people still regard Hitler with respect, or even affection. There are people abroad in the world who are entirely focussed upon their own selfish ambitions. Such people are fully prepared to attempt to manipulate the ignorance and disgruntled resentments of the vulnerable in pursuit of ambition. It is well that you acquaint yourself with their methods.
The Pioneer Fund was set up in 1937 to promote a segregationist agenda. It has millions of pounds to dole out each year to ‘scientists’ who wish to pursue ‘research’ aimed at ‘proving’ that various ‘races’ or groups are ‘inferior’. In practice, this is no different from a lobby promoting cigarette smoking or the interests of the car, gun or media lobbies. Truth and fact are not their objectives. Their objectives, like Hitler’s are simply power. The better their motives and methods are understood, the more likely society can guard against their venal selfishness.
For a short run-down on the Pioneer Fund see:
For a long, well researched article concerning the considerable links
between the ‘religious’ fundamentalists and nazi ‘philosophy’
Should you wish to research the holocaust further, I refer you to the
enormous nizkor web-site. a good place to start is:
This web-address is the 150,000 word judgement against David Irving
in the British High Court, dated 11 April, 2000. It effectively incorporates
a summary of historians’approach to the issue that my document tackles
from a psychological perspective.
For an expert historical report by Richard
Evans, solicited for the Irving libel trial by the defendants, Penguin Books
Ltd. and Deborah E. Lipstadt, see the 445-page Acrobat document at:
“On the contrary, his account of the bombing of Dresden was selected for scrutiny because his book on the subject has been reprinted many times and did much to establish his reputation.
“His use of the evidence of Hitler’s adjutants was chosen for examination because his access to their private papers, and his use of exclusive interview material generated in his meetings with them, have been presented as strengths of Irving’s research not just by himself but by others as well.
“And finally, his analysis of the reasons for Nazi antisemitism was singled out for investigation because it seemed on the face of it that this might cast light on, or in some way modify or revise, his insistence that Hitler was not involved in it.
“In every case, however, as this Report will demonstrate, Irving has fallen so far short of the standards of scholarship customary amongst historians that he does not deserve to be called a historian at all.”
This section (1.6.11) is presented as one paragraph in the original, I have split it into five for increased readability.
p.26, paragraph 2.4.9:
War by David Irving
The book which Irving chose to use a a basis for his libel action was Denying the Holocaust - The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory
(also published as Hitler's Secret Conversations)
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1932 – 1945
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1932 – 1945
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|1||Statement by a client, when questioned as to why they kept making glowing reports of their mother, who had in reality destroyed their security and confidence as a child.|
|2||NSDAP: National Socialist German Workers’ Party
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP),
widely called the Nazi Party.
|3||R. Grunberger, A Social History Of The Third Reich|
|4||Cornwell, p. 196|
|5||Lending money at interest.|
|5a||Hitler’s conversations during private gatherings, such as dinners, were recorded by various secretaries. These records have been drawn by various editors to produce books such as those cited here (Jochman, Tabletalk. See also Picker).|
An abbreviation of GEHEIME STAATSPOLIZEI (German: Secret State Police), the political police of Nazi Germany. The Gestapo ruthlessly eliminated opposition to the Nazis within Germany and its occupied territories, and was responsible for the round-up of Jews throughout Europe for deportation to the extermination camps.
When the Nazis seized power in 1933, Hermann Göring, then Prussian minister of the interior, detached the political and espionage units from the regular Prussian police, filled their ranks with thousands of Nazis, and, on 26 April, 1933, reorganised them under his personal command as the Gestapo. Simultaneously, Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, together with his aide Reinhard Heydrich, similarly reorganised the police of Bavaria and the remaining German states. Himmler was given command over Göring’s Gestapo in April 1934 and on 17 June, 1936, was made German chief of police with the title of Reichsführer. Nominally under the Ministry of the Interior, Germany’s police forces now were unified under Himmler as head of both the SS and the Gestapo.
The Gestapo operated without civil restraints; it had the authority of preventative arrest, and its actions were not subject to judicial appeal. Thousands of leftists, intellectuals, Jews, trade unionists, ‘political’ clergy, and homosexuals simply disappeared into concentration camps after being arrested by the Gestapo. During World War 2, the Gestapo suppressed partisan activities in the occupied territories and carried out reprisals against civilians.
Members of the Gestapo were included in the Einsatzgruppen (Task Forces), which were mobile death squads that followed the German regular army into Poland and Russia for the purpose of killing Jews and other ‘undesirables’. Section (Amt) IVb of the Gestapo, under Adolf Eichmann, organized the deportation of Jews from other occupied countries to the extermination camps in Poland.
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