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October 17, 2015

How come Nazi war criminal Albert Speer got off with a slap on the wrist?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:41 am

Today, I am answering a question, posed in a comment on my blog, with a new post.

One of the regular readers of my blog asked this question:

“How come Speer got off with basically a slap on the wrist? Compared with the other top dogs in the company, that’s what it seemed like to me.”

I previously blogged about Albert Speer, three years ago, on this blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/did-albert-speer-really-design-the-nazi-gas-chambers/

This quote is from that blog post:

Way back in 1997, I purchased and read the book entitled Inside the Third Reich, Memoirs by Albert Speer in preparation for a trip to Germany during which I planned to visit Nuremberg and then the Dachau concentration camp.

I got out the book and decided to look through it to find out if Albert Speer really acknowledged that he had designed the Nazi gas chambers. Fortunately, his book has an extensive index, which I consulted before reading the book again. The book is 526 pages long, so Thank God, he included an index.

In checking the index of Speer’s Memoirs, I found the term “Gas warfare,” but not “gas chambers,” nor any other reference to gassing. In reading Speer’s book, back in 1997, I was struck by the fact that he was very proud of the structures that he had designed. Did he leave out any mention of the gas chambers in his Memoirs because he was not proud of designing them?

Near the end of his book, on page 523, Speer admitted his guilt as a war criminal. This quote is from Speer’s Memoirs:

Begin quote:

I had participated in a war, which as we of the intimate circle should never have doubted, was aimed at world domination. What is more, by my abilities and my energies, I had prolonged that war by many months. I had assented to having the globe of the world crown that domed hall which was to be the symbol of the new Berlin. Nor was it only symbolically that Hitler dreamed of possessing the globe. It was part of his dream to subjugate other nations. France, I had heard him say many times, was to be reduced to the status of a small nation. Belgium, Holland, even Burgundy, were to be incorporated into his Reich. The national life of the Poles and the Soviet Russians was to be extinguished; they were to made into helot peoples. Nor, for one who wanted to listen, had Hitler concealed his intention to exterminate the Jewish people. In his speech of January 30, 1939, he openly stated as much. Although I never actually agreed with Hitler on these questions, I had nevertheless designed the buildings and produced the weapons that served his ends.

End quote

Albert Speer

Albert Speer

95 Comments »

  1. lina Heydrich stated that Albert Speer was close to Reinhard Heydrich being same age being friends seems to be proven by photos of them hanging out together. Albert Speer did what he had to do to survive but i have no doubt he was loyal to Hitler to the end. he was a gifted architect. and if anyone is wondering I do not believe in the hoax.

    Comment by The Third Way (@Dolaucothy) — October 30, 2016 @ 2:15 am

  2. Few today know of and probably even fewer remember it, but Speer’s release in 1966 was actually a big media event — here you can see film of it (which unfortunately seems to have no sound). Baldur von Schirach was released at the same time — you see him first in the video.

    Comment by eah — October 20, 2015 @ 2:46 am

  3. It is worth the time to read the línk posted by hermie: Walter Dejaco and Fritz Ertl1972: A Somewhat Different Auschwitz Trial — the author, Walter Lüftl, is an Austrian engineer who later got into some trouble of his own — The Lüftl Report — it is a little more difficult to denigrate his findings by questioning his competence — he was “von 1990 bis 1992 Präsident der Bundesingenieurkammer”.

    A document is mentioned in a comment by peter — 3057-PS — re that, this link is interesting — The Nuremberg Trials and the Holocaust — here among the many references two interesting books are mentioned:

    Freda Utley — The High Cost of Vengeance

    J. Halow — Innocent at Dachau

    Both of these would be worth reading.

    Make no mistake: another big reason the IMT proceedings are tainted is due to the general involvement of the Russians — they are proven liars — it is still shocking to read that during the IMT they introduced document USSR-54, purported to ‘prove’ the Germans murdered polish intelligentsia at Katyn — they admitted this lie only decades later. Also, all of the so-called ‘death camps’ were in the Soviet occupation zone.

    Comment by eah — October 18, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

  4. Speer was an opportunistic chameleon. He could be a credible ‘Nazi’ in Hitler’s inner circle as well as a talented ‘repentant Nazi’ actor telling the victors’ narrative before cameras.

    A least two absurd claims in his words quoted in furtherglory’s article:

    1) Speer: “Belgium, Holland, even Burgundy, were to be incorporated into his Reich.”

    Hitler never planned to annex any land but the lands taken from Germany after WW1. And he didn’t wait for the end of WW2 before doing it. The ‘Belgian’ Gau of Eupen-Malmedy was re-annexed during WW2. Hitler wanting non-German Belgians within the borders of his große Reich des deutschen Volkes is an absurd allegation in itself.

    2) “for one who wanted to listen, had Hitler concealed his intention to exterminate the Jewish people. In his speech of January 30, 1939, he openly stated as much.”

    Speer knew that Hitler hadn’t stated that he would exterminate (with the sinister meaning of that word in the 1960’s and 1970’s, when Speer claimed that) the Jewish people in his speech of January 30, 1939.

    On that day, Hitler stated:

    “Should the international Jewry of finance (Finanzjudentum) succeed, both within and beyond Europe, in plunging mankind into yet another world war, then the result will not be a Bolshevization of the earth and the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation (Vernichtung) of the Jewish race in Europe. Thus, the days of propagandist impotence of the non-Jewish peoples are over. National Socialist Germany and Fascist Italy possess institutions which, if necessary, permit opening the eyes of the world to the true nature of this problem.

    Many a people is instinctively aware of this, albeit not scientifically versed in it.

    At this moment, the Jews are still propagating their campaign of hatred in certain states under the cover of press, film, radio, theater, and literature, which are all in their hands. Should indeed this one Volk attain its goal of prodding masses of millions from other peoples to enter into a war devoid of all sense for them, and serving the interests of the Jews exclusively, then the effectiveness of an enlightenment will once more display its might. Within Germany, this enlightenment conquered Jewry utterly in the span of a few years.”

    As Hitler’s words show, the annihilation of Europe’s Jewry was to be a job for European ministries similar to Goebbels’ Ministry of Public ENLIGHTENMENT and Propaganda (Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda) as that had been done in Germany from 1933 to 1938, not for a Gasmeister or another as claimed by Speer and academic historians. Hitler was patently talking about crushing Jewry’s as a controlling influence on a continental scale, not about killing all the Jews he would be able to catch as claimed by Chameleon Speer and academic histrions.

    Comment by hermie — October 17, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

    • Speer’s relations with Hitler deteriorated when Speer disobeyed Hitler’s order to destroy Nazi industrial installations in areas close to the advancing Allies. He later claimed that he independently conspired to assassinate Hitler, though historians doubt whether he ever meant to execute this plan

      Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 18, 2015 @ 12:17 am

      • Actually both your assertions are based on Speer’s claims at Nuremburg and there is no physical evidence for his claims . It worked for him as he unlike the poor working class Fritz Saukel escaped having his neck violently stretched.

        Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:11 am

      • H. Stolpmann: “Speer’s relations with Hitler deteriorated when Speer disobeyed Hitler’s order to destroy Nazi industrial installations in areas close to the advancing Allies.”

        IMO, Speer’s relations with Hitler deteriorated when he realized that his future was in collaboration with the Anglo-American certain victors of WW2, the same way that his relations with Hitler had improved when he thought that his best interests were in ‘friendship’ with the Man of the Day in Germany a few years earlier. A genuine Byzantine courtier…

        H. Stolpmann: “He later claimed that he independently conspired to assassinate Hitler”

        By gassing Hitler to death as he claimed. A hilarious story.

        Comment by hermie — October 18, 2015 @ 5:21 am

      • While I believe the first part of Speer’s story about Hitler issuing an order to destroy Germany’s infrastructure and Speer defying him I doubt Speer’s account of an attempted assassination. I believe Speer managed to duck the death penalty by admitting his guilt (to a point) on the stand. This made enough of an impression on the judges to spare his life.

        http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/docpage.cfm?docpage_id=2382

        Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    • Herr Hermie! The German word VERNICHTUNG means exsctly ANNIHILATION and is the final result of the chain EVACUATION, EXTERMINATION, ESTIRPATION. When one wants the annihilation of a group he is hating he should starting to evacuate them from their home, exterminate them by mass kiings, estirpating any possible revival and so he has them annihilated. This is what Hitler wanted from the beginning but could carry out only in 1941/42 when rulling over almost entire Europe
      Your continous efforts to deny occurence of historical events – the disappearence of at least 6.000.000 – European Jews – are very stimulating to continue writing essays on Jewish history and especially Holocaust.
      Now I can say that Hitler could rise on power and earn his first achievements only because many Western “statesmen” had been unable to see how dangerous his doctrine clearly explained in writing and speeches. In history the idiocy of many “statesmen” resulted in heavy desasters. Think about this idea. Best.

      Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 18, 2015 @ 9:25 am

      • wolf: “When one wants the annihilation of a group he is hating he should starting to evacuate them from their home, exterminate them by mass kiings, estirpating any possible revival and so he has them annihilated.”

        “Annihilating” means “bringing to nothing”. The territorial eviction of an entire group of people is enough to achieve that outcome. Mass killings are not necessarily linked to a policy of annihilation. Your own extrapolation…

        wolf: “Now I can say that Hitler could rise on power and earn his first achievements only because many Western “statesmen” had been unable to see how dangerous his doctrine clearly explained in writing and speeches. ”

        Dangerous for the Jewish leech and the continuation of its parasitic activities in a particular area, for sure. From a Gentile perspective, that was (and should be) regarded more as a liberation than as a distaster. I suppose that a leech regards its extirpation from the skin of its host as a disaster too. No surprise the host has another viewpoint and regards such an extirpation as a relief.

        Comment by hermie — October 18, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

        • Herr Hermie! You clearly regret that Jews survived. However You enforce my suspicion that some Western “statesmen” hoped Hitler would do the dirty work of annihilation of the Jews by mass murder in a way they then could pretend to be astonished and show some regret. But, then they too had to face German attack and hard battles; some experienced cruel occupation. In March 1938 Austria had been left alone to be annected to Third Reich but six months later Benes earned the frutis of his great idiocy as Czechoslovakia had been compelled to accept to hand over the Sudeten region. Just a year after Austria had been let allone Bohemia-Moravia had been occuped. Then Poland had to face Nazi aim of conquer and Germanization. In 1939 Stalin hoped to have Hitler as ally but in 1941 he too had to face German attack. And I could go on. Hitler during his table talks seems to have mentioned to have had to face elder outdated politicians whom he could trick.
          But, wait a little until I can submit an essay on how Western statesment idiocy led to Hilter rise on power and WWII. I found many of Your comments very usefull for the essay.

          Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 18, 2015 @ 11:03 pm

          • Wolf: “You enforce my suspicion that some Western “statesmen” hoped Hitler would do the dirty work of annihilation of the Jews by mass murder”

            Your fellow Jew Max Nordau, the co-founder of the World Zionist Organization with Theodor Herzl in 1897, had a similar ‘vision’. In 1911, at a World Zionist Congress, he stated that “righteous Governments, who are so nobly, industriously active to establish the eternal peace, are preparing, by their own confession, complete annihilation for six million people, […] a worse crime than any war.”

            But fortunately, his colleague Vladimir Jabotinsky had a solution to avoid that. In April 1940, he declared in New York: “The transfer of millions of Jews to their homeland [in Palestine] will save the European Jewry from extermination” and “evacuation of the [European Jewish] masses [to Palestine] is the only cure for the Jewish catastrophe (‘shoah’ in Hebrew).”

            Always the same Zionist bamboozlement, as candidly admitted by Moshe Shertok after WW2, when he stated: “events (i.e. the ‘Holocaust’) have totally proven the Zionist position on the solution of the Jewish problem. Zionism predicted the Holocaust decades ago.”

            Wolf: “in a way they then could pretend to be astonished and show some regret.”

            Any good psychiatrist knows that paranoia is overrepresented among Jews…😉

            Wolf: “But, then they too had to face German attack and hard battles; some experienced cruel occupation.”

            The price of collaboration with the Jewish warmongering mass agitators and corrupters. Understand better the reason why Hitler found it necessary to remove Jewry from the entire continent now? Rhetorical question. I know you don’t.

            Comment by hermie — October 19, 2015 @ 3:56 am

            • Herr Hermie! Poland’s then government had an anti Semite attitude and had in no way been controlled by your phantom – Jewish power. Polish consular officials in no way helped Jews in difficulty. The then Polish government took it part when Czechoslovakia had been subdivided in March 1939. Then Hitler put the Danzig question the table. In August 1939 Rippentropp answering question of Italian Minister Ciano stated: “We want war with Poland” and then hurried to Moscow to reach the famous treaty. And in June 1941 URSS had to face German attack and occupation.
              You do not deny to regret my and fellow Jewish inmatesì survival; You are not alone in this attitude.
              However Best.

              Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 19, 2015 @ 8:18 am

              • You’ve mentioned previously that the Madagascar Plan originally started with the Poles, Wolf. I think this shows the Polish attitude towards the Jews. I think it is sad but ironic that the reason there were so many Jews in Poland at the time of the German invasion was that in previous centuries Poland-Lithuania had been a haven for Jews. That haven later turned into a death trap during World War II.

                Comment by HCW — October 19, 2015 @ 9:38 am

                • After 1315/20 King Casimir the Great called Jews and Germans to come in Poland to set up trade and administration, Later other Jews from West Europe found shelter there. After 1600 conditions worsened and about 1660 Prince Elector William the Great of Prussia granted shelter to Polish Jews fleeing civil war followed Chmelnitzky revolution 1648-1655. In 1969-70 West Germany granted shelter to Jewish fleeing the National Comunist Regime. I am working on an essay showing also that the so called Yiddisland had been in the middle of the German Russian struggles. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 19, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

                • Where are you going to post your essay? Are you going to do that here?

                  Comment by HCW — October 19, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

                • Whom are you addressing? You are replying to yourself.

                  Comment by furtherglory — October 19, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

                • FURTHERGLORY: Discussing many post on this site section I feel that a summary about the conflicts that led to WWI, WWII and the Holocayst could be usefull. Needless to say that I will submit to You thiis work which is not so simple as I thought at starting.However I am at last at a good point. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 19, 2015 @ 10:56 pm

                • HCW: In 1875 the German Professor Paul de LaGuarde – Paul Boettiker – launched the idea to conquer Poland to settle there the German farmers who so could avoid emigration to USA. The Polish Jews to be resettled or in Palestine – then Ottoman Empire – or at Madagascar – the already French colony. This idea meant war against Russia as Central Poland had been part of it. The Polish Clerical Nationalist spke only about Madascar as Churches – not only the Catholic – did not want Jews to return with a State in the Holly Land. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 20, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

              • Sorry, doing this on my phone and sometimes the screen jumps when I try and reply. Wolf, are you going to put your essay here? Or do you publish somewhere else?

                Comment by HCW — October 19, 2015 @ 4:39 pm

                • HCW! As usual I will submit the essay I am working on to our Dear Webmaster; hope withing few days.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 19, 2015 @ 11:06 pm

              • wolf: ” Poland’s then government had an anti Semite attitude and had in no way been controlled by your phantom – Jewish power.”

                HCW: “You’ve mentioned previously that the Madagascar Plan originally started with the Poles, Wolf. I think this shows the Polish attitude towards the Jews.”

                Of course, the Zionists of that time didn’t neglect the largest Jewish community in the world. They couldn’t affort that. Colonisation organizations have always needed large numbers of settlers. Zionism was very powerful in Poland. And Zionists have always ‘helped’ the Jews they regarded as future settlers in their own special way, i.e. by organizing their mass transfer to Palestine and by stimulating anti-Semitism as often as possible. The powerful Zionist organizations of Poland torpedoed the Polish Madagascar Plan. Only final destination allowed by them: Palestine. The anti-Semitic attitude of the Polish government was supported, if not fueled, by the Zionists. In his Zionist pamphlet, Theodor Herzl depicted the Jewish colonization of Palestine as the solution offered by Zionism to anti-Semitic countries. A part of his plan was made of deals with anti-Semitic governments, the Zionists providing those governments with a practicable solution to their Jewish problem. Herzl even met the anti-Semitic Russian Minister of the Interior Witte (Vyacheslav) von Plehve in Saint Petersburg and offered his ‘help’ to solve Russia’s Jewish problem by establishing Zionist societies in Russia and by requesting that the Russian government obtains a charter for the Jewish colonisation of Palestine from the Turks. As you can see, during the first decades of the 20th century, a government’s anti-Semitic attitude didn’t necessarily imply the absence of any Jewish power. It rather indicated a strong Zionist influence in that country. That was the case in Poland. Zionist leader Ignacy Schwartzbart was a member of the Polish government-in-exile at London during WW2.

                wolf: “You do not deny to regret my and fellow Jewish inmatesì survival”

                How could I regret that people survived a slaughter in which I don’t believe? If you ask me if I would be saddened by the death of six million Jews in Hitler’s hands, the answer is: no !

                Comment by hermie — October 19, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

                • Herr Hermie! At last You confirm Your anti-Semite feelings qualifying so all Your comments as driven by propaganda. However I found some of them very interesting as showing subjects needing better historical research.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 19, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

                • wolf: “At last You confirm Your anti-Semite feelings”

                  I have never concealed that.

                  wolf: “qualifying so all Your comments as driven by propaganda.”

                  And yours as driven by Soviet-Allied Zionist atrocity propaganda. You were just a kid living in one of the safest places of Europe during WW2 after all. Most of your allegations about WW2 and the ‘Holocaust’ are not based on your own recollections but on second-hand testimonies and assumptions driven by guilt because you believe that your own father sent numerous people to their death in gas chambers during the war. You’re just a psychological wreck working very hard to redeem daddy’s assumed sins. Not easy to be a Jew and the son of a supposed Jew killer, isn’t it?

                  Comment by hermie — October 20, 2015 @ 3:03 am

                • To Hermie, regarding the comments about being the lunatic fringe:
                  I was aware you were teasing and naturally I took no offense. On this blog I am the minority.

                  Comment by HCW — October 20, 2015 @ 5:02 am

                • Herr Hermie! Who did suggest You to repeat accusations against my late Father the Czechslovak People Court Investigatin Magistrate declared to be baselss; State Attorney did not even submit request for trial. I did not stay in one of the then safest places of Europe. Having Hitler in 1942 the controll over almost entire Europe and London had been target of daily bombing so I mean that one stood sufficently safe at Madrig and Lissabon as the Pirenne Chain had been a barrier diffuclt to cross. Indeed I myself risked to be taken as hostage when I had been taken to SS Headquarter of Theresienstadt – Komandatur – and questioned by three of Eichmann associates who then changed mind as they some days later provoked a face of a revolution in order to let a Wehrmacht unit liquidate us all.
                  After Liberation – I was just nine – I wanted to know and started to study the history of events occured. When reading my essays on the proper section of this site one can see that I am not driven by well known Shoah Business standards.
                  I reciprocate Your very kind appreciations of my mental health. Your approach to historical studies appears driven by negationist paranoia.and, perhaps, at Mount Sinai Hospital at New York You can find some help.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 20, 2015 @ 8:49 am

                • See Hermie, I’m not the only one who thinks you need to see someone to work out your “issues.”
                  Wolf is also concerned about your mental health. He suggested Mount Sinai in New York. It would require you to come to the states but I think a nice vacation would do you some good.
                  To Wolf:
                  Thanks for that comment, it made me chuckle.
                  As always, Wolf and Hermie, hope the day finds you in good health.

                  Comment by HCW — October 20, 2015 @ 10:24 am

                • To Hermie:
                  It’s also nice to see you admit that there were a large number of Jews in Poland.
                  The Polish investigated the possibility of settling its Jews in Madagascar but decided against it because it was cost prohibitive and Madagascar simply could not take the number of Jews the Polish wanted to deport.
                  There was also the small matter that this was French territory at the time.
                  http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Total/Polish%20Antisemitism.htm

                  Comment by HCW — October 20, 2015 @ 10:37 am

                • HCW, Hermie: The overhelming majority of survivors still alive are plagued by their painfull records of terrible events they passed through. Avoiding to recall details they are clearly out of the well known Shoah Business. Those pains have effects on their descendants as studies carried forward just at Mount Sinai Hospital are now making clear. I see that even relative of perpetrators feel very uneasy; I am in contact with a great nice of Reinhard Heydrich – in no way involved with the deeds of that figure – who has difficulties to come along with her surname. Other relatives of perpetrators strongly refuse to look at events occured holding and expressing negationist views; other pains resulting from the events of those times of darkness.. The matter deserves to be thoroughly studied,Doctors often turn such persons to the psuchologist who generally has no real knowlege of the problem. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 20, 2015 @ 10:52 am

                • I wrote about Reinhard Heydrich in these previous blog posts: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/reinhard-heydrich/

                  It makes me sad that the descendants of Reinhard Heydrich are still suffering from the fact that he was involved in the Wannsee Conference. I think that you should tell her that I have written extensively about her relative, after studying the case extensively.

                  Comment by furtherglory — October 20, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

                • @ wolfie

                  Your appeased reaction showed that you’re OK with daddy’s past. Glad to see you’re doing better.😉

                  @ HCW

                  New York is like a shooting range for me. I would be arrested before arriving at Mount Sinai Hospital. The prospect of being examined by a Jewish charlatan is tempting, but I’m afraid I have to decline the offer.

                  Comment by hermie — October 20, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

                • Herr Hermie! 1. As to cares at Mount Sinai Hospital at New York remember that many Sirians and Gaza residents (also some relatives of Hamas Comanders) sgot care in Israel Hospitals. For You New York should be safer than Theresidenstadt had been for me. 2. The fact is that I stood there and remember the drammatic days of last tramsport vawe and how busy my Father had been trying to save what possible and so in following months until Liberation by International Red Cross. He had been cleared by proper People Court although continously defamated by many people involved in the Shoah Business. So, who suggested You to repeat those accusations? Thanks for the information. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 20, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

                • Furtherglory! When I reason to contact Ms Heydrich on Face Book I made clear to be a Jew letting her free to answer or not. In various contacts I never mentioned the deeds of her quite distant relative as with all survivors or descendants I listen only avoiding any question or mention of events. In this way I learnt more.
                  You will so understand that I will not trasmit any post about Reinhard Heydrich to that distant relative who feels uneasy for her surname. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 21, 2015 @ 12:42 am

                • wolf: ” So, who suggested You to repeat those accusations? ”

                  Nobody did. That was my own interpretation of your feverish need to spread Holo-BS as obsessively an emotionally as you do, a feverish need that I interpret as an attempt to whitewash daddy’s wartime actions. The Holo-lies told by the victors and Zionist propagandists turned the offspring of numerous Nazis into psychological wrecks. No surprise it produced the same result on the psyche of their helpers’ offspring (including yourself).

                  Comment by hermie — October 21, 2015 @ 6:04 am

                • Herr Hermie! Your sense for consistency is quite questionable. You deny the Holocaust but then move against a Jewish leader the accusation- to have been accessory to mass murder – declared to be baseless by proper magistrate. Tell me where stood doing what Your gramdfather at that time of darkness? i guess You have some problem to come on terms with his deeds and need proper help. Best..

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 21, 2015 @ 8:57 am

                • wolf: “You deny the Holocaust but then move against a Jewish leader the accusation- to have been accessory to mass murder ”

                  Logical. If I claim to analyze your psyche, I have to look at things with your eyes, from your perspective, i.e. as a guy who believes that the deportation trains were bringing the Jews to their death. Aren’t you supposed to be a member of a Superior race? Shouldn’t you understand that by yourself?

                  wolf: “Tell me where stood doing what Your gramdfather at that time of darkness?”

                  After being arrested by the Germans for ‘resistance’ activities, he moved to Southern France and then to Ireland, where he underwent military training.

                  wolf: “i guess You have some problem to come on terms with his deeds and need proper help.”

                  You’re on something with your “proper help” thing. A kind of running gag. Don’t let it go…😉

                  Comment by hermie — October 21, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

                • Hermie! Youu grandfather had been arrested by the Gestapo for Resistance deeds and then had to flee – just many Frenche Jews – first to South France and then to Ireland. I suppose that You are French and ask: Are You aware that the Nazis wanted to dominate in some way France? At any rate, as You are against Zionism, Theodor Herzl thaught of a Jewish State following as Press corrispondent the Dreyus trial and connected anti Semite riots. This idea found its first supporters among the Jews of Russian Empire victims of the pogrom promoted by Czarist Regime to divert peasant fury from the real problems. But just those states where anti Semite riots often occured opposed the Zionist idea as they needed the Jews as scapegoats.
                  At any rate it is noteworthy that the grandson of a man arrested by the Gestapo for Resistance deeds is a strong denier of the Holocaust. The last train from Paris to Auschwitz left at August 9, 1944; two weeks before Liberation.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 21, 2015 @ 11:14 pm

                • Herr Hermie! It would take too much time and space to explain my health problems due so to the deportation as to the horrible accusations and – all declared to be baseless by proper magistrate – and still continuing defamation against my Father. When last Commander stood on trial he answered ironically a stupid question “Nè, so wars net, Murmelstein hat uns keine Weisungen gegeben” – No, things were not so; we did not receive orders from Murmelstein.
                  So I ask You to make an effort and remember the book or the internet site where that defamation had been found. This would be a personal kindness.
                  As a matter of fact, persons who went through WWI or WWII and related tragedies – on one site or other – faced at least psycological problems with effects on their descendants. Proper studdies had been undertaken only few years ago and are still in development.
                  I am looking forward to the information asked for. Best.

                  Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 22, 2015 @ 7:37 am

                • wolf: “Hermie! Youu grandfather had been arrested by the Gestapo for Resistance deeds and then had to flee – just many Frenche Jews – first to South France and then to Ireland. I suppose that You are French and ask: Are You aware that the Nazis wanted to dominate in some way France?”

                  I’m not French. I’m Belgian.

                  Are you aware that France declared war on Germany? (No need to bring the Polish excuse on here. I don’t buy that propaganda shit, no more than the Serbian and Belgian excuses of WW1.)

                  According to Allied propaganda, the Nazis even wanted to exterminate or expel the entire French people…

                  Horror tales for morons.

                  And I’m aware that Jews DO dominate France. No phantasmagorical threat. Sad reality…

                  wolf: “At any rate, as You are against Zionism, Theodor Herzl thaught of a Jewish State following as Press corrispondent the Dreyus trial and connected anti Semite riots.”

                  Just food for Zionist propaganda. The first Zionists’ real motive was their own racism and the large Jewish migratory flows from Eastern Europe to America and UK. The sight of the secular demographic reservoir of Jewry being emptied at high speed was a huge pain in racist Jews’ ass. The diversion of those migratory flows to a 100% Jewish land where the uprooted Ostjuden could preserve their Jewish blood and traditions from Gentile contamination (‘assimilation’), was the main impetus for the Zionist land grabbing adventure in Palestine.

                  wolf: ” But just those states where anti Semite riots often occured opposed the Zionist idea as they needed the Jews as scapegoats.”

                  Feel free to prove that Czarist Russia opposed Zionism and its implementation…

                  wolf: “At any rate it is noteworthy that the grandson of a man arrested by the Gestapo for Resistance deeds is a strong denier of the Holocaust.”

                  My grandfather was arrested in 1940, years before the ‘Holocaust’ became part of the future victors’ propaganda armoury. And believe it or not, but there were some people who believed at that time that WW2 was fought for purposes other than Jewish interests. The future vastly demonstrated how wrong they were. But that’s another topic.

                  Comment by hermie — October 23, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

                • wolf: “So I ask You to make an effort and remember the book or the internet site where that defamation had been found. This would be a personal kindness.”

                  I couldn’t help by referring to precise books or websites dealing with your father. Just the impression that some Jews often depict any Jew having worked with the Nazis in any way, and especially in the administration of their camps and ghettoes during WW2, as a traitor and a genocide co-perpetrator. Jewish Kapos, Jews like Kastner, members of the “Jewish Councils of Elders” (Judenräte) all experienced the vilifying effects of Holohoax propaganda…

                  Comment by hermie — October 23, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

  5. 20 years does not seem like a “slap on the wrist”, especially considering he served every single day of that sentence.

    In the 1980s, I read all of Speer’s books — I thought it fascinating that someone who had worked so closely with Hitler at the highest levels of the Third Reich was still around to write about it. I had a more or less sympathetic view of him, although I was never really sure he was being entirely honest. I only recently heard of a connection between Speer and gas chambers — I find the notion that he designed them completely absurd.

    Lastly, given the contemptible German judicial system, which more so than in any western nation serves explicitly political purposes, you never have to wait long for the next “slap on the wrist”:

    Getöteter Dreijähriger: Stiefvater von Alessio muss mehr als sechs Jahre in Haft

    A man who beat his 3 y/o stepson to death got 6 years in prison for the crime –.that’s barely longer than the typical sentence for Holocaustverleugnung — zB Rudolf und Zündel.

    Comment by eah — October 17, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

  6. From what I remember he made a good impression on the tribunal and did not shirk his responsibility for what happened. He denied knowing what happened to the Jews. It was only after he was released and close to the end of his life did he admit that he heard Himmler’s speech at Posen. Previously Speer stated he left before Himmler’s speech.

    http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/nazi-germany/nazi-leaders/albert-speer/

    Comment by HCW — October 17, 2015 @ 1:51 pm

    • gosh from what you remember…were you there ?

      Comment by peter — October 17, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

      • Uh, no, were you?
        I’m remembering what I’ve read on Speer in the past. I also watched a program on him.

        Comment by HCW — October 17, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

        • Well you must be an expert then. Was the program on History Channel by any chance ?

          Comment by peter — October 17, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

          • Apparently you are the expert, then.
            Actually, no, it was not. I believe it was BBC America.

            Comment by HCW — October 17, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

            • Oh the wonderful BBC . It has charming fraudsters like Alan Yentob at the helm. This institution has no political agenda of course.
              http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/oct/16/bbc-alan-yentob-kids-company

              Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:15 am

              • The BBC is a propaganda organ, one taxpayers are required to support (aside from the normal high tax burden, Germans must also now pay to support the state broadcasters — which lie to them — die s.g. Lügenpresse). I would compare the BBC to Pravda, but I do not want to insult Pravda.

                Comment by eah — October 18, 2015 @ 5:51 am

                • Well, I wanted to get in on the whole, “Jews rule everything and are responsible for all of the ills of the world” conspiracy. It does make life easier to reduce everything that goes wrong to a stereotype. It’s very comforting.

                  Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

              • Dare it be mentioned? Yentob is a Jew.

                Comment by eah — October 18, 2015 @ 5:57 am

                • The BBC has a high proportion of Jews in its upper echelons. This ensures the constant Holocaust propaganda along with promoting the joys of the multi cultural state.

                  Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 7:21 am

              • Yes it is shocking how much Jews have now infiltrated the upper echelons of all governments and businesses. This morning I found a bad lemon in a bag of lemons I bought from the store. Whose fault is that? The filthy Jew in charge of the produce section.
                One of my kids lost his Kindle and now we can’t find it. Whose fault is that? Some filthy Jew stole my son’s Kindle and probably hawked it so he can start his white slavery business.
                https://www.csustan.edu/sites/default/files/honors/documents/journals/thresholds/Farhadian.pdf

                Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 10:02 am

                • You ve lost me there .. your series of non sequiters is supposed to prove what exactly ?

                  Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

      • As a matter fact, Peter, I think the only people old enough to be there are FG, who was in Missouri at that time and Wolf, who was at
        Theresienstadt. Considering that Wolf was the only person in Europe at that time I guess he’s the only person qualified to talk about what was going on.

        Comment by HCW — October 17, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

        • Gosh was wolfie really the only person in Europe at that time ? I would have thought there would have been a few hundred million.

          Comment by peter — October 17, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

          • Sorry I didn’t make myself clear. I mean from the people on this blog.
            Sorry, I didn’t realize I had spell things out for you. I will remember that for the future.

            Comment by HCW — October 17, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

        • After Fritz Todt was killed in an engineered air accident Speer was appointed Minister of Armaments.

          Despite the unrelenting Allied bombing attacks designed to disrupt the war production, Speer managed to increase armament production dramatically with the use of prisoners of war and civilian slave labourers in the munitions factories. By September 1944, some seven and a half million foreigners worked as slave labourers and, in violation of the Hague and Geneva Conventions, Speer exploited two million prisoners of war, in the production effort. Thus Speer was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal in 1946.
          I don’t think he had time to spend in his spare hours designing Gas Chambers, yet he assumed responsibility for those actions beyond his immediate control, and expressed regret for his inaction during the slaughter of the Jews.

          And yes, I was there and even fought for the final victory, with the result that I finished up in one of Eisenhower’s Death Camps, may he rest in peace as a Converto Christian.

          Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — October 17, 2015 @ 8:15 pm

          • The poor Saukel was hanged of course as Minister of Labour and close associate of Speer. An important piece of evidence presented to the Tribunal by the US prosecution was an affidavit signed by the defendant. (Nuremberg document 3057-PS.) It turned out that Sauckel had put his signature to this self-incriminating statement, which had been presented to him by his captors in finished form, only after he was bluntly told that if he hesitated, his wife and children would be turned over to the Soviets. “I did not stop to consider, and thinking of my family, I signed the document,” Sauckel later declared.

            Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:24 am

            • Peter! Not the “poor” Schaukel but his really poor unfortunate victims should be mourned.

              Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 18, 2015 @ 9:28 am

              • I’d save the effort, Wolf. Peter only cares about the poor Germans executed for crimes after the war.

                Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 10:23 am

                • All the Germans were guilty of “crimes after the war.” This was due to the “common plan” ex-post-facto law. I have written many blog posts about the guilt of the Germans under the “common plan” law.
                  https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/common-plan/

                  This ex-post-facto law did not apply to any of the Allies.

                  Comment by furtherglory — October 18, 2015 @ 11:14 am

                • No the only people I care about our mine own. That the present political class is molded by the ideology of Holocaustianity and Marxism and is hell bent on destroying my people and culture leads me naturally to question the foundations of this ideology.

                  Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

              • Wolf, the general problem with the IMT is known — the charges were more or less made up for the occasion — given that, I am agnostic about the fate of Sauckel.

                It is the victims who should be most remembered.

                I agree the procurement/use of slave labor was worthy of count IV — crimes against humanity; Sauckel was found guilty on this count. Not to mention the inhumane conditions and treatment that existed at many of the camps — resulting in illness and death. It is clear this was not only due to the general privation toward the end of the war — eg the deadly typhus epidemic at Auschwitz occurred in 1942.

                Comment by eah — October 18, 2015 @ 11:59 am

                • No one was ever put on trial for the way that German POWs were treated by the Allies. I wrote about this here: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/eisenhowers-death-camps-a-stain-on-american-history/

                  After the war, I spoke with several German POWs who had been prisoners in the camps in America. They complained about the fact that they were given food that was considered “pig food” in Germany. They also complained about having to work in the fields in America. No one was ever put on trial for breaking the law with regard to German POWs.

                  Comment by furtherglory — October 18, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

              • Most Germans were not put on trial after the war.

                http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/mobile/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005140

                The (Western) allies turned the judiciary over to the West Germans within five years after the war. These courts avoided prosecuting former Nazi officials, though trials begin of death camp personnel in the late 50’s. Most of the sentences doled out during the 60’s were laughably short.

                I’ve always wondered about the angst over the trials of Nazi war criminals. On the Western side convictions leading to death sentences ended before 1950.
                https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treblinka_trials
                https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belzec_trial

                https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sobibor_trial

                https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che%C5%82mno_trials

                I’ll grant you the trials in Eastern Europe ended in death sentences.

                Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

                • You must be getting very excited about the forthcoming trial of a 91 year old telephone operator at Auschwitz then. The show must go on !

                  Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:13 pm

                • Actually, no, Peter, I am not. I’ve repeatedly stated my opposition to such trials and I’ve also stated my opposition to laws regarding Holocaust Denial.
                  First, I believe it is a waste of time and taxpayer money to put old men and women on trial for events that happened 70 years ago. To me it is a pathetic attempt by the German authorities to make up for the piss poor job they did in arresting and prosecuting real criminals.
                  Second, these men and women are a valuable historical resource that need to be interviewed before they pass away, not put on trial for crimes that are nearly impossible to prove.
                  I am utterly opposed to laws making HD illegal, I think it is better to let the lunatic fringe howl into the wind, rather than giving credence to what they have to say by making it illegal.

                  Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 3:28 pm

                • HCW: “I think it is better to let the lunatic fringe howl into the wind, rather than giving credence to what they have to say by making it illegal.”

                  That’s probably the reason why furtherglory allows you to post comments on his blog.😉

                  Comment by hermie — October 18, 2015 @ 7:38 pm

                • Oh, I’m not the lunatic fringe, Hermie. Better to say that FG gives a forum for the lunatic fringe to howl.
                  Though, perhaps in this case you are right. After all, I’m the minority, except for Wolf. I’ve seen very few replies that run contrary to the revisionist viewpoint.
                  You should be thankful that I bring something new to the table.
                  And no one’s accused me of being Jewish or a hasbara spy in a while, I suppose that’s an improvement.

                  Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 7:54 pm

                • HCW: “Oh, I’m not the lunatic fringe, Hermie.”

                  Sounds like a motto of self-persuasion. Keep repeating that. You’ll maybe suceed in believing it’s true, who knows? Don’t lose your enthusiasm. We’re with you.😉

                  Comment by hermie — October 19, 2015 @ 4:02 am

                • I’ll concede that in regards to most of the people that reply here I am the lunatic fringe.
                  For the real world, no.

                  Comment by HCW — October 19, 2015 @ 9:33 am

                • HCW: “I’ll concede that in regards to most of the people that reply here I am the lunatic fringe.
                  For the real world, no.”

                  Made me think about this quote:

                  “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Krishnamurti

                  I was just teasing you.😉

                  Comment by hermie — October 19, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

      • One of your themes peter:

        CDU Politiker: Asylkritiker können dieses Land jederzeit verlassen

        German politician tells Germans who don’t like Merkel’s asylum policies they can leave Germany whenever they want to.

        Comment by eah — October 17, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

  7. Albert Speer, an architect, simply was not the man to entrust with development of designs of Gas Chambers operating with Zyklon B and solving related technical problems. Those actually involved had been engeneers capable to keep secret; II wonder wether they had been even identified.

    Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 17, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

    • Please supply us with the names of the engineers who designed and constructed the alleged homicidal gas chambers . Surely you know Wolfie ?

      Comment by peter — October 17, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

      • peter: “Please supply us with the names of the engineers who designed and constructed the alleged homicidal gas chambers.”

        Walter Dejaco and Fritz Ertl.

        http://www.vho.org/tr/2004/3/Lueftl294f.html

        Comment by hermie — October 17, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

        • To Furtherglory, Hermie, eah, HCW, Stalpeter. In this story it results clear that the development of design of Gas Chambers and Creamatories for the Mass Murder had been demanded to two SS Officers in order to keep highest secrecy on the “project”. It had not been cleared in that stupid trial wether they had overviewed the actual construction work so at Auschwitz as at the other Death Camps and wether they iussed writen or oral instructions. The two gus should have been questioned by a historian and not in whatever court. So the opportunity to obtain a first hand information important for history had been lost.

          Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 18, 2015 @ 3:14 am

          • No Wolfie it was a show trial which went disastrously wrong and like all shows with bad reviews the curtain came down quickly. The audience will have to settle for 91 year old switchboard operators these days.

            Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:27 am

            • Then it wasn’t a show trial. In a show trial the verdict and punishment are known in advance, regardless of what the defendant says or does.
              http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/modern-world-history-1918-to-1980/russia-1900-to-1939/the-show-trials-in-the-ussr/

              Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 10:29 am

              • That’s funny according to Oxford dictionary a Show trial is ” A judicial trial held in public with the intention of influencing or satisfying public opinion, rather than of ensuring justice.”
                http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/show-trial

                or you might prefer the google on line definition ,

                “a judicial trial held in public with the intention of influencing or satisfying public opinion, rather than of ensuring justice.”

                or the Longman definition.

                http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/show-trial

                the Vienna trial fits the bill nicely .

                Comment by peter — October 18, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

                • Were the men convicted?
                  No.
                  I would say that the trial was actually against public opinion as there was no appetite for these trials in either Austria or Germany. My example still stands, the Longman Dictionary even uses Stalin’s trials as an example. It also uses the word “unfair”, what exactly was unfair about these trials? The men were acquited by a jury. A show trial would make sure the jury was packed against the defendants. So, no, not a show trial.

                  Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

                • HCW: “So, no, not a show trial.”

                  A show trial can be held to support any political view or historical lie. And a conviction of the defendants is not always needed. Sometimes the show itself (with its press reports, etc.) is sufficient.to serve the intended purpose. An illustrative example of this is the recent ‘trials’ of old ‘Nazis’ such as Oskar Groening: the conviction of the defendants is symbolic and implies nothing for them, but the opportunity of another Holo-show is worth such judicial masquerades.

                  Comment by hermie — October 18, 2015 @ 7:32 pm

                • You are missing the point, Hermie.
                  In order to make a show trial effective the defendants have to be found guilty or the point will be lost.
                  Better in a show trial setting to have the defendants break down sobbing and confess their “crimes” to the whole world.
                  The men successfully defended themselves so whatever point the prosecution was aiming for was lost.
                  Oscar Groening was convicted but will serve no time. Again, a pointless waste of taxpayer time and money.

                  Comment by HCW — October 18, 2015 @ 7:44 pm

                • HCW: “In order to make a show trial effective the defendants have to be found guilty or the point will be lost.”

                  Not necessarily. Sometimes the benefits of the media campaign around such ‘trials’ is enough and worth the effort. Had Groening been acquitted in the end, the Holohoax would have emerged even stronger anyway. Many people had heard of that ‘trial’ and of the usual Holohoax claims. That was the most important outcome of that ‘trial’. That was not “a pointless waste of taxpayer time and money” for certain interests, regardless of the verdict.

                  Comment by hermie — October 19, 2015 @ 9:05 pm

            • show trial

              Maybe whether or not it was a “show trial” depends perhaps on the intended audience — as a bureaucrat in Germany or Austria, especially one working in the state prosecutor’s office, you aren’t going to hurt your career by going after Nazis — even a failed prosecution will not be seen as a negative — and given precedent und der Zeitgeist, they probably understandably assumed they would get a guilty verdict — whereas if you are seen as/accused of being soft on Nazis, your career will definitely not only go nowhere, it could well be finished.

              Comment by eah — October 19, 2015 @ 1:58 am

          • Wow. The orthodox narrative of the ‘Holocaust’ always sounds so much like conspiracy theory…😉

            I’m always amazed that so many people fail to see that. Harry Potter’s adventures look more plausible and documented than that childish conspiracy for gullible kids. IMO, the ludicrous Holo-canard is saved by the fact that emotional brain effectively inhibits rational brain. That or the boundless ineptitude of the masses. Or both.

            Comment by hermie — October 18, 2015 @ 5:37 am

          • You wrote: “the development of design of Gas Chambers and Creamatories for the Mass Murder had been demanded to two SS Officers in order to keep highest secrecy on the “project”.”

            Did the “two SS Officers” demand that each of the gas chambers be a different design? Why not just design a gas chamber, and then use the same design for ALL the gas chambers?

            What was the design of the gas chamber that was built at Theresienstadt in the last days of the war? Why is the Theresienstadt gas chamber not shown to tourists today?

            Comment by furtherglory — October 18, 2015 @ 6:13 am

            • Furtherglory! As I have already explained here, the misterious work had to be done – build – without any written design; only following oral instructions. At a certain moment the enineer – considering the first allarming news learned from Slovakinan inmates arrived some weeks before – felt the projected build as dangerous and allarmed the Elder. At a right moment Elder Benjamin Murmelstein reported the Commander Rahm that inmates were already allarmed and attempt of mass flight could occure. So Commander Rahm went to Prague returning after three days with the order to stop building work. Only Governor Reichs Minister and High SS Commander Karl Herrman Frank had the authority to give such an order preventing the aim of Eichmann to liquidate us all. Indeed Frank thought of a personal deal with Allied Commands using the Ghetto as a trump card. This is much better explained in the book about Theresienstadt written by Benjamin Murmelstein – pubblished in Italian and German version – which until now did not found an USA or UK Pubblishing House for an English version; That book is not suitable for Shoah Business.
              At any rate my opinion about the reason that two SS Officers – Engineers? – originates from the above.
              The Czech authorities seem tohave at least the decency not to show any Gas Chamber at Theresienstadt; but, indeed, they avoid so to explain why contruction works had been stopped.. Best.

              Comment by Wolf MURNELSTEIN — October 18, 2015 @ 8:10 am

        • I wrote this, about Walter Dejaco, several years ago, on my scrapbookpages.com website:

          Krema II was constructed by the Huta Corporation, according to a design by Architect Georg Werkmann, which was modified by Walter Dejaco. In 1972, Walter Dejaco was tried in a German court on a charge of aiding and abetting mass murder; he was acquitted of this charge. He claimed that he did not know that the morgue room, called Leichenkeller 1 on the building blueprint, was actually intended to be used as a gas chamber. The undressing room was called Leichenkeller 2 on the blueprint of the building. Leichenkeller is the German word for Corpse Cellar. On the blueprints of Krema IV and Krema V, also designed by Walter Dejaco, the gas chambers are called shower rooms.

          http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AuschwitzScrapbook/Tour/Birkenau/RuinsII03.html

          Comment by furtherglory — October 18, 2015 @ 6:19 am

          • In 1972, Walter Dejaco was tried in a German court

            Austrian court — the trial was in Wien.

            From the vho.org link posted by hermie:

            The trial files are allegedly no longer accessible in the Vienna courthouse…

            A construction expert testified before the court that the plans submitted during the indictment are identical to the original construction plans. He had to answer basically two questions put to him by the court:

            Do the plans indicate that these were gas chambers? His answer was: No.

            Could the accused infer from the plans that they could be transformed later into gas chambers? Here also was the answer: No.

            Walter Dejaco and Fritz Ertl were thus acquitted. The public prosecution did announce an appeal, but did not follow through with it. Despite protests no further measures against the two acquitted architects were taken. In the Vienna Auschwitz trial a well known construction specialist prepared an expert opinion. The material evidence did not indicate mass killings with poison gas.

            Question: Is this the reason why the files of the trial described here cannot be found?

            I highlighted the (for me) interesting part — perhaps this was the first instance where an ‘expert opinion’ was offered as evidence in a ‘Holocaust’ trial…?

            Comment by eah — October 18, 2015 @ 8:52 am

  8. Speer was an intellectual dreamer who spoke well and was likable . He soon learnt that to escape the hangman and even prosper in the post war world one needed to repeat the mea culpa written for him by the victors. One is reminded of Traundl Junge ‘s little speech at the begining of the 2005 film Downfall ( she died in 2002 and didn’t see her recorded mea culpa for that film ) . Speer after his release from Spandau was quite a celebrity with the media ; however not everyone was enamoured of the new man . Hans Baur Hitler’s personal pilot, suggested, “Speer must have taken leave of his senses.”

    Comment by peter — October 17, 2015 @ 9:57 am


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