but we never carried through. The book is available here:
It has a lot of valuable material and is very readable. However, it is demanding in the amount of ground covered and makes for distressing reading in places, so I'm not surprised if the task of reading was too daunting at first stretch. In this thread, I will discuss the Preface, Introduction and first Chapter. To recap, here are the contents:
PART ONE: THE EINSATZGRUPPEN
One The Einsatzgruppen: Structure, Mission and Reports
Two The Einsatzgruppen and the Order to Exterminate the European Jews
Three Jews in Incident Reports and Reports from the Occupied Eastern Territories
Four The Jäger Report and the Executions at Kaunas and Riga
Five The Death Toll
Six The Gas Vans
PART TWO: AKTION 1005
Appendices (including a bibliography)
This is by Germar Rudolf and analyses Russian and German history and the evolution of attitudes to the role of the Jews in those societies. This role may indeed have been distinctive. Rudolf also discusses Jewish self-perceptions. Rudolf has an apologetic tone at times. As the points made derive their significance from the rest of the book, I will not dwell on this section.
This essay by Mattogno dates back to 2016. Mattogno points out that writing on the Holocaust has moved further East in recent years, possibly because of the influence of revisionism. For the Einsatzgruppen, "there is at least abundant and specific documentation". He says that there is "a large and certainly authentic documentation that attests to mass executions of Jews". In this regard, he says:
This is despite "the well-founded suspicion that certain mass executions mentioned in them may have been completely invented." (Ibid.) Claims of the scale of shootings range from 900,000 (Hilberg) to 2,600,000 (Arad). On this point, he claims that no internal documentary criterion exists to establish the truth of what happened, so material evidence must be sought."Questioning the authenticity of the documents does not make sense, but the fact that they are authentic does not necessarily mean that their contents are true." (page 25)
Mattogno wishes to address principally whether there was a government extermination order and whether Jews were shot merely because they were Jews. He will also discuss "Aktion 1005", which reputedly destroyed evidence.
THE EINSATZGRUPPEN: STRUCTURE, MISSION AND REPORTS