Occasionally it is cited by exterminationists as proof that the Nazis were mass murdering Jews. I have found these two images
English:Betrifft: Behandlung der Judenfrage
Im Auftrage des Führers teile ich mit:
Bei der öffentlichen Behandlung der Judenfrage muß jede Erörterung einer künftigen Gesamtlösung unterbleiben.
Es kann jedoch davon gesprochen werden, dass die Juden geschlossen zu zweckentsprechendem Arbeitseinsatz herangezogen werden.
gez. M. Bormann
Re: Treatment of the Jewish Question
On Instructions from the Fuehrer I make known the following:
Where the Jewish Question is brought up in public, there may be no discussion of a future overall solution.
It may, however, be mentioned that the Jews are taken in groups for appropriate labor purposes.
Signed, M, Bormann
Just looking at this document, there is nothing at all about it that implies any sort of extermination policy. Yes, an extermination policy would be secretive if it existed, but there are many reasons for a policy to be secretive even if it does not involve extermination. Every government/military on the planet has secret programs/operations that they do not want discussed.
The document contrasts "future overall solution" with current use of Jews for forced labor. This is towards the end of Aktion Reinhardt, the secret mass resettlement program. As to why these labor camps would not be secretive, it was because that was totally impossible: various concentration camps allowed mail/postcards, prisoners were sometimes released after a period of time, and for example at Auschwitz, civilians could come to work and be paid for it.
Despite many critics [perhaps ironically] pretending as though a mass resettlement program during WWII was some sort of enjoyable vacation, or some benevolent thing the Germans would have wanted everyone to know about, this is not merely a strawman. I would suggest the following threads:
The "Operation Reinhardt Secrecy Oath" - proof for extermination? viewtopic.php?t=12924
Prisoners dying in transit to the AR camps (Sobibor, Belzec, Treblinka) / other deaths / expected death tolls viewtopic.php?t=12910
The date of this document (11 July 1943) must be noted. According to exterminationists, the "Final Solution" was not always a plan to exterminate Jews. Instead, it slowly developed into a genocidal policy. None of the "Final Solution" documents actually state that the "Final Solution" was a "kill all Jews" policy - quite the opposite. Usually it is said that at the beginning of 1942 the decision to exterminate the Jews was made, typically citing the 20 January 1942 Wannsee Conference.
The claimed text of the Wannsee conference - the Wannsee Protocols - make no mention of any extermination plan. I will not go too deeply into Wannsee here because there are other threads for that, but I will provide some links and the nquote some part of the Wannsee Protocols. Just search "Wannsee" in this forum, it is covered heavily:
Wannsee Conference minutes debunked viewtopic.php?t=1647
English Translation of Wannsee Protocols: https://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Wannsee_Protocol
Wannsee Conference Info https://en.metapedia.org/wiki/Wannsee_Conference
From the Wannsee Protocols:
At the beginning of the discussion Chief of the Security Police and of the SD, SS-Obergruppenführer Heydrich, reported that the Reich Marshal had appointed him delegate for the preparations for the final solution of the Jewish question in Europe and pointed out that this discussion had been called for the purpose of clarifying fundamental questions.
The wish of the Reich Marshal to have a draft sent to him concerning organizational, factual and material interests in relation to the final solution of the Jewish question in Europe makes necessary an initial common action of all central offices immediately concerned with these questions in order to bring their general activities into line. The Reichsführer-SS and the Chief of the German Police (Chief of the Security Police and the SD) was entrusted with the official central handling of the final solution of the Jewish question without regard to geographic borders. The Chief of the Security Police and the SD then gave a short report of the struggle which has been carried on thus far against this enemy, the essential points being the following:
a) the expulsion of the Jews from every sphere of life of the German people,
b) the expulsion of the Jews from the living space of the German people.
In carrying out these efforts, an increased and planned acceleration of the emigration of the Jews from Reich territory was started, as the only possible present solution.
In the meantime the Reichsführer-SS and Chief of the German Police had prohibited emigration of Jews due to the dangers of an emigration in wartime and due to the possibilities of the East.
Another possible solution of the problem has now taken the place of emigration, i.e. the evacuation of the Jews to the East, provided that the Führer gives the appropriate approval in advance.
There is nothing in this document to suggest any sort of plan to exterminate the Jews. Yet, this is when "Final Solution" is supposed to have become an "extermination" policy.
Martin Bormann was no random NSDAP official. He was Hitler's private secretary and after Rudolf Hess's 1941 flight to Britain became the head of the NSDAP's Chancellery. Bormann was accepted into Hitler's inner circle, accompanied him almost everywhere and provided him briefings and summaries of events. He was present with Hitler in the Fuehrerbunker when Hitler committed suicide. Bormann himself did not attend the Wannsee conference, but his assistant SS-Oberführer Dr. Gerhard Klopfer did attend. So we should reasonably expect that Bormann himself knew what was discussed there, and would have known about any extermination policy if it was taking place.
Another document from Martin Bormann, dating 9 October 1942 (9 months after Wannsee) gives a different picture regarding the "Final Solution" than what exterminationists would have us believe. I will link to a thread devoted to this document, and also quote excerpts from it:
3244-PS Martin Bormann on the solution of the Jewish Problem viewtopic.php?t=9280
From the text:
Preparatory Measures for the Solution of the Jewish Problem in Europe-Rumors About the Position of the Jews in the East.
V.I. 66/881 of the 9 Oct., 1942
In the course of the work on the final solution of the Jewish problem, discussions about "very strict measures" against the Jews, especially in the Eastern territories, have lately been taking place within the population of the various areas of the Reich. Investigations showed that such discussions - mostly in a distorted and exaggerated form - were passed on by soldiers on leave from various units committed in the East, who had the opportunity to eye-witness these measures. It is conceivable that not all "Blood Germans" are capable of demonstrating sufficient understanding for the necessity of such measures, especially not those parts of the population which do not have the opportunity of visualizing bolshevist atrocities on the basis of their own observations. In order to be able to counter-act any formation of rumors in this connection, which frequently ark of an intentional, prejudiced character, the following statements are issued for information about the present state of affairs:
For approx. 2000 years, a so-far unsuccessful battle has been waged against Judaism. Only since 1933 have we started to find ways and means in order to enable a complete separation of Judaism from the German masses.
The work toward a solution which has previously been accomplished can in the main be divided as follows:
The repulsion of Jews from the individual spheres of living of the German people...
The attempt to completely drive out the enemy from the area of the Reich... it was hoped this problem could be solved in the main by speeding up the Jewish emigration.
Since the outbreak of war in 1939 these possibilities of emigration decreased to an ever greater extent... in view of the large numbers of Jews residing in these territories a complete repulsion of the Jews by emigration is no longer possible.
...the whole problem must still be solved by the present generation.
A complete removal or withdrawal of the millions of Jews residing in the European economic space [Wirtschaftsraum] is therefore an urgent need in the fight for the security of existence of the German people.
Starting with the territory of the Reich and proceeding to the remaining European countries included in the final solution, the Jews are currently being deported to large camps which have already been established or which are to be established in the East, where they will either be used for work or else transported still farther to the East...
As we see, Bormann quite explicitly states that the "Final Solution" is a policy of expelling/resettling/deporting Jews; Either to concentration camps or further east. Read the whole thing, I didn't exclude any talk of extermination or gassing. This document is in total congruence with the revisionist position, but exterminationists will likely insist that "evacuation" or "deportation" or "resettlement" here is a "code word for mass murder."
Already by the time of this document (9 October 1942), it was known that the "Final Solution" would be postponed until after the war. Some examples:
1 - Undated Schlegelberger memo (March or April 1942) stating Hitler declared to Hans Lammers that "the Solution of the Jewish Problem has been postponed until after the war is over" viewtopic.php?t=534
2 - 24 July 1942, Hitler at a HQ dinner stated that he will tackle Jewish problem "nach Beendigung des Krieges" (after the war's over). https://archive.is/RXi60#selection-153.78-161.199
3 - Two other examples here: viewtopic.php?p=93103#p93103
In regards to #3, that entire thread is devoted to documents mentioning the "Final Solution" - it is a great read
In conclusion, there is nothing about this specific document that refutes revisionists or necessarily supports the "Holocaust" story. In fact, quite the opposite. The document is dated over one and a half years from the Wannsee Conference, which is supposedly when the Germans decided to exterminate all Jews.
The document is stating that there should be no speculative discussion regarding a future solution to the Jewish question. Yet, if the Jews had actually been subjected to over a year and a half of extermination, what sense would it make to say there should be no future discussion of the Jewish Question? At this point in time it is claimed that over 1.5 million Jews were already killed at 3 AR camps. Why would they prohibit talk of a "future overall solution" if the Jews were expected to all be dead by then?
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail