Re: Goebbels Feb. 15, 1942 Diary Entry
HMSendeavour wrote:I have little reason to suspect the diaries are not authentic.
Not so fast, the "famous" Mar 27 entry is not so easy to explain. Worth examining the whole thing carefully
Mar 27, 1942 (II.3.561) **
Beginning with Lublin, the Jews in the General Government are now being evacuated (abgeschoben) eastward. The procedure is a pretty barbaric one and not to be described here more definitely. Not much will remain of the Jews. On the whole it can be said that about 60 percent of them will have to be liquidated (liquidiert) whereas only about 40 percent can be used for forced labor.
The former Gauleiter of Vienna, who is to carry this measure through, is doing it with considerable circumspection and according to a method that does not attract too much attention. A judgment is being visited upon the Jews that, while barbaric, is fully deserved by them. The prophesy which the Führer made about them for having brought on a new World War is beginning to come true in a most terrible manner. One must not be sentimental in these matters. If we did not fight the Jews, they would destroy us (vernichten). It’s a life-and-death struggle between the Aryan race and the Jewish bacillus. No other government and no other regime would have the strength for such a global solution of this question. Here, too, the Führer is the undismayed champion of a radical solution necessitated by conditions, and therefore inexorable. Fortunately a whole series of possibilities presents itself for us in wartime that would be denied us in peacetime. We shall have to profit by this.
The ghettos that will be emptied in the cities of the General Government will now be refilled with Jews thrown out (ausgeschobenen) of the Reich. This process is to be repeated from time to time. There is nothing funny in it for the Jews, and the fact that Jewry’s representatives in England and America are today organizing and sponsoring the war against Germany must be paid for dearly by its representatives in Europe—and that’s only right.
I scoff at the notion that the barbaric procedure or method he allegedly keeps bringing up could in any way relate to resettlement, evacuation, or even plunder.
Remember he also allegedly says it will be carried out by "the former Gauleiter of Vienna", that is Globocnik, with "considerable circumspection" and "according to a method that does not attract too much attention"
Taken on it's own, this entry points to extermination. Any other alternative is nonsensical. Let's play a word replacement game - this 'wealth appropriation' is being conducted according to a method that does not attract too much attention. What!?
And how does this square with his alleged statement "Not much will remain of the Jews?" Even if he is talking about evacuation, before this the Jews were sequestered in disgusting disease ridden ghettos, deprived of most of their ability to work and therefore justify their own existence. All evidence suggests that following their evacuation from the ghettos and firmly into German hands their level of care dramatically increased. His statement "only 40% can be used for labor" is similarly rubbish. Rather, as is well documented, even children and the aged were put to work, and sick Jews were rehabilitated.
So the document, or at least this single entry, is as contrived and ridiculous as most witness statements. It is alarming so many here casually assume it is authentic. Hannover's view must be taken more seriously.