So it would seem that at the time of writing, Irving accepted confessions such as that one from Jeckeln.
I'm not sure how open to interpretation the term "liquidation" is. Didn't the Germans openly discuss the liquidation of ghettos meaning the deportation of the inhabitants, or is that use just an exterminationist spin that I have yet to purge from my mind?
Maybe "no liquidation" means not liquidating Molotov's son rather than the train. Irving would seem to agree with that interpretation
That's what I was thinking at first, but....
If Dr. Jekelius was a Viennese neurologist involved in the Euthanasia program and this memo talks about arresting him, then we must assume that he wasn't yet in custody. So why would he be on a train of Jews, who are in effect prisoners?
Lets look at the memo as it is written. I think I have identified the right part using Irving's translation (handwriting is so hard to read) and preserved the format:
Verhaftung Dr Jekelius
Angebl. Sohn Molotow.
Judentransport aus Berlin.
Which, in English, is:
Arrest Dr Jekelius
Alleg. Son of Molotov.
Jew Transport from Berlin.
Note how each part is on another line. Of course, clearly space was an issue on the paper, (although Himmler does cram more on a line further down), but doesn't this suggest that each line in this case relates to something entirely different to the line above? That would explain the lack of logical connection between the arrest of Dr Jekelius, an alleged son of Molotov and the transport of Jews from Berlin. These words are written by Himmler presumably (correct me if I'm wrong) for his own use as a reminder of what he spoke about with Heydrich. They are just notes jotted down that might not make sense to anyone else and might have no discernable context. I know I have glanced at notes by phones and found them puzzling. I've even looked at my own notes from long ago and had no idea what I meant at the time of writing them.
Perhaps in Himmler's conversation with Heydrich they spoke about arresting Jekelius, about an alleged son of Molotov, about a transport of Berlin Jews and about not liquidating something or someone. Is that too much of a stretch? The notes are brief and disjointed whatever way you interpret them. Maybe they are even more incoherent and indecipherable to anyone but Himmler than has been thought.
Of course, this allows for "No liquidation" to be unrelated to the transport of Berlin Jews. That the phrase appears underneath mention of such a transport could be a coincidence of the kind only noticed and deemed important by historians starved of any real documentary evidence for extermination.
It would be interesting to know what the other lines on the memo say and if the same format is seen. It is hard to imagine that Irving or anyone else wouldn't have considered this if the memos had a pattern of this type of note taking. Although if after investigation any link between Jekelius and Molotov seems absurd then I think my theory can be the only one that works.