However, one month later, Korherr supposedly prepared upon Himmler's request a shorter version which was to be shown to Hitler. The long version ends thus:
korherr (long version) wrote:"Insgesamt dürfte das europäische Judentum seit 1933, also im ersten Jahrzehnt der nationalsozialistischen deutschen Machtentfaltung, bald die Hälfte seines Bestandes verloren haben."
"In total, European Jewry should have lost since 1933 - ie in the first decade of national-socialist rule - almost half of its population."
The number of Jews in Europe given for 1937 is 10,3 million; there is no number given for 1933. Still, half the population should be around 5 million.
Most of these 5 milion Jews have, as is detailed in the report, emigrated or have been evacuated. Only a comparatively small part of the total loss supposedly is due to death.
The short version includes this same sentence, but adds afterwards:
korherr (short version) wrote:"Davon ist wieder nur etwa die Hälfte, also ein Viertel des europäischen Gesamtbestandes von 1937, den anderen Erdteilen zugeflossen."
"Only half of these, ie a quarter of the total European population of 1937, have been added to ["have flowed into"] the other continents."
Which obviously means that about 2,5 milion have died. But if that many had died as of 12/31/1942, then around 5 million dead at the end of the war doesn't look like an exaggeration.
Therefore, my questions:
What do we know of the origin of the report's short version? Is there any chance it has been tampered with? Korherr lived long enough to dismiss the notion that "Sonderbehandlung" (special treatment) in his report referred to killings.
Korherr's letter to the SPIEGEL newspaper (in German):
http://www.fpp.co.uk/History/General/Ko ... 50777.html
But it seems nobody asked him about the last sentence of the short version. Maybe he died before the short version was "discovered"?
Or can anyone think of a benign interpretation of that last sentence?
Both versions of the report, as well as some somewhat suspicious letters mentioning it, can be found here:
(in German; google for English version of long version; English version of short version may not be available.)