February 1, 2007 (Thursday)
THINGS get more interesting. At 6:40 pm, Ian B. writes to me: "I am in the process of obtaining seven reels of microfilm of Rudolf Höss's (picture below right) trial in 1946 - 1947, which also contains investigation material, evidence and court documents during the commandant's trial in Kraków. If you are interested, would you like a copy at some-point." I reply: "I would be extremely interested. . . How can we arrange this? It seems vital for my Himmler biography. I am visiting all the Reinhardt sites privately in a few weeks. Where are you getting the Höss trial stuff from? While in prison I read and analysed the whole Aumeier file, very interesting indeed (he was Höss's deputy)."
Yes indeed, things HAVE goten more interesting. Seeing as how the Auschwitz authorities banned Irving from visiting Auschwitz and its archives and filming a documentary with a BBC TV crew about 10 or so years ago (apparently only those with an Auschwitz Preferred Customer Card can attempt anything resembling research there now), I can only say to him, "good luck".
I am optimistic, however. Perhaps he could sneak some shovels in with his luggage and hire some Polish laborers to get to the 'bottom' of things at Treblinka and Belzec (just work around the tacky stone monuments) and resolve this matter once and for all. Unfortunately, I seem to recall that the Protectors of the Faith don't hold curious researchers in very high regard.
The Holocaust Theme Park: Mourn, worship, or leave. No science allowed.