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Historians have long searched for the order to annihilate the Jews or - insofar as they excluded a Fuehrer-order - for other central documents The Wannsee Protocol was rejected Here second-level men were to be found here they spoke not of an order but rather an authorization of Hitler Characteristically a pre-arranged agreement applied to this meeting ordered from above At the least documentary criteria had to be found that permitted plausible inferences as to place point in time and personal construction of such a conversation The research led nowhere Now however a 34-year old Berlin historian translators note Geschichtswissenschaft is science of history has precisely answered the old question And to say it right up front the proof is ingenious He didnt publish it in one of the eternally boring academic tomes and in so doing made the right choice The work appeared in Volume 18 6th year November 1997 of the unorthodox independent magazine Werkstatt Geschichte Written with practically mathematical precision the essay covers 37 pages including 223 source notes The title is The Wannsee Conference the fate of German Jews and Hitlers fundamental political decision to murder all European Jews The authors name is Christian Gerlach He has found proof of an internal speech of Hitlers from 1941 that no other researcher had even mentioned before The weak dictator Already Hans Mommsen the foremost Holocaust researcher grumbles the young man is to be sure exceptional has however gone astray using outdated methods and above all makes too much noise In fact Gerlach - in no way naive - falls between those two schools of thought that contemporary historians have occupied for decades passed down and in every case retreated from even a centimeter only reluctantly On one hand the so-called intentionalists impute an absolute desire of Adolf Hitler for genocide evident already in the earliest program Even the means of the extermination - poison gas -
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