Long-lost diary of Nazi Alfred Rosenberg turned over to Holocaust Museum
By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post, December 17, 2013
Alfred Rosenberg joined the Nazis before Adolf Hitler did. He later served as the party’s interim leader. He wrote a virulent, best-selling book about the “Aryan” struggle against Jews.
...On Tuesday the Nazi theorist’s 425-page, handwritten diary, which vanished after the war, was transferred by federal authorities to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which had been searching for it for years. ...Rosenberg was tried as a war criminal and hanged in 1946. He was 53. Scholars had been eager to see what this longtime Nazi from Hitler’s inner circle had to say in the missing journal. But details of the Nazis’ grand plans for genocide and brutal domination are absent from the pages. “Rosenberg obsessed a lot about the Jews — just not in his diary,” said Jurgen Matthaus, director of applied research at the museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. “He saw no reason to elaborate on fundamental Nazi goals, as he regarded them as self-evident,” Matthaus said at the museum transfer ceremony. ..."If you are looking for shattering revelations about the Nazi era, you’re not going to find them,” he said. “His diary often seems muted, if not silent, on crucial topics and important events, including the persecution of Jews,” Matthaus said. “There’s a lot of surprising material,” he said, but “this is not the smoking gun. This is not the silver bullet.....”Michael Hoffman's Afterword: 68 years after the end of World War II and still no proof of the gas chamber execution claims, just a lot of mind-reading by pompous true-believers such as Jurgen Matthaus, possessed of some sort of omniscience that has been denied lesser mortals. We’re dealing with a religious fanatic here, not a historian. A historian would react with surprise at the lack of
"genocide and brutal domination” in this private diary and do further investigating. The religious fanatic reaffirms a dogma in the presence of missing evidence.
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