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Fleming: Hitler Final Solution (Cloth) [Hardcover]

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1 July 1992 0520051033 978-0520051034
Fleming is the only scholar given access to the interrogations of the German civilian crematoria engineers lying inaccessible, until a few months ago, in Moscow. This historically important information finally places the last stone in the mosaic of Auschwitz-Berkenau.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520051033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520051034
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,816,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Fleming's book] should finally lay to rest David Irving's provocative theory that Hitler neither ordered nor wished the destruction of the Jewish people. . . . A meticulous examination of the entire network of authority that set the extermination policy in motion."--"New York Review of Books --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable sourcebook about the Holocaust 29 Aug 2011
By Bacchus TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book was written in 1983 by Gerald Fleming after his retirement as a languages professor at the University of Surrey. Gerald Fleming was in fact German, having come to England as a refugee before the Second World War.

The inspiration for the book was comments by the revisionist historian, David Irving who, in his book, "Hitler's War" claimed that Hitler was not aware of the extermination of the Jews in Europe until 1943. Irving has always been keen on trying to exonorate Hitler and, when he sued for libel the publisher and writer of a book that named him as a holocaust denier, lost his case and was bankrupted.

The revisionists' case over the Holocaust is based on four basic premises:
1. There was no programme of extermination
2. There was no explicit order ordering the genocide of the Jewish population
3. The numbers are highly exaggerated with the number of Jewish dead being considerably less than the 6 million figure quoted
4. The forensic evidence that Auschwitz was used for mass gas extermination is weak; it was a labour camp

Furthermore, the eye witness testimony of the protagonists is hopelessly tainted. The confessions of SS personnel were extracted under torture and the testimonies of Jewish survivors are self serving and contradictory.

This book looks at the first and second of the basic premises. In Fleming's view, the Holocaust is entirely in line with Hitler's rhetoric since childhood and throughout his rise to political prominence during the 1920s - it is clear that he was virulently anti-Semitic from an early age. It looks at Hitler's character and his ability to dissemble so that innocent words such as final solution could not mean anything other that mass murder.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Book 9 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
'Factual' supposition but on the whole a dry and very boring book! Difficult to keep up the interest! Regret buying it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Intentionalist view, though still valuable 31 July 2000
By P. Bjel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Gerald Fleming makes an excellent case and puts forward an enriching amount of material that makes this study highly integral to both the historiography of the Holocaust, as well as to many aspects of this nightmarish aura of terror.
A great many perpetrators are put forward in this study: Eichmann, Heydrich, Himmler, to name but a few, thus providing readers with a broader perspective and how Nazi Jewish policies involved large echelons of people that enacted, in different forms, such policies. At the forefront of this short, but provocative study, is Adolf Hitler himself. Fleming's apparent motivation stems from the recent controversy of Mr. David Irving, who apparently has far from negative views about 'Der Fuehrer' and his role in the Final Solution.
There are a few negative things to be made clear. First, Fleming, though he does an excellent job in pinpointing Hitler's responsibility and knowledge of everything pertaining to genocide, argues a far-reaching theory known as "Intentionalism." This school of thought - now largely in a minority - believe that Hitler was set in his views about murdering the Jews of Europe from the very beginning of his political life (the 1920s). By the time he became Chancellor in 1933, all he needed was the right moment to lash out. This idea is a negative, as the exhaustive efforts of historians like Christopher R. Browning and Richard Breitman, have demonstrated (and provided overwhelming evidence) that Nazi Jewish policy emerged more as a solution amidst a series of failures and frustration in somehow getting Jews out of Europe rather than as a premeditated plan. This school of thought, of which the reviewer considers himself to be a member, is called "Functionalism."
Second (and this is an example put forward by Breitman), Fleming does not take care to tell when exactly Hitler ordered various Jewish policies to take place. He just makes it clear that he did.
The case Fleming puts forward is laudable and makes a very interesting read, especially in light of recent "paranormal" happenings with Holocaust and WWII scholarship - as evidenced by writers like revisionists David Irving and Daniel Goldhagen, who have put forward theories surrounding the Holocaust that merit plenty of question (this is, after all, revisionism, is it not?). Fleming's work, if nothing else, may serve as definite proof as to the ultimate bearer of responsibility for the genocide committed during the Second World War. Hitler, though he was careful never to leave a written order ("Fuehrerbefehl") pertaining to this, remained absolutely in touch to his nightmarish vision, where millions perished.
Intentionalist or Functionalist, historian or everyday reader, make it a point to read Mr. Gerald Fleming's work.
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably Comprehensive Examination of the Long and Winding Road to Nazi Genocide 1 Feb 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This work sufficiently reviewed the various steps (and detours) that ultimately led to the extermination of the Jews, as well as roughly five millions other "enemies of the Reich." I found it to be very helpful in illuminating why many of the tell-tale signs were swept away (e.g., why no one has found the written order from Hitler to institute the full-scale annihilation of the Jews). It is an important work in refuting the old cabal perpetrated by neo-Nazis that Hitler could not have ordered the mass murders because one cannot locate the specific order with Hitler's signature attached to it).
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