Aspects of the Third Reich by H. W. Koch

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This increase was considered even more alarming in view of the fact that a few days prior to the November election the NSDAP and KPD had joined hands in supporting the Berlin transport strike. Hindenburg was left to his own devices and could rely only on the advice given to him by his immediate entourage. To seek counsel where he could find it was not foreseen in the Constitution, neither had it been declared unconstitutional: for Hindenburg there was no other way. Now as 52 ASPECTS OF THE THIRD REICH ever Papen remained his favourite, but Papen lacked majority support.

One of the defence counsel had the brilliant idea of calling Hitler to give evidence. 16 Questioned closely, 1933: THE LEGALITY OF HITLER'S POWER 45 Hitler openly declared that the Constitution dictated to him the path by which he might obtain power but not the aims which he should pursue once he had the majority. Asked by one of the judges whether he had once said that after a NS assumption of power 'heads would roll in the sand', Hitler confirmed this, stating that once the NSDAP was in power with the necessary majority, it would call into being a state court to judge the 'November criminals'.

Irving's goal is undisguisedly a vindication of Hitler who, according to him, 'alone did not have any voice after 1945' whereas his friends and foes alike, through one-sided descriptions and genuine errors, gave an untrue picture of the war. It was characteristic that the German publisher refused to incorporate in the German edition the most controversial assertion by the author, that Hitler had not known anything about the 'Final Solution'. This is said to come from a telegram discovered by Irving in which, so he says, Hitler forbade the liquidation of the Jews.

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