Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, where senior officials of the NS-regime met to decide on the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". To mark the occasion, an American professor of political science - Dr. Paul Gottfried - has published a piece absolving Germans of any guilt in the Holocaust. According to Gottfried, the notion that the German people were complicit in carrying out the "Final Solution" is a "leftist" myth that has been used to demoralize Germans and force them to turn away from their national identity:
Basic to this self-flagellation is having Auschwitz serve, in a former German foreign minister’s words, as the “founding myth for the German Federal Republic.” One must believe that not only did the Third Reich murder millions of Jews, but that Germans of all classes and regions happily cooperated.
This borders on Holocaust denial. And Gottfried goes on to accuse "leftists" of lying about the role of the Wehrmacht in participating in the mass murder of Jews and other ethnic groups. Gottfried repeats the claim made by right-wing nationalists that the Wehrmacht is blameless and was simply fighting a war for national honor. Professor Gottfried bases his conclusions on the work of a single historian:
It is against this background of lunacy that Alfred de Zayas, a retired high official from the UN Commission for Human Rights, has released Völkermord als Staatsgeheimnis (Genocide as a State Secret, 2011). Zayas has authored other controversial works that go against the prevalent leftist grain. Among his earlier studies are heavily documented examinations of Eastern Europeans’ organized murders of Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans) after the Second World War, as well as the postwar agreements that greased the skids for these crimes. Zayas’s works are all painstakingly documented, and his latest study is based on thirty-five years of interviews and a laborious sifting of sources. The author fine-combed the records and testimonies of the Nuremberg Trials in 1946-47 and interviewed surviving “war criminals” including Albert Speer and Admiral Karl Dönitz, the Nuremberg prosecutors, and former war prisoners of the Nazis.