The Hitler Quote is the one big gun the Armenians possess in their sparse
evidence for the “Genocide.” it always crops up when the Armenians
list their reasons for their genocide’s occurrence.

The idea, of course, is to link the “Armenian cause” to that of the Jewish
victims of W.W. II, so that public opinion can more readily swallow the idea of
a genocide.

The interesting thing is that this quote is always quoted… not quite the
same. PBS’s “The Great War” program, for example, reported the quote
as: “Who remembers the Armenian massacres today.” Below, you’ll find
Professor Gerard Weinberg’s example, “Who today remembers the Armenian
extermination?” Then there is the more customary, “Who, after all, speaks
today of the extermination of the Armenians?”

If Hitler made such a quote, I feel it should at least be quoted the way
he was supposed to have said it!

This quote grabbed first major attention in the November 24, 1945 issue of
The Times of London, (after debuting in a 1942 book, as you will read below)
basing its attribution to Hitler in an address given by him on August 22, 1939.
Officers of the Nuremberg Tribunal located the speeches’ original minutes, as
an attempt was made to insert the quote into the proceedings; these were
admitted as evidence, and nowhere was there mention of Armenians.

There are a few interesting aspects to this all-important quote.

1) The 1939 speech alludes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland. It had nothing
to do with The Final Solution of the Jews, which would not be implemented for
another three years, with the Wannsee Conference gathering. So if Hitler
actually made this quote, the Armenian case is to be correlated with the plight
of the Poles, not the Jews.

2) The Armenian reference doesn’t tie in with the rest of the speech. It
comes out of nowhere.

3) If you read what came before from the above link, both versions attest
to Hitler’s having said, in so many words, “I have given the order, and
will have anyone shot who utters one word of criticism.” Hitler was a
megalomaniac. The Armenian reference sounds like he was going out of his way to
justify his actions. Did Hitler need such justification?

4) What was Hitler… a great social scientist? What did he know about the
Armenian “Genocide” anyway? (Is it possible that Hitler’s pappy was
obsessed with the Armenians, reading his son bedtime massacre stories, as
German Photographer Armin Theophil Wegner’s dad is reported to have
mysteriously done?) At any rate, if Hitler actually made this quote, we can now
conclude he made two great blunders in his life, the other being the invasion
of the Soviet Union. “Who remembers the Armenian massacres today”?
Why, EVERYBODY remembers them! The Armenians and other Turk-haters have harped
on the “genocide” issue, having made it a cause of their existence..!
They have the wealth, power and obsession to even clutter up government
parliaments hoping to pass meaningless resolutions, as if they were the only
ones who have historically suffered. What is NOT remembered are the tons of
other examples of man’s inhumanity to man. Certainly, the massacres of Turks by
Armenians are on this list. A dramatic example is one of a relatively
contemporary genocide that actually succeeded. Hitler would have been more
correct to have said, “Who remembers the TASMANIAN massacres today.”
(I believe the only Tasmanian survivor is the one from the Bugs Bunny cartoons;
now you know why he’s always infuriated.)

5) The Germans were very sensitive about being blamed for the Armenian
massacres. Here is a passage from “The Literary Digest” for October
27, 1917, an article entitled GERMAN GUILT FOR ARMENIAN BLOOD:

NEVER has Germany been connected so intimately with the Armenian horrors
as in the testimony of the Rev. Alpheus Newell Andrus, senior missionary for
the Congregational Station at Mardin, Mesopotamia. The plan to extirpate the
Armenian Christians from Turkey was “made in Germany and suggested to the
Turks by German officials,” he declares, with the further information that
wherever the Armenians made a stand against their Moslem oppressors “it
was German officers and German cannon that broke them up.” The far-sighted
Germans, he explains in the New York Evening Post, were looking forward to the
time when “they expected to gain complete dominion in Turkey, and they
wanted to eliminate the Armenian question by getting rid of the Armenian

Of course, the writer was a missionary, so we don’t have to pay attention
to his nonsense… it’s all his ridiculous opinion. However, this is the kind
of conclusion that made the Germans quake in their boots! Probably the ultimate
reason why Talat Pasha’s assassin was allowed to walk a free man. Imagine the
impact this trial must have caused in Germany, with the reputation of the
German nation on the line. No doubt the German press, just like the German
defense attorneys, did all they could to give the Turks a black eye. Where was
Adolf Hitler during all this? As a young man, he was probably reading all about
how the Turks systematically planned to exterminate the poor, Christian
Armenians. So even if Hitler made this quote…. it has no significance
regarding whether the Turks were guilty of genocide!

The irony, of course, is that the evidence is overwhelming about this
quote being fabricated, just like so many other pieces of “evidence”
the Armenians have cooked up. Let’s examine a few of these.

Armenian “Hitler Quote” Proven To Be Fabrication

“The U.S. Congress and Adolf Hitler on the Armenians”

by Dr. Heath W. Lowry

reviewed by Leon Picon

Speaking before the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in 1983, Professor
Richard Hovannisian of UCLA, the dean of Armenian-American historians, echoed a
bit of the crumbling pseudo-history on which Armenians today base much of their
claims of the ill-termed ~genocide of 1915.” He told his audience interalia:

“Perhaps Adolf Hitler had good cause in 1939 to declare, according to the
Nuremberg trial transcripts, ‘Who, after all, speaks today of the extermination
of the Armenians?”

It is now obvious that Professor Hovannisian never checked the Nuremberg
trial transcripts to which he attributes this Hitlerian quotation. Dr. Heath W.
Lowry of the Institute of Turkish Studies, however, did go through the
Nuremberg records painstakingly, and the results of his research are
fascinating. Lowry shows quite conclusively that “the Hitler Quote,” which has
taken on a life of its own among Armenian— and even Holocaust scholars—during
the past forty years, does not appear at all anywhere in the Nuremberg

“There is no proof [writes Lowry] that Adolf Hitler ever made such a
statement. Everything written to date has attributed the purported Hitler
quote, not to primary sources, but to an article that appeared in the Times of
London on Saturday, November 24, 1945. Said article, entitled “Nazi Germany’s
Road to War,” cites the quote and bases its attribution to Hitler on an address
by him to his Commanders-in-chief six years earlier, on August 22, 1939, a few
days prior to his invasion of Poland. According to the unnamed author of the
Times article, the speech had been introduced as evidence during the November
23, 1945, session of the Nuremberg Tribunal. Hitler is quoted as having stated,
‘Thus, for the time being I have sent to the East only my Death’s Head units,
with the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of
the Polish race or language. Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of
the Armenians?’ However, this version of the address was never accepted as
evidence in this or any other session of the Nuremberg Tribunal.”

The first appearance of this spurious “quotation” was in a book entitled
“What About Germany?” written by an American newspaperman, and published in
1942. It is to this book and to the Times article—and only to them that the
Hitler Quote is traceable; yet, while the quote has been used a myriad of times
by Armenian scholars ad publicists, no one has attributed it to either of these
sources. Nor is mention ever made of the fact that an attempt was made to have the
quote inserted into the Nuremberg proceedings, but the Tribunal rejected the
material as evidence because it was a “garbled merger” of two Hitler speeches
obtained from questionable sources. The American newspaperman, undoubtedly
Louis Lochner of the Associated Press, as Dr. Lowry documents, had a penchant
for embellishing facts. Officers of the Nuremberg Tribunal, obviously aware of
this, sought and fortunately located the original minutes taken of the Hitler
speech (or speeches); these were admitted as evidence; and nowhere is there any
mention of Armenians!

In taking on a life of its own, the spurious ‘Hitler Quote’ has gone
through several metamorphoses in the hands of Armenian publicists. Claiming
that Hitler made this statement to justify his plans for the extermination of
the Jews of Europe, Armenians have used the “quotation” to help them gain
access to Holocaust programs and curricula. The fact remains that nowhere, even
in the Lochner and Times versions of the Hitler speech of August 22, 1939, are
Jews mentioned at all! Nevertheless, Armenians have been successful in
persuading members of the United States Congress to read into the Congressional
Record statements linking the Hitler quote to the Holocaust. Dr. Lowry has done
us a service by detailing the lack of knowledge of a number of members of our
Legislative Branch and their blind acceptance of the output of the Armenian

Dr. Lowry’s article, which appeared in Political Communication and
Persuasion, Volume 3, Number 2 (1985), is compact and well-documented. An
appendix to the article contains excerpts from the Congressional speeches on
the Armenians. Were it not so tragic, it becomes amusing to read these excerpts
just to see the degree to which Members of Congress can garble a single
quotation and distort its alleged purport. It is with justification that Lowry
concludes his article with a plea to the Congress:

“Finally given the serious problems facing our nation, e.g., the arms
race, unemployment, and budget deficits, in conjunction with the fact that as
this study has repeatedly demonstrated, history is clearly not the forte of
many U.S. Congressmen and Senators, it is not impertinent to suggest that the
Congress would be better served if its members were to confine their activities
to the business at hand and leave the writing of history to the historians.”

It is of more than passing interest to observe that with the publication
of Heath Lowry’s research another of the props sustaining the Armenian claims
of “genocide” collapses. Now, after more than forty years since its
fabrication, the “Hitler Quote” has been exploded. The central problem still
remains, however. The mythology that has been developed around the events of
1915 has been repeated so often that large segments of even educated people
have come to to accept the mythology as History. One can only hope that as
solid research continues to be conducted on this period of history by
dispassionate scholars, truth will shift down and displace the mythology at all
educational levels. It has been said that myths die hard. The Myth of the
“Hitler Quote” should have died in infancy.


The Hitler Quote and the Nuremberg Trials

Having established that the first published appearance of Hitter’s alleged
remark on the Armenians occurred in the 1942 Lochner book, we will now examine
the history of its subsequent appearance in the course of the Nuremberg trials.
It is necessary to state at the outset, however, that contrary to Professor
Hovannisian in the above-mentioned quote, and a whole body of scholars writing
on the Holocaust, the Nuremberg trials transcripts do not in fact contain the
purported Hitler quote. Instead, the Nuremberg transcripts clearly demonstrate
that the tribunal rejected Lochner’s version of Hitler’s Obersalzberg speech in
favor of two more official versions found in confiscated German military
records. These two records are, respectively, detailed notes of the August 22,
1939, meeting taken down by Admiral Hermann Boehm, Chief of the High Seas
Fleet, who was in attendance; 10 and an unsigned memorandum in two parts which
provides a detailed account of Hitler’s August 22, 1939, remarks at
Obersalzberg. This document originated in the Chief of the High Command of the
Armed Forces (Oberkommando der Wehrmact [0KW]) files and was captured by
American troops at Saalfelden in Austria. This was the chief document
introduced by the prosecution at Nuremberg as evidence in the course of the
session concerned with the invasion of Poland. ~ In addition, a third
eyewitness account of the Obersalzberg meetings is found in the detailed diary
kept by General Halder. [12]

These three versions, the first two of which are in fact preserved in the
transcripts of the Nuremberg Tribunal, are internally consistent one with the
other in regard to the wording of Hitler’s Obersalzberg speech. Of primary
importance in the context of this study is the fact that none of these three
eyewitness versions contains any reference whatsoever to Armenians.

The noted historian of the Second World War, William Shirer, reconstructed
his account of the Obersalzberg meeting strictly on the basis of the Boehm
notes, the Halder diary, and the captured memorandum. [13] In explaining his
failure to incorporate the “Lochner version,” he wrote with characteristic
understatement, “it may have been embellished a little by persons who were not
present at the meeting at the Berghof.” [14]

An examination of the Nuremberg transcripts from the afternoon session of
November 26, 1945, enables us to piece together the actual sequence of events
which led to the Times of London article on November 24, 1945, which, as has
been stated, is the source of all post-1945 references to the alleged Hitler

From these records it becomes apparent that a total of three documents
dealing with the August 22, 1939, speech were discussed in the course of the
November 26, 1945, session of the tribunal. Called, respectively, US-28, US-29,
and US-30, two of the three were subsequently introduced as evidence and
preserved in the records of the trials: US-29 (Document Number 798-PS) and
US-30 (Document Number 1014-PS). The third document, US-28, was not introduced
as evidence by the prosecution. An examination of the Nuremberg transcript
provides the following detail in regard to these three documents. The
prosecutor, Mr. Alderman, introduced the subject thus:

In this presentation of condemning documents, concerning the initiation of
the war in September 1939, I must bring to the attention of the Tribunal a
group of documents concerning an address by Hitler to his chief military
commanders, at Obersalzberg on 22 August 1939, just one week prior to the
launching of the attack on Poland.

We have three of these documents, related and constituting a single group.
The first one I do not intend to offer as evidence. The other two I shall

The reason for that is this: The first of the three documents came into
our possession through the medium of an American newspaperman and purported to
be original minutes of this meeting at Obersalzberg, transmitted to this
American newspaperman by some other person; and we had no proof of the actual
delivery to the intermediary by the person who took the notes. That document,
therefore, merely served to alert our Prosecution to see if we could find
something better. Fortunately, we did get the other two documents, which
indicate that Hitler on that day made two speeches, perhaps one in the morning,
one in the afternoon, as indicated by the original minutes, which we captured.
By comparison of these two documents with the first document, we concluded that
the first document was a slightly garbled merger of the two speeches.

On 22 August 1939, Hitler had called together at Obersalzberg the three
Supreme Commanders of the three branches of the Armed Forces, as well as the
commanding generals bearing the title Commanders-in-Chief (Oberbefehlshaber).

In the files of the 0KW at Flensburg, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht
(Chief of the High Command of the Armed Forces), there were uncovered two
speeches delivered by Hitler at Obersalzberg on 22 August 1939. These are
documents 798-PS and 1014-PS in our series of documents.

In order to keep the serial numbers consecutive, if the Tribunal please,
we have had the first document, which I do not intend to offer, marked for
identification Exhibit USA-28. Accordingly, I offer the second document,
798-PS, in evidence as Exhibit USA-29, and the third document, 1014-PS, as
Exhibit USA-30. [15]

Once again we must note the obvious: Neither of the Obersatzberg speeches
introduced to the tribunal as evidence by Alderman (US-29/798-PS and
US-30/1014- P5) contains any reference to Armenians.

Dr. Ottom Stahmer, the defense counsel for Hermann Goring, took exception
to Mr. Alderman’s presentation, stating, “The third document which was not read
is, according to the photostatic copy in the Defense’s document room, simply
typewritten. There is no indication of place or time of execution.” [16] This
led to the following exchange between the president of the tribunal and Dr.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, we have got nothing to do with the third document,
because it has not been read.

DR. STAHMER: Mr. President, this document has nevertheless been published
in the press and was apparently given to the press by the Prosecution.
Consequently both the Defense and the defendants have a lively interest in
giving a short explanation of the facts concerning these documents.

THE PRESIDENT: The Tribunal is trying this case in accordance with the
evidence and not in accordance with what is in the press, and the third
document is not in evidence before us. [17]

The discussion was then joined by Prosecutor Alderman who made the
following response to Dr. Stahmer’s charge that “the third document” (U5-28)
had been “leaked” to the press, and had already appeared in print:

On the other question referred to by counsel, I feel somewhat guilty. It
is quite true that, by a mechanical slip, the press got the first document
[US-28L which we never at all intended them to have. I feel somewhat
responsible. It happened to be included in the document books which were handed
up to the Court on Friday, because we had only intended to refer to it and give
it an identification mark and not to offer it. I had thought that no documents
would be released to the press until they were actually offered in evidence.
With as large an organization as we have, it is very difficult to1 police all
these matters. [18]

As the reader has doubtless discerned, US-28, the document provided to the
prosecution by ‘an American newspaperman,” which was not introduced as evidence
after the original minutes of the Obersalzberg meeting were found, is the
source of the alleged Hitler statement on Armenians. Aided by the passages
quoted above from the Nuremberg transcript for November 26, 1945, we can now
account for the story which appeared in the Times of London on Saturday,
November 24, 1945. To make his deadline the unidentified Times reporter based
his story on a leaked document on the assumption that it (US-28) would have
been introduced in evidence by the time his story broke on Saturday. As the
transcript clearly attests, the reporter’s expectations in this regard were not
fulfilled. The results were far-reaching: The world has been misled for almost
forty years into thinking that the Nuremberg transcripts provided the Times
reporter with his source for the quote attributed to Hitler, “Who still talks
nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?” Armenian spokesmen have been
free to argue that Adolf Hitler justified his planned annihilation of the Jews
on the world’s failure to react to the alleged Ottoman genocide of the
Armenians during the First World War. The Armenian success in this regard is
clearly reflected in the April 24, 1984, Congressional Record.

In truth, no document containing the purported Hitler statement on the
Armenians was introduced or accepted as evidence in the course of the Nuremberg
trials. In fact, the actual minutes of Hitler’s August 22, 1939, Obersalzberg
speeches (recovered from the files of the Chief of the High Command of the
Armed Forces at Flensburg), as well as the detailed notes compiled during the
speeches by Admiral Hermann Boehm, Chief of the High Seas Fleet, and the record
preserved in General Halder’s diary, are all totally devoid of anything
resembling this alleged quote. In short, contrary to Richard Hovannisian and a
host of other Armenian spokesmen, the Nuremberg transcripts through their
preservation of US-29 (798-PS), US-30 (1014-PS), and the notes of Admiral Boehm
(which are corroborated by the relevant passages from the diary of General
Halder), in no way authenticate the infamous Hitler quote. On the contrary, by
establishing the actual texts of Hitler’s Obersalzberg speeches they
demonstrate that the statement is conspicuously absent from Hitler’s remarks.
The assertion that Hitler made a reference to the Armenians in any context
whatsoever is without foundation.


(1) …(I)n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility;
because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the
deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and
thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims
to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies
in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It
would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they
would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so
infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought
clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to
think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie
always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact
which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire
together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use
falsehood for the basest purposes.

(2) No matter what an amount of talent employed in the organization of
propaganda, it will have no result if due account is not taken of these
fundamental principles. Propaganda must be limited to a few simple themes and
these must be represented again and again. Here, as in innumerable other cases,
perseverance is the first and most important condition of success.

(Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, translated by James Murphy, February, 1939)

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