Today I will address Hitler’s Obersalzberg speech and the Goebbels diaries.
Hitler’s Obersalzberg Speech: Here you can see that The Genocide Education Project uses an alleged quote from Hitler’s Obersalzberg speech. “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” is often cited as proof of Hitler’s genocidal intents. If you look at the bottom you will see the site got the quote from document L-3. Keep this in mind.
The following are from the Nuremberg Trial transcripts in which the dubious nature of document L-3 is discussed. Mr. Thomas Dodd, a proscuiter for the Americans in the Nuremberg trials, relates how document L-3 was not found among captured documents, but rather was brought in by a newspaperman and was offered only for identification, whatever that means. (A Kindle version of the complete Nuremberg transcripts are available on here on Amazon for $0.99 in case you want to fact check me.)
Dodd goes on to explain how the other two documents were obtained. Several pages later it is made clear that document L-3 was withdrawn.
The following is from a Wikipedia article on the Obersalzberg speech. Here they confirm that document L-3, which was rejected as evidence at the Nuremberg trials, was the only document to have the Armenian quote.
So there you have it. This oft cited Hitler quote is actually from a document with such a dubious origin that they wouldn’t even use it in the Nuremberg show trials.
The Goebbels Diaries: I’m going to assume the meme is referring to these quotes from the following Wikipedia article, Evidence and documentation for the Holocaust. If it’s not the meme needs to be more specific.
Both of these entries are vague and leave room for interpretation. To find the truth it is important to not let preconceived notions dictate your interpretation. It is also important to have context. What we don’t have are any documents ordering or planning a genocide. What we do have are plans, that not even orthodox Holocaust historians dispute, of a territorial solution. One such plan was the Madagascar Plan. A plan to deport Jews out of Europe, not murder them. There’s no reason to automatically interpret these passages as referring to the imminent extermination of the Jews.
Consider this quote from Patton. Are we going to assume that he was talking about the genocide of the Germans because he said ‘we must destroy our enemies’? Of course not. People say they must destroy their enemies all the time, it’s hardly indicative of a plan for genocide.
As for the prophecy that Hitler made I already discussed this in part one when going over the reichstag speeches. Hitler was talking about Jewish people losing their political role in Europe. He was not talking about a genocide.