(Israel National News) Recently, David Fisher — a seasoned Israeli documentary filmmaker — broke ranks and openly questioned the sacred, kabbalistic 6 Million™ Holocaust death count, causing quite a stir among Jewish court “historians,” who predictably circled the wagons and doubled down on this non-negotiable final count.
In order to give this official death count some sort of aura of credibility, these Jewish historians will often cite “Nazi” sources to corroborate their own witnesses, such as Jewish-Soviet propaganda minister, Ilya Ehrenburg, who first issued this 6 Million accusation three years before the war even ended — long before the camps were opened for inspection and “evidence” gathered.
One of these key “Nazi” witnesses is Dr. Wilhelm Höttl (often misspelled “Hoettel”) — whose problematic testimony was taken at face value in this recent article attempting to refute David Fisher’s doubt about the final count:
Significantly, the Nazis themselves estimated that at least six million were murdered. On November 26, 1945, at the first Nuremberg trial, the Nazi physician Dr. Wilhelm Hoettel testified: “In various concentration camps approximately four million Jews had been killed, while about two million were killed in other ways, the majority of these having been killed by the action squads [Einsatzgruppen] of the security police. Himmler had not been satisfied with the report, since in his opinion the number of Jews killed must have been greater than six million.
Himmler said he would send Adolph Eichmann a man from the Office of Statistics to make sure he had the correct number. Hoettel said he assumed Eichmann provided him with the correct number of Jews who were murdered, “since he ‘delivered’ the Jews to the death camps with his special commandos and, therefore, knew this number precisely, and second as department head in Section IV of the RSHA (The Reich Security Main Office), which was responsible for Jewish matters, he certainly knew best the number of Jews who had died in this matter.
So, in other words, Höttl’s testimony is nothing more than a hearsay. What this Holocaust apologist fails to mention, however, is that Eichmann rejected Höttl’s claims as “nonsense.”
Documents declassified by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in 2001 reveal Höttl to be an opportunist who was willing to tell whoever was paying him whatever they wanted to hear — an article in the Journal of Historical Review summarized these declassified documents as follows:
In April 2001 the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency made public thousands of pages of long-suppressed documents from its files of major German wartime figures, including the bulging Höttl file. Along with the release of these documents, two U.S. government employees wrote and issued a detailed report about Höttl based on those recently declassified CIA files, which sheds revealing light on his wartime and postwar career. This report, entitled “Analysis of the Name File of Wilhelm Hoettl,” was written by two “historical researchers” of the U.S. government’s “Interagency Working Group” (IWG), Miriam Kleiman and Robert Skwirot.
[CFT comment: Not surprisingly, this incriminating report by Kleiman and Skwirot has been scrubbed from the National Archives website: http://www.nara.gov/iwg/declass/hoettl.html]
These documents establish that Höttl was a completely unreliable informant who routinely fabricated information to please those who were willing to pay him. In their report, the two U.S. government researchers write: “Hoettl’s name file is approximately 600 pages, one of the largest of those released to the public so far. The size of the file owes to Hoettl’s postwar career as a peddler of intelligence, good and bad, to anyone who would pay him. Reports link Hoettl to twelve different intelligence services, including the U.S., Yugoslav, Austrian, Israeli, Romanian, Vatican, Swiss, French, West German, Russian, Hungarian and British.”
Soon after his arrest by the Americans in May 1945, Höttl began working for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, and then for the U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC). As the two U.S. government researchers put it: “Upon his arrest, Hoettl played to the interests of his captors …” It was during this period, while he was secretly working for American intelligence, that Höttl provided his historic and damning “six million” affidavit for submission by the American prosecution at the Allied-run tribunal at Nuremberg.
Höttl benefited from his readiness to tell those who paid him what they wanted to hear, but this eventually proved his undoing. All the same, it took several years for U.S. intelligence to firmly conclude that it was being had.
In June 1949 one U.S. intelligence official cautioned against using Höttl for any reason, calling him “a man of such low character and poor political record that his use for intelligence activities, regardless of how profitable they may be, is a short-sighted policy by the U.S.” In August 1950, CIA messages referred to Höttl as a “notorious fabricator [of] intelligence.” A U.S. Army CIC report in early 1952 deemed his information useless, noting that Höttl “is involved in extensive intelligence activities for almost anyone who is willing to purchase his findings.” In April 1952 his reports were called “worthless and possibly inflated or fabricated.”
Interestingly, numerous U.S. intelligence reports identify connections between Höttl and Simon Wiesenthal, the well-known “Nazi hunter.” One U.S. Army CIC document described Wiesenthal as the “Chief Austrian Agent of the Israeli Intelligence Bureau.” A U.S. Army CIC report in January 1950 noted that for the last three or four months Wiesenthal had “recruited the services of Wilhelm Höttl,” and had hired him to gather information for reports by the “Nazi hunter.”
In July 1952, when U.S. Army intelligence finally broke completely with Höttl, a letter on U.S. Army stationery warned: “Dr. Höttl has long been known to this headquarters and other allied military organizations in Austria as a fabricator of intelligence information. His reports normally consist of a fine cobweb of fact, heavily padded with lies, deceit, conjecture and other false types of information. This organization will have absolutely nothing to do with Dr. Höttl or any members of his present entourage. He is persona non grata to the American, French and British elements in Austria.
In their report on his postwar career, U.S. government historical researchers Kleiman and Skwirot conclude: “The voluminous materials in Wilhelm Höttl’s personality file … trace the activities of a notorious intelligence peddler and fabricator, who successfully convinced one intelligence service after another of his value, and then proceeded to lose such support.
Indeed, and as already noted, Höttl “successfully convinced” the American and British prosecutors, and the judges, of the inter-Allied tribunal in Nuremberg, and many others around the world ever since, that German authorities killed six million Jews during the Second World War. And even though U.S. intelligence services and U.S. government researchers have, finally, as it were, discredited him, Höttl’s most historically important claim remains widely, and even officially accepted.
Not only did the American C.I.A. know about Höttl’s immoral character, so did the German SS — who investigated Höttl after he was involved in a shady land deal in Poland in 1942. Internal SS documents declassified in the 1950s and discovered by historian Arthur Butz described him as “dishonest, scheming, fawning…a real hoaxer.” The Journal of Historical Review article concludes,
…Höttl was not fit even for SS membership, let alone a sensitive intelligence service position. Höttl was, accordingly, demoted. But his luck improved after his friend and fellow Austrian, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, was appointed in 1943 to head the RSHA. It seems that Kaltenbrunner protected him from a second disciplinary action, this one for misappropriation of security service funds.