Wilhelm Höttl and the Elusive ‘Six Million’

by Mark Weber – Institute for Historical Review 2001

So ingrained has the Six Million figure become in the popular consciousness that while the average American may be quite sure that six million Jews were slaughtered by the Germans in the Second World War — that is, in what is now called “the Holocaust” — he has no idea of how many British, Poles, Russians, or even Americans died during that global conflict, or, for that matter, of how many of his fellow countrymen lost their lives in the American Civil War.

This is hardly surprising, considering how relentlessly the Six Million figure is hammered into the public consciousness, not only in newspapers, magazines, motion pictures, and television, but also routinely in our schools, and even by a special taxpayer-funded U.S. federal government agency, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which runs the imposing U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

The familiar World Book Encyclopedia tells readers, for example: “By the end of 1945, the Nazis had slaughtered more than 6 million Jewish men, women and children — over two-thirds of the Jews in Europe.” / 1 German president Richard von Weizsäcker, in his much-cited commemorative speech of May 8, 1985, spoke of “the six million Jews who were murdered in German concentration camps.” Anglo-Jewish historian Martin Gilbert, a prolific writer who is also the “official” biographer of Winston Churchill, has referred to “the systematic murder of six million Jews.” / 2 The Encyclopaedia Judaica states flatly: “There can be no doubt as to the estimated figure of some six million victims.” / 3 An information sheet issued by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council describes the grand Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, as a “living memorial to the six million Jews and millions of other victims of Nazi fanaticism who perished in the Holocaust.”

Just what is the basis for this familiar figure?

Even before the end of the Second World War in Europe, that is, before any careful or detailed investigation was possible, the Six Million figure was already in wide circulation. For example, in essays published in late 1944 and early 1945, the prominent Soviet-Jewish writer Ilya Ehrenburg repeatedly told his many readers that “the Germans” had killed six million Jews. In an article published in March 1945, for instance, in the English-language London weekly, Soviet War News, he wrote: “The world now knows that Germany has killed six million Jews.” / 4

Some weeks later, as David Irving has related, this figure was affirmed in New York by representatives of major Jewish organizations: “In June 1945, just a few weeks after the end of the war in Europe, three Jewish lawyers who represented major Jewish organizations, met in New York with Robert Jackson, who would soon be serving as the chief U.S. prosecutor at the so-called ‘International Military Tribunal’ in Nuremberg. Jackson asked how many Jews had lost their lives in all Nazi-occupied lands. The number, he was told, was six million.” / 5

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By remarkable coincidence, some 25 years earlier the American Jewish community had been warning of a “holocaust” of six million Jews in Europe. In an address published in 1919 in a leading Jewish American paper, the American Hebrew of New York City, under the headline “The Crucifixion of Jews Must Stop!,” the former governor of New York state, Martin Glynn, spoke repeatedly of “six million” European Jews who were “dying” and “being whirled toward the grave” in a “threatened holocaust of human life.” / 6

Given all this, it is hardly surprising that someone was found to provide “proof” for the Six Million figure at the most extravagant judicial undertaking in history, the 1945-46 trial in Nuremberg of Hermann Göring, Rudolf Hess, and other high-ranking Third Reich personalities. The legendary figure was fixed in history at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, where it was cited by chief British prosecutor Sir Hartley Shawcross in his closing address, and by the Allied judges in their final judgment. / 7

This figure was not the result of any careful investigation, research, or calculation. The only specific evidence presented for it to the Nuremberg Tribunal was the hearsay testimony of former SS officer Wilhelm Höttl (sometimes spelled Hoettl), who said that he recalled it from a remark by Adolf Eichmann, the wartime head of the Jewish affairs section of Himmler’s Reich Security Main Office (RSHA). Höttl, who also served with the RSHA during the war, stated in an affidavit dated November 26, 1945, and provided to the U.S. prosecution at Nuremberg, that Eichmann confided to him in August 1944 that some four million Jews had been killed in the “various extermination camps,” and another two million had been killed in other ways, mostly in shootings by Einsatzgruppen forces in the course of the military campaign in Russia. / 8

Eichmann himself, it should be noted, later called the Höttl story “nonsense,” vigorously denied ever having made the alleged remark, and speculated that Höttl may have picked up the figure from a radio or newspaper report. / 9

If it were not for Wilhelm Höttl’s role in branding into the world’s consciousness the trademark Six Million figure, his place in history would likely be little more than a footnote.

Who was this man, and how reliable is his historic affidavit? He was born in Vienna in March 1915. In 1938, at the remarkably young age of twenty-three, he received a doctorate in history from the University of Vienna. While still a student there, he joined the National Socialist party and the SS. From 1939 until the end of the war in Europe, Höttl was employed almost without interruption by Germany’s central intelligence agency, the RSHA. He was first stationed in Vienna with the “foreign bureau” (Amt Ausland, later Amt VI), and then, from early 1943, in Berlin in the “Southeastern Europe” branch E of Amt VI, with the SS rank of major (Sturmbannführer).

In March 1944 Höttl was assigned to Budapest, where he served as second in command to Himmler’s SS representative in Hungary, and as political advisor to Hitler’s ambassador there, Edmund Veesenmayer, who reported to Berlin, for example, on the large-scale deportations in 1944 of Jews from Hungary. On May 8, 1945, as German forces were unconditionally surrendering to the Allies, American troops arrested Höttl in Austria, and for several years after that he worked as an intelligence agent for the United States. He died in 1999, not long after the publication of his self-serving memoirs.

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. / 10

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.

The recently released U.S. intelligence documents on Höttl, and the U.S. government report about his postwar career, confirm what some revisionist scholars have contended for years. In his book The Hoax of the Twentieth Century, first published in 1976, Dr. Arthur Butz cited sources that were publicly available even in the 1950s to show that, during the war, Höttl had gotten into trouble more than once with SS authorities. His involvement in a shady Polish land deal led in 1942 to an SS investigation of his activities. An internal SS report characterized him as “dishonest, scheming, fawning,… a real hoaxer,” and concluded that he was not fit even for SS membership, let alone a sensitive intelligence service position. / 11 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.

Regardless of the unreliability of Höttl’s infamous affidavit, the more important question remains: How valid is the six million figure?

The most common technique used by Holocaust historians to calculate figures of between five and six million Jewish extermination victims is to compare prewar and postwar estimated Jewish population figures for various European countries and areas, and then assume that the differences between the figures were all killed. This was the method used, for example, by Jacob Lestchinsky to produce a figure of 5,957,000 Jewish Holocaust deaths, in his important 1946 World Jewish Congress report. / 12 It is also the technique used by the late Lucy Dawidowicz, another prominent Jewish Holocaust historian, who estimated a total of 5.9 million Jewish victims. /13

However, this method fails to take into account substantial numbers of Jews who emigrated or fled to Allied or neutral countries during the war years. It also ignores the fact that many Jews, particularly in Eastern Europe, did not return to their original homelands at the end of the war, but instead emigrated to Palestine, the United States, and other countries beyond Europe.

It further assumes that all Jewish deaths (or “losses”) were due to German or Axis policy. Thus, all Jews in areas under German or Axis control who died during the war years are routinely and misleadingly counted as “victims of the Holocaust,” regardless of the cause of death. This includes Jews who died of natural causes, perished in Allied bombings of cities and concentration camps, who died as Allied soldiers, particularly in the Soviet military, or who — like hundreds of thousands of German civilians — succumbed to exhaustion, disease, and exposure in the particularly catastrophic final months of the war. Raul Hilberg, probably the most prominent Holocaust historian, acknowledges that a distinction should be made between “Jewish losses” and “Holocaust victims.” He notes, for example, that the average age of Jews in Germany at the outbreak of the war was abnormally high anyway. /14

It is unlikely that there were ever six million Jews under German control during the war. The wartime representative of the World Jewish Congress in Switzerland, Gerhard Riegner, confidentially reported to London and Washington in August 1942 that the total number of Jews in the countries occupied or controlled by Germany was three and a half to four million. / 15 This figure presumably referred to Jews in the “Greater” German Reich (including Poland), as well as in France, Holland, Belgium, Slovakia, and the occupied Soviet territories. If one adds the approximately 1.2 million Jews estimated to be living in Hungary and Romania, the total number of Jews that came under direct or indirect German control during the war years could not have been more than 5.2 million.

The unreliable character of the legendary Six Million calculation is also shown in the manipulation of Holocaust statistics in the cases of specific countries. In this regard, it is much more fruitful to examine Jewish losses in western European countries, where much more reliable statistics and other data are available, than to attempt to estimate Jewish losses in such eastern territories as Poland, where reliable data is not available. (In the case of Poland, even the country’s borders changed drastically during and just after the war.) An important feature of these manipulations is that even though figures of alleged Jewish wartime losses in individual countries may be inflated and deflated over the years, there is an obvious effort to juggle figures so that the overall total is kept as high as possible.

The Case of Denmark

Consider, for example, the case of Denmark. In 1946 the “Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry” announced in its widely quoted report that, out of a total of 5.7 million European Jews who perished during the war years, 1,500 were Danish Jews. / 16 Raul Hilberg, in his highly regarded, three-volume 1985 study, gave a similar figure of 1,000 Danish Jews “lost” during the war years. / 17

In fact, fewer than 500 Jews were ever even deported from Denmark. (Most Danish Jews fled to Sweden in 1943.) All of these deportees from Denmark were sent to the ghetto-camp of Theresienstadt (or Terezin) where precisely 51 Danish Jews (mostly elderly) died, all of natural causes. / 18 Thus, even if these 51 are counted as “Holocaust victims,” Jewish “losses” for Denmark were exaggerated approximately 30 times by the supposedly authoritative “Anglo-American Committee,” and 19 times the true figure by Hilberg.

The Korherr Report

At the beginning of 1943 SS chief Heinrich Himmler ordered his “Inspector for Statistics,” Richard Korherr, to prepare a report on the “Final Solution of the European Jewish Question.” Relying for the most part on information and figures supplied by the Reich Security Main Office, Korherr wrote a sixteen-page statistical survey that he submitted to Himmler on March 23, 1943. A few weeks later he produced a shorter supplemental version with the same title. / 19

Even though, as Hilberg has pointed out, much about these reports, including their origin and purpose, “remains obscure,” they are nevertheless the most authoritative wartime statistical records available on the fate of Europe’s Jews. / 20 These top level, secret German documents contain no mention of an extermination program or mass killings of Jews, a fact that seems hardly possible if such a program had existed. Furthermore, as Jewish historian Gerald Reitlinger noted, they suggest that nothing like six million Jews could have been killed, even assuming the most sinister interpretations of the data. / 21 Korherr, a staunch Catholic, declared after the war that he had not been aware that his reports had any sinister or murderous significance. / 22

Jewish Restitution Claims

Another important indication that the Six Million figure is not accurate is the large number of Jewish “Holocaust survivors” who have received restitution payments (Wiedergutmachung) from the German government in Bonn and, more recently, in Berlin. Individuals who were “persecuted for political, racial, religious or ideological reasons” by the wartime German regime have been eligible for money from the Bonn and Berlin government under the terms of the Federal Compensation Law (BEG) of 1953 and 1956. This includes Jews who were interned in camps or ghettos, were obliged to wear the star badge, or who lived in hiding. / 23

As of January 1984, there were 4.39 million successful individual BEG restitution claims. The great majority of these were from Jews. Raul Hilberg has said that “about two thirds” of the allowed claims have been from Jews. / 24 This is a realistic but possibly conservative estimate. Approximately 40 percent of those receiving payments were living in Israel, 20 percent in West Germany, and 40 percent in the United States and other countries. / 25

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper reported in 1985 that an estimated 50 percent of Jewish “survivors throughout the world are on West German pensions.” / 26 But this estimate is very probably too high. For example, Jews in Poland, the Soviet Union, Hungary, Romania, and Czechoslovakia were not eligible for restitution, at least not at that
time. / 27 In the United States, only about 66 percent of the Jewish “Holocaust survivors” in the Atlanta (Georgia) area in 1985 had received German restitution money. / 28

If one conservatively estimates that two thirds of the 4.39 million individual claims for German restitution have come from Jews, that would mean some 2.9 million Jewish claims. And if half of the Jewish “Holocaust survivors” around the world have not received any restitution (which is probably a low figure), and granted that the number of claimants may be somewhat larger than the number of claims, it would appear that some six million European Jews “survived” the Second World War. (Of course, some European Jews who lived through the war years died before the German BEG restitution law was enacted in 1953.) And given that there were no more than some eight million European Jews under German wartime control, / 29 the number of Jews who died in Europe during the Second World War must be fewer than three million. As we shall see, the actual figure of Jewish wartime dead is substantially lower.

Finally, estimates of “Holocaust survivors” provided in recent years by authoritative Jewish sources cannot be reconciled with the generally accepted “Holocaust” story or the Six Million figure.

Before going further, it is a remarkable fact that, in recent years, the number of “Holocaust survivors” has actually been increasing. This is because — as Norman Finkelstein stresses in his important book, The Holocaust Industry — Israel, the World Jewish Congress, and other major Jewish organizations, all of which demand and collect billions in the name of “Holocaust survivors,” have an interest in inflating figures both of wartime victims and of postwar survivors.

A report issued in July 1997 — that is, fifty-three years after the end of the war — by a committee organized by the Israeli prime minister’s office estimated the number of “Holocaust survivors” (admittedly defined rather broadly) at between 834,000 and 960,000. A similarly authoritative report issued in June 2000, that is, fifty-five years after the end of the war in Europe, estimated the number of Jewish “Holocaust” survivors at between 832,000 and 935,000. / 30 These figures, Robert Faurisson has written, suggest that there were slightly more than three million Jewish “survivors” in Europe at the end of the 1939-1945 war. / 31

Norman Finkelstein, a professor of political science at Hunter College in New York, and author of The Holocaust Industry, has commented that, on the basis of these Israeli or Jewish figures, there would have been eight million Jewish “Holocaust survivors” in Europe at the end of the war in May 1945. Remarking on this, Finkelstein has said: “There were fewer than eight million Jews in all of Nazi-occupied Europe. In other words, if these numbers are correct, the Holocaust didn’t happen. As my mother used to say, if everyone who claims to be a Holocaust survivor actually is one, who did Hitler kill?” / 32

How many Jews did die during the Second World War? A year after the end of the war, an apparently impartial Swiss analysis entitled “How high is the number of Jewish victims?” concluded that no more than 1.5 million European Jews could have perished (of all causes) under German rule during the war. It appeared in June 1946 in the respected daily Baseler Nachrichten of neutral Switzerland. / 33 The widely-cited figures of between five and six million Jewish dead, the analysis noted, were not based on official sources, but merely private and semi-official estimates that greatly exaggerated the number of Jews that ever came under German control.

Stephen F. Pinter, a U.S. War Department attorney who was stationed in Germany after the war, published a statement in 1959 in which he condemned what he called “the old propaganda myth that millions of Jews were killed by the National Socialists.” He went on to write: “From what I was able to determine during six postwar years in Germany and Austria, there were a number of Jews killed, but the figure of a million was certainly never reached. I interviewed thousands of Jews, former inmates of concentration camps in Germany and Austria, and consider myself as well qualified as any man on this subject.” / 34

Some revisionist historians have reached similar conclusions. Arthur Butz and Robert Faurisson have written that as many as one million European Jews may have died of all causes during the war years (not counting those serving in military forces). / 35 Walter Sanning, a European-American scholar and university lecturer, concluded in his detailed 1983 study that total Jewish losses during the Second World War were “in the neighborhood” of 1.25 million, many of whom died as Red Army soldiers or in Soviet camps and forced evacuations. / 36

A common rejoinder to expressions of skepticism about the Six Million is rhetorically to ask: “What difference does it make how many were killed? It would be terrible if just one million, or even one thousand, Jews were murdered.” To many people, efforts to establish the true numbers seem like insensitive and perhaps irrelevant quibbling. But the skeptics are not the ones who incessantly and insistently go on about Six Million murdered Jews. It is not the revisionists who have made a totem of this legendary figure, or who invoke it as quasi-sacrosanct ritual symbol. In any case, striving for historical exactitude, even about the iconic Six Million, is precisely what historians are supposed to do.



  1. “Holocaust,” World Book Encyclopedia (1984 edition), vol. 9, pp. 263-264.
  2. M. Gilbert, The Holocaust (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1986), p. 811.
  3. “Holocaust,” Encyclopaedia Judaica (New York and Jerusalem: 1971), Vol. 8, pp. 885-886.
  4. The Ehrenburg essays, published in Soviet War News (London), Dec. 22, 1944, Jan. 4, 1945, and March 15, 1945, are reprinted in facsimile in the fifth edition of Joachim Hoffmann’s detailed study, Stalins Vernichtungskrieg 1941- 1945 (Munich: Herbig, 1999), pp. 390-393. (see also p. 183); Also in: J. Hoffmann, Stalin’s War of Extermination 1941-1945 (Capshaw, Alabama: TADP, 2001), pp. 189-190, 402-405.
  5. D. Irving, Nuremberg: The Last Battle (London: Focal Point, 1996), pp. 61-62.
  6. The American Hebrew (New York), Oct. 31, 1919, p. 582. Facsimile in The Journal of Historical Review, Nov.-Dec. 1995 (Vol. 15, No. 6), p. 31. Also cited in D. Irving, Nuremberg: The Last Battle (London: 1996), p. 62.
  7. Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International Military Tribunal (IMT “blue series” in 42 vols./ Nuremberg: 1947-1949), vol. 1, pp. 252-253; IMT, vol. 19, p. 434; and IMT, vol. 22, p. 496.
  8. Höttl affidavit of Nov. 26, 1945: 2738-PS (USA-296) in Trial of the Major War Criminals (IMT), vol. 31, pp. 85-87, and Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression (NC&A “red series” in 11 vols./ Washington, DC: 1946-1948), vol. 5, pp. 380-382; 2615-PS in NC&A, vol. 5, pp. 338-339. On the ad hoc and self-serving origins of the Höttl affidavit, see Otto Skorzeny’s letter of Dec. 14, 1956, in: Gerd Honsik, Freispruch für Hitler? (Gibraltar and Barcelona: 1994), pp. 196-197.
  9. R. Aschenauer, ed., Ich, Adolf Eichmann (Leoni [Bavaria]: Druffel, 1980), pp. 460-461, 474; Jochen von Lang, ed., Eichmann Interrogated (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983), pp. 117-118; Dieter Wisleceny, another former SS officer, made a statement similar to Höttl’s at Nuremberg on Jan. 3, 1946, but spoke of “only” four or five million Jews killed. IMT “blue series” (Nuremberg), vol. 4, p. 371. Eichmann later called Wisliceny’s comments “theater,” and said that he never had any figures of “exterminated” Jews. See: J. v. Lang, ed., Eichmann Interrogated (1983), pp. 164-165, 94-95, 110-117.
  10. Analysis of the Name File of Wilhelm Hoettl. Miriam Kleiman and Robert Skwirot, Interagency Working Group (IWG) researchers. Records of the Central Intelligence Agency / Directorate of Operations. National Archives. Record Group 263. (At one time this report was posted on the US National Archives website.)
  11. A. Butz, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century (IHR, 1997), p. 81.
  12. Jacob Lestchinsky (Leszczynski), “Balance Sheet of Extermination,” 1946 and revised in 1955. Cited in Nora Levin, The Holocaust (New York: Crowell, 1968), p. 718; Leon Poliakov, Harvest of Hate (New York: Holocaust Library, 1979), p. 335 (Revue d’histoire…, Oct. 1956); Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (New York: Holmes & Meier, 1985), p. 1202.
  13. Lucy Dawidowicz, A Holocaust Reader (New York: Behrman, 1976), p. 381; L. Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews, 1933- 1945 (New York: Bantam [pb. ed.], 1976), p. 544.
  14. R. Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (New York: 1985), p. 1206.
  15. Walter Laqueur, The Terrible Secret (Boston: Little Brown, 1980; New York: Henry Holt, 1998), p. 77.
  16. Nora Levin, The Holocaust (1968), p. 715; Gerald Reitlinger, The Final Solution (Jason Aronson, 1987), p. 501. [(London: Sphere Books [pb., 2nd ed.], 1971), p. 546.]; Wolfgang Scheffler, Judenverfolgung im Dritten Reich (Berlin: Colloquium, 1960), p. 114.
  17. R. Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (1985), p. 1048.
  18. Leni Yahil, The Rescue of Danish Jewry (Philadelphia: JPS, 1969) p. 318; L. Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews (Bantam [pb. ed.], 1976), p. 505.
  19. Documents NO-5193 through NO-5198. Complete texts in German and English in: Serge Klarsfeld, ed., The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania (New York: B. Klarsfeld Foundation, 1978), pp. 165-211 (appendices). Also published in: John Mendelsohn, ed., The Holocaust: Selected Documents in Eighteen Volumes (New York: Garland, 1982), vol. 12, pp. 210 ff. (The two reports are sometimes together referred to as “the Korherr report.”) See also: R. Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (1985), pp. 1204-1206; G. Fleming, Hitler and the Final Solution, p. 136, 138; J. v. Lang, ed., Eichmann Interrogated (New York: 1983), pp. 112-115.
  20. R. Hilberg, “The Statistic,” in: Francois Furet, ed., Unanswered Questions: Nazi Germany and the Genocide of the Jews (New York: Schocken, 1989), p. 158.
  21. G. Reitlinger, The Final Solution (Jason Aronson, 1987), pp. 490- 491 [(London: Sphere Books [pb., 2nd ed.], 1971), pp. 534-535.]
  22. Gerald Reitlinger, The SS: Alibi of a Nation, 1922-1945 (New York: Viking/Compass [pb.], 1968), pp. 221-223; R. Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (1985), pp. 1205- 1206; In a letter to Der Spiegel (Nr. 31, July 25, 1977, p. 12), Korherr specifically stated that the term “special treatment” in a report’s first draft did not refer to killing.
  23. Focus on “Restitution in Germany,” No. 1, May 1985, p. 3. (Information bulletin of the German Information Center, New York City, an agency of the German Federal government); See also: R. Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (1985), pp. 1165, 1166; M. Weber, “West Germany’s Holocaust Payoff,” The Journal of Historical Review, Summer 1988 (Vol. 8, No. 2), pp. 243-250.
  24. Hilberg testimony in Zundel case, Toronto District court, Jan. 18, 1985. Transcript page 1229.
  25. Focus on “Restitution in Germany” (German Information Center), May 1985, p. 3. (cited above)
  26. Jim Galloway, “For victims of Holocaust, an unending toll,” The Atlanta Journal/ The Atlanta Constitution, Sunday, March 31, 1985, p. 15A.
  27. R. Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews (1985), p. 1170; D. Margolick, “Soviet Emigre Lawyer…,” The New York Times, March 10, 1983, p. B2.
  28. J. Galloway, “For victims of Holocaust, an unending toll,” The Atlanta Journal / The Atlanta Constitution, March 31, 1985, pp. 15A, 17A.
  29. Jacob Lestchinsky, statistician for the American Jewish Congress, estimated that in 1939 there were 8.25 million Jews in the lands that came under German or Axis control. “Balance Sheet of Extermination,” in N. Levin, The Holocaust (1968), p. 718. Lucy Dawidowicz estimated that the “pre-Final Solution population” of the lands that came under Axis control was 8.86 million. L. Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews (1975 pb. ed.), p. 544.
  30. Number of Living Holocaust Survivors, July 27, 1997, report of the “Spanic Committee,” organized by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (with estimates slightly revised in May 1998), and the “Ukeles” report, June 28, 2000, commissioned by the “Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany,” a semi-official Jewish agency. Both cited in: “Special Master’s Proposed Plan of Allocation and Distribution of Settlement Proceeds” (Sept. 2000, also referred to as the “Gribetz Plan”), Volume I, Annex C, “Demographics,” pp. C-2, C-8, C-9.
  31. R. Faurisson, “Impact and Future of Holocaust Revisionism,” The Journal of Historical Review, Jan.-Feb. 2000 (Vol. 19, No. 1), pp. 9, 28 (n. 24).
  32. Interview with Norman Finkelstein, by Viktor Frölke, in Salon.com, “Shoah Business,” August 30, 2000. See also: N. Finkelstein, “How the Holocaust Industry Stole the Swiss Monies,” June 2001, Postscript to Foreign Translations.
  33. “Wie hoch ist die Zahl der jüdischen Opfer?,” Baseler Nachrichten (Abend-Blatt), June 13, 1946, p. 2. (This newspaper, founded in 1845, is no longer published.)
  34. Pinter letter in the national Catholic weekly, Our Sunday Visitor, June 14, 1959, p. 15.
  35. A. Butz, The Hoax of the Twentieth Century (IHR, 1997), p. 239; R. Faurisson interview with Storia Illustrata (Italy), August 1979. Authorized translations in: S. Thion (with R. Faurisson), Vérité historique ou vérité politique? (Paris: 1980), p. 197, and, The Journal of Historical Review, Winter 1981, p. 348.
  36. W. Sanning (pseudonym), The Dissolution of Eastern European Jewry (IHR, 1983), pp. 198, 196.

From The Journal of Historical Review, Sept.-Dec. 2001 (Vol. 20, No. 5-6), pages 25-32. This essay is adapted from Mark Weber’s address at David Irving’s “Real History” conference in Cincinnati, August 31, 2001. Text and notes updated and slightly edited, Oct. 2015.


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13 responses to “Wilhelm Höttl and the Elusive ‘Six Million’”

  1. Put up a memorial next to the holohoax memorial for the members of the USS LIberty.

  2. “Jackson” is usually a Jewish surname (obviously wacko jacko the pop star being an exception)
    Sir Peter Jackson the Hollywood producer is an example of the above.
    All things considered it is very likely that the Jackson of the Nuremburg trials was a tribe member.
    Adolph Eichmann was almost certainly a crypto jew.

    Recall that a close relative of Himmler married an Israeli post war….so you can add the bespectacled Himmler to the list.
    Then there was a Nazi called ROSENBERG on the Eastern Front….wtf!.
    It is as well to remember that someone who is not a jew (purportedly) is always more convincing….they’ve got no axe to grind…so to speak.
    So if Trump and Johnson take their respective countries to war against Iran……think of the public reaction IF the public knew they are both Jews……the public might begin to suspect there is something fishy going on…..

  3. “As everyone with an IQ above room temperature knows, six million is the number of Jews supposedly killed by the nazis in ‘gas chambers’ during WW2. As it happens, this is false, and not merely false, but a deliberate lie. The falsity of the claim has been so thoroughly proved by historical and forensic investigation …”
    History & Scriptural Origin of the Six Million Number By John “Birdman” Bryant

    Sealed and guarded since the end of WWII at Arolsen, Germany, the Official IRC records reveal the actual Concentration Camp total death toll was 271,301

    The 6 million line by line ….. ( pre WWII ) https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v=9U1AMD6DA2XK

  4. Repetita Iuvant = Repeating Does Good.

    Jewish presence between the 1930s and 1950s.

    1. The information sources below are ALL Jewish or “official”.
    1) Statistics on the “Religious Affiliation” of the American Senate book “A Report of the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate”:
    – 1940, number of Jews in the world: 15,319,359
    – 1950, number of Jews in the world: 15,713,638
    2) The World Yearbook (“World Almanac”) … .1938 number of Jews in the world: 15,688,259
    3) New York Times, owner of the newspaper is the Jewish Sulzberger Arthur:
    1948 number of Jews in the world: between 15,600,000 and 18,700,000

    2. Jews in the world before World War II:
    1) The National Council of Churches, USA 1930 ……… .15.0 Mil
    2) Jewish Encyclopedia, USA 1933 …………………………… 15.6 Mil
    3) World Almanach (Jewish Committee 1939) ………… 15.6 Mil

    3. Jews in the world after World War II for:
    – World Almanach (American Jewish Committee, USA)
    1) 1945 ………………………………………………………………… .15.19 Mil
    2) 1946 ………………………………………………………………… .15.75 Mil
    3) 1947 ………………………………………………………………… ..15.69 Mil
    4) 1948 ………………………………………………………………… ..15.50 Mil
    5) 1949 ………………………………………………………………… .15.50 Mil
    – New York Times, div. Meldungen, 1948 …… .between 15.7 and 18.6 Mil
    – National Council of Churches, USA, 1951 ……… ..15.31 Mil

    PS already posted on this article “Anne Frank’s Step-sister Says Soviet Photos of Auschwitz Liberation are Fake” published on January 30, 2020.


    A. If the numbers never lie and given the fact that these numbers just reported are all from Jewish and official sources and they point out, to say the least, a huge disconnection, so, why doesn’t media mainstream ever report these numbers?

    B. If the official version of the Holocaust was 100% true, would be there a need to pass laws that provide for a criminal sentence of up to six years for the crime of negationism (in Italy approved in June 2016, similar and even harsher laws have been approved before in other European countries too) which are nothing more than dictatorial attempts to impose a single, unique and incontrovertible historical truth by law?

    C. Why did Israeli Jews do (and continue to do) ethnic cleansing of Palestinians who had never done anything to them? How is it possible, millions of them had not been victims of the Holocaust?

    D. If the so called “revisionists” are only telling tons of lies, why don’t historians of media mainstream and universities ever challenge them for a public debate ?

    For example, in Italy, there is Carlo Mattogno ( whose books have been banned by Amazon ), a worldwide expert on revisionist studies about the Holocaust, Italian historians of Italian media mainstream and universities have never challenged him for a public debate in spite of the fact that he has always been available for an event like that, in 2009, he even challenged the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” ( which was and is still the second most sold newspaper in Italy, a kind of “The Guardian” but with a bit more propaganda and brainwashing ) to refute his arguments, obviously he has been crossed out for ever by the radical chic journalists of “La Repubblica”, the tipping point is that they consider themselves very democratic, in practice, they blow their own trumpet to say the least…….

    Congratulations for this great article and best regards.

    Fabrice, greetings from article.

  5. The major evils in the world caused by the West is mainly to do with a God complex not coming from ordinary Jews, Anglos, Germans, Russians or Arabs, nor even by anyone true to their religious faith worshiping the true God. The major evils in the world are all to do with the imperious Rothschild financial cartel and top echelons in multinational corporations, the MIC, government agencies, and groups like the Masons, the CFR, the Round Table, and the Trilateral Commission. They behave in a totally omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent manner: by controlling and manipulating financial investments and trading; by subjugating us to oppressive and sociopathic government agencies; and, by brainwashing us with endless propaganda, fake news, fake science and fake history – all to serve their exclusive interests, while maintaining through their fake politicians the lies that what they do is for our better interests.

    They have even gone so far as to replace worship and reverence for the true God in our Western nations and, in fact, to take over the administrations (financial and otherwise), of all of the leading denominations, including the Vatican which has become just a shill of their globalist intentions. None of them represent God fearing Jews, Christians, or Muslims.

    Note the God complex of the the Rothschild oligarchs who say their family created Israel, and the rich Zionist few who say they “own” the Untied States. This same cabal takes credit for the winning of WWII, because of the communist cause they supported, and from that they presume that all nation states, except Israel, should disappear or come under their dominance and control. They overlook their monkey status of riding on our shoulders in the creation of Israel and supporting it, and in the muscle of our Western democratic nations actually winning WWII. They overlook their contribution to the spawning and spreading of communism which gave rise to it, and the fact that if not for the power and the will of the democratic nations and people of the West, there would have been no Soviet victory, as much as the millions of ordinary people of the West who bled died wanted both communism and fascism to go to hell. Now they are escalating more hostilities in the ME for more turf and plunder, having our nations murder, maim, and displace millions, while destroying the homes, families, infrastructures, and nations of the victim peoples.

    Know this everyone. Our duplicity, our acquiesces, our indifference, our lack of resistance, will entail our own commendation and exploitation in return, for we will be blamed for the crimes of sociopaths running things in these evil days. When we allow them to continue as they are, we are not serving God. Rather, we are bowing down to a completely false god and establishment which has done everything over the past 100 years to eradicate the true God from our lives. When we do not try to oppose them and we acquiesce to their directions and commands, we in fact are serving Satan.

  6. Some jews see the Battle for world domination as won and therefore admit the holocaust hoax. but others still insist that 6 million jews went through the gas chambers and were melted down as fat to lubricate the Berlin tram system etc
    But dont forget only those jews working against Germanys survival were imprisoned in the work camps, the jews who were loyal to Germany were treated well.and many served in the armed foces.
    At the wars end the jews who were with Germany were all murdered by jewish gangs.
    Jews were told in the synsgogues to get work in food factories and poison the foodstuffs,
    as Moshe Solomons said, it would never affect jews as we eat Kosher

  7. Well said by Fred B !!!

  8. Thanks to all those People , that tell the truth . Sooner or later ,the world will have to to apologize to the People of Germany .

  9. I think people who believe the 6 million number (as I once did) don’t realise just how big a number 6 million is. If you count a number every second…1…2…3 etc, then continue night and day without stop, then to reach just 1 million will take you 11.5 days. To reach 6 million will take you 69 days or a day less than 10 weeks. So 6 million is a rather big number.

    When you consider the acts of rounding up, transportation, murder, then the disposal of the remains, the time needed to process 6 million people (roughly ¾ the population of London) couldn’t possibly be done in the four or so years since 1941 when the policy was said to have been agreed upon at the Wannsee Conference. If they’d said 600,000 I could see that as possible though still difficult, so they’ve overplayed their victimhood by 10x at least.

  10. It’s the fact they say the remains were burned in gas ovens that’s the problem. While in the early days they claim the remains were buried or burned in pits, most were said to have later been cremated, claiming the Nazis feared mass graves would be discovered. Which is unlikely, because the Nazis were convinced they’d win the war so who’d be looking?

    To say the remains were cremated doesn’t really solve the problem of disposal when that claim brings its own problems. Cremating nearly 6 million bodies in 4 years, in a wartime economy whose industry could better use the manpower and resources? Most unlikely.

  11. Fred B states:

    “The major evils in the world caused by the West is mainly to do with a God complex not coming from ordinary Jews…..”

    There are two things you can guarantee with the Truthseeker. The first, of course, is truth telling and making people think. The second is Fred B coming on and telling everyone it’s not the Jews.
    No Fred, it’s not the Jews. It’s the fake Jews eh Fred…or wait is it just the elite Jews, those at the top?

    So it’s got nothing to do with the fact that their main teaching just happens to be about religious, in group supremacy over all non Jews, a hatred towards all and of course blatant racism?
    Again, Fred will always be hear to reassure us that all those times, Jews were booted out of lands, it was only a TINY minority within them, who were the bad apples. The rest of the tree was perfectly ok.

    Kind of odd, don’t you think? I mean, were I to associate with bad people, or bad people were giving my people a name and there were far more of us than them, we’d do something about it, wouldn’t we?
    But nope, the Jews just carry on with the usual BS that it’s only handful of bad Jews that are screwing it up for the tribe.

    Ever read the Talmud Fred?
    Ever watched any videos of Israeli Orthodox and just normal Jews speaking of their contempt and hatred for Christ, Christians and non Jews? Ever watched of them speak that they are soul less beasts, created in the image of the Jew, so as to not offend them while they are their slaves?

    You see Fred, they’re not elite Jews, they’re every day Jews, just getting on with their lives, but still, most certainly holding to the racist, supremacist teachings within the Talmud.

    Every Jew, deep down knows that he or she is not an Israelite.
    Every Jew, deep down knows that they are supremacist racists, who project their supremacism and racism onto innocent peoples.
    Every Jew, deep down knows they are the synagogue of Satan and that this world is theirs and theirs alone.

    Fred, it just gets tiresome. You are the only one on here who continues to promote the lie that it’s just a very small handful of Jews who are bad and giving the ‘good Jews a bad name’.
    Fred, are you a Jew? I’m beginning to wonder because since I’ve seen your postings, you have a raging hard on for them, in almost every post you make, when it comes to Jews.

    There is only one solution to the Jew problem – either we remove them from our lands and lock them away on an island, for the rest of time OR they destroy us.
    Are you really prepared to gamble on the lives of, say, ten million Jews, with 6 billion non Jews?

    You see, here’s the rub Fred. If I’m right, then we save the population and there will be 15 million Jews, on an island, locked away, with no one harmed.
    If you’re wrong Fred, then hasta la vista 6+ billion people.

    This is the madness of Christianity. You are prepared to gamble the lives of 7.7+billion people (that’s now, but it will most certainly grow over 8) with 0.18% of the world’s population, because the book you follow tells you that the Jews are God’s chosen (what does that make you?) people. This is insanity Fred B. That’s an incredibly big gamble, more so, when the odds are stacked against you, in that any bonafide truth seeker knows that there isn’t such a thing as a good Jew, only a Jew, lying and pulling the wool over the eyes of gullible people like you.

    I’ll tell you again, as I have told you MANY times in the past; if there WERE any good Jews, THEY WOULDN’T IDENTIFY AS A JEW, BECAUSE OF WHAT JUDAISM IS AND WHAT IT REPRESENTS.
    There is NO Jewish race, nor Jewish bloodline. There is merely a cult, that has written the stupidity that the son of a Jewess is a Jew, which in comparison to the life of a non Jew would make the son of a carpenter a carpenter the minute they were born.

    Fred, we can smell the BS when it comes to the Jews. I strongly suggest you pull the nose plugs out. You’re being deceived by them. You are not heeding the words of your lord. The Jews are deceivers, all of them and not to be trusted. Ever.

  12. Perhaps a better way to measure 6 million is by measuring stick. If one person equals one inch then for a million people your measuring stick will be 15.78 miles long, and for 6 million people it will be 94.69 miles long. If your measure is just 1mm per person then 1 million people is a kilometer (0.62 miles), and 6 million people is 6 kilometers (3.72 miles).

    The figure of 6 million Jews gassed by the Nazis is just too big. Zionists should have more carefully considered the figure. The Nazis were bad but they weren’t black magicians.

  13. Jewish Victims have been overplayed at least 20 times ! the Nazis just had abaut 1000 Days to get it done , so that means 6000000 divided by 1000 = 6000 a Day . Fantastic , greater Bullshit is hardly possible . The real Victims of scond World war are beeing insulted in a disgusting manner .