I was reading AJP Taylor's The Origins of the Second World War revised edition of 1963
On page 301 and 304 he discusses a document that in the revised edition he says has been exposed as not genuine.
I quote from page 301
From Page 304Note to p 269: This speech of Hitler's, discussed at greater length on p.304, conflictswith other statements at this time and I had doubts about it from the first. It is now known to be a forgery, probably concocted by some member of the German general staff in order to frighten the British. Hitler gave no speech on 23 May and most of those alleged to have been prsent were not even in Berlin
I believe this document was entered in as L-79 and googling I find Mr Thompson has this to say about itOn 23 May,however, he spoke with less reserve to a gathering of generals: "There will be war. Our task is to isolate Poland....It must not come to a simultaneous showdown with the West." This sounds clear enough
Hence on 23 May he talked not only of war against Poland, which he may have seriously intended; but even of agreat war against the Western Powers, which was undoubtedly not part of his plan. Hitler's calculation worked: no sooner was the conference of 23 May ended than the generals, from Göring downwards, were imploring the Western Powers to bring Poland to reason while there was still time
and he also provided a link to the textNorman Rich, in his book Hitler's War Aims: Ideology, the Nazi State, and the Course of Expansion, W.W. Norton & Co., London/New York: 1973, p. 292, has this footnote on the document:
9. A document introduced in evidence at Nuremberg purporting to be a record of a Hitler conference of May 23, 1939 (IMT, 79-L, 37:546-56) makes it appear as though Hitler had definitely decided on war by this time—against Poland, if he could be sure Britain and France would remain neutral; otherwise in the first instance against the West. The authenticity of this document is suspect, however, in particular its date, which was written on a covering note listing the names of the participants at the conference, some of whom, as was proved later, were not present. The document is typewritten and unsigned; it is not entered in the government document record, as was customary; and Hitler's statements recorded therein are at variance with other expressions of his opinions at this time found in documents of proven authenticity. See Hans-Günther Seraphim, "Nachkriegsprozesse und zeitgeschichtliche Forschung," in Mensch und Staat in Recht und Geschichte. Festschrift fur Herbert Kraus (Kitzingen am Main, 1954), pp. 448-50. Admiral Raeder, General Milch, Captain von Below (Hitler's adjutant), who admitted being present at this May 23 conference, all testified after the war that the existing record of the conference was spurious. Their testimony does not mean much in itself, but it helps substantiate suspicions raised by the nature of the document. IMT 14:38-39, 134; NOKW 3518.
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This is the first I have ever heard of it, does anyone know anything more about the providence of this document or if it is now believe such a conference did or did not take place?