- I do not believe, goes the answer, that there was a general order. Rather, I presume that each individual SS-leader wanted to outdo the others with numbers of those destroyed. None of them wanted to put his career on the line. But the initiative did not come from them. A higher authority has commissioned them, probably to destroy dangerous or useless Jews. They have executed this commission with the brutality to which they were already used to at home. [.....]
I take to this to mean that there was not an order to kill all Jews immediately. It mentioned "useless Jews", I guesss this means all of the Jews who could not work. Dangerous Jews would be Jews that could work
but would not , hence rebellious i.e. dangerous. Now of course any SS leader could also say that any Jew capable of work is also dangerous , this would give them free reign to kill all Jews ( ones that could work and ones that could not). But why just kill Jews who could work when they can be used to further the nazi war-effort or to make money. The plan for such Jews was to slowly work them to death, getting a profit out of them as they slowly worked and starved to death. They is why there is no one all encompassing order because "big" plans like that are not that simple . However if as is stated this order was passed down from a higher autrority like Himmler , this in and of itself would make it a general order because Himmler was the second in command of the Reich and First in command of the SS.- (Kill all the Jews that can't or won't work , and work the others to death). "A higher authority has commisioned them" to me thats implies there was a general order to "deal"with the Jews, but not one to just kill all on sight so to speak. The paragragh cited seems to convey this to me while contradicting itself.
Now as far as these guys "worried " about their carreers. I find this amusing since I would imagine they would be much more worried about their lives if they dis-obeyed or did not perform up to the expectations of
their commander- Himmler. That paragragh contradicts itself in this respect becuase it talks of these guys carreers yet at the end it talks of the brutality at home so why were they more worried about their carreers than their lives.
I find it disturbing that this "Herr X" would states things in this way as it reflects a mis-understanding of the SS system. Not exactly what I would expect from someone running a slave-labor factory directly tied to the SS system of forced Jewish labor.
Sorry about the bogus bs remark, but it still seems false to think that this statment disavows the " tenant of the Holocaust?" that there was a general order in the nature of killing all Jews as fast as possible , as the whole idea of the "Final Solution" was bigger and more sinister than that .
Although-(Kill all the Jews that can't or won't work , and work the others to death), sums it up pretty good.
I will get back with you about:Christopher Perrien states his belief that the total of Jewish dead reached around 5.75 million by war's end. The difference between 4.6 million and 5.7 million is 1.1 million,
i will have to go dig some, Since this is more a numeric question
than an opinion question about what someone said to two others wrote down by two others and then translated on this forum: Actually I have seen this Herr X meeting mention in some of my books, with the attendant authenticity arguements I will try to find that too because the debate that is occuring here seems very similar.[/quote]