on February 17, 2013
This little known account of Eduard Schulte's courageous efforts to inform the Allies of Hitler's "Final Solution" is both en-heartening and disheartening. Here we have a wealthy and powerful man doing what he believes is the right thing in spite of putting himself and his family at extraordinary peril and then seeing the Allies essentially ignoring what he has told them. I suspect that he died with a clear conscience which is more than the Germans and many of the Allies did.
Schulte also gave the Allies vital information about Hitler's military plans on the Russian Front even though his two sons were fighting there in the German Army. In fact one died there while the other did survive numerous injuries and lived out his long life in San Diego.
The very first paragraph of Arthur D. Morse's monumental account of the Holocaust, "While Six Million Died" states " On August 1, 1941, History thrust a terrible burden upon Gerhart Riegner, the representative in Switzerland of the World Jewish Congress. On that day Riegner, who had himself fled from Nazi Germany, learned from a leading German industrialist that many months before, Hitler had ordered the extermination of all Jews in Europe" We now know what Morse did not know in 1967, that it was Eduard Schulte who revealed Hitler's plans to Riegner. In fact it was not until 1983 that the world learned about Schulte's heroism.
on January 7, 2008
This book was first written soon after discovery in the 1980's of the Riegner telegram reveled the role of German industrialist Eduard Schulte in brought the world the news of the plans by the Nazis to exterminate European Jewry, at great risk to himself.
He fled to Switzerland to escape Nazi vengeance and through Jewish Swiss community leader passed on the plans for genocide by Hitler, and the fact that the first killings in Auschwitz were already taking place.
This information was ignored by the Allies, who thence bear some responsibility for the mass murder of European Jewry.
Once news of the Nazi genocide had been passed on to the Allies, efforts were made by the leader and Rabbi Stephen Wise to the Allies to procure 1) a joint declaration by the United States and the United Kingdom censuring barbarism and promoting retribution; 2) Opening Palestine to the Jews; 3) Removing all barriers to the immigration of Jewish children; and 4) Exchanging Jews in occupied Europe for interned Axis nationals.
all of these pleas were ignored and rejected.
An interesting point is made in the book concerning Hitler's annexation of Austria and Sudetenland and invasion of Czechoslovakia, that Hitler regarded small states as an anachronism. Just like Leftists today, in the media, politics and universities etc, who see small nation-states as an anachronism, and ignore the rights of regional minorities.
So the next time you hear aleftist say the nation-state is an anachronism, i.e in trying to abolish Israel, remind them that this contempt for the small nation-state was Hitler's view.
This is the story of the life of Eduard Schulte, of the designs of the Nazis and of those courageous Germans who resisted Nazism.