In the course of its war for word domination and a projected racial
utopia, Hitler's government committed monstrous crimes. As defeat
neared, the Third Reich's officials tried to destroy all the
physical and documentary evidence about their murder of millions.
They did not fully succeed, but huge gaps in the historical record
have made it hard for us to reconstruct how they planned the
Great Britain already had some of the evidence, however, for all
along its intelligence services had been intercepting, decoding,
analyzing, and circulating many German police radio messages and
some from the SS. Yet this critical evidence was seated away --
marked "Most Secret", "To Be Kept under Lock and Key", and Never to
Be Removed from This Office" -- and it has only now reappeared.
Integrating this new evidence with the known sources, Richard
Breitman examines how Germany's leaders brought about the Holocaust
-- and when. He assesses the British and American suppression of
information about Nazi killings, and the tensions between the two
powers over how to respond. His absorbing work concludes with an
examination of the consequences (including the failure to punish
many known war criminals) of keeping this information secret for so
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