A new book published this week claims Holocaust organiser Heinrich Himmler saved 300,000 Jews from his death camp gulag months before World War II ended.
Canadian author Max Wallace claims he uncovered ‘compelling documentation’ showing SS Reichsfuehrer Himmler halting the genocide in contravention of Hitler’s orders.
In his book ‘In The Name of Humanity: The Secret Deal to End the Holocaust’, Wallace details how in November 1944 Himmler forbade the further mass killing of Jews at death camps and the Auschwitz crematoria and gas chambers to be destroyed.
Conventional historians say this was a belated attempt to hide Nazi crimes from the advancing Red Army.
“It appears that these negotiations, these events, may have saved as many as 300,000 Jews.”
“I discovered very compelling documentation that links Himmler’s decree to these secret negotiations,” Wallace told a Canadian TV station this week where his book was on the shelves this week.
His book will be published worldwide, including in the UK, next year.
He named Orthodox Jewish woman Recha Sternbuch, who saved thousands of Jews during the genocide, as a key figure in the plot.
Wallace said Sternbuch and her husband Isaac, who led a Swiss Jewish rescue committee, collaborated with Jean-Marie Musy, former president of Switzerland, to negotiate with Himmler.
“At the time Himmler was “desperate to forge a separate alliance with the Allies,” Wallace said.
“He thinks that Nazi Germany can band together with the western allies against their common enemy – Stalin – to stamp out Bolshevism. The Bolsheviks were the only people he hated as much as the Jews.”
During those secret talks with Musy, Himmler was ‘manipulated into thinking that he would be able to forge a pact with the Allies as long as he halted further destruction of Jewish people.
‘He worked mostly behind Hitler’s back when he issued the orders, even though thousands more Jews died in concentration camps from diseases and starvation before the war came to an end’.
Wallace, who is also a filmmaker and historian, said his findings are based on documents discovered in the archives of an Orthodox Jewish group in New York and recently declassified files from the U.S. War Refugee Board.
Wallace added: “Himmler certainly didn’t have a change of heart about the Jews.”
But he claimed his desire for a separate Allied peace led him to deceive his Fuehrer – a move which resulted in Hitler breaking with him shortly before his suicide in Berlin in April 1945.
Himmler duped himself into believing that the Allies would want to use his SS and Gestapo organisations to keep order in postwar Germany.
But once he realised he was second on the list of most wanted war criminals after Hitler, he fled.
Himmler escaped the Allies by dressing up as a Luftwaffe conscript, shaving off his moustache and wandering with a small group of diehard Nazis in northern Germany using the alias Heinrich Hitzinger.
But he was caught by a British patrol on May 21, taken to an interrogation centre on May 23 and killed himself with a cyanide phial hidden in a false tooth before he could be quizzed.
His body was buried in an unmarked grave.