After a long wait, the Einsatzgruppen book is finally in my hands
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Published: 2018-12-24

I RECEIVED THE OTHER DAY the long-awaited book The Einsatzgruppen in the Occupied Eastern Territories by Carlo Mattogno and am eager to get into it. After first looking at the Table of Contents, I went straight to a couple of pages at the back headed “Conclusion” and was satisfied, as of the moment anyway, with the way it was presented. I will condense it for you even more here:

The mission of the Einsatzgruppen as the German Army moved into and occupied Soviet Russian territory included first and foremost the collection of important Soviet documents. Administratively, they restored the social and economic structure after the devastation of the retreating Soviets, and also were charged with identifying and controlling hostile elements in the population, ie. the partisans. Most Jews fell into that category.

The Einsatzgruppen never received an order to exterminate Jews, but Jewry was seen by National Socialists as the primary breeding ground of Bolshevism, the destruction of which was one reason for the invasion (along with the necessity to pre-empt a planned Soviet assault on Berlin -cy).

Over 40% of the killings listed in the Einsatzgruppen reports are not verifiable. The figures were inflated or even invented because as 'destroyers of Bolshevism' they were seen as heroes in Berlin.

The hypothesis of “gas vans” is an unfounded fable.

It has never been proven that the Reich planned and carried out the institutional elimination of corpses by exhumation and cremation. Such charges are a mass of absurd and contradictory testimonies.

Only a tiny fraction of the mass graves and bodies claimed by Soviet propaganda are documented and can be considered real. The photographs to document such events are insignificant compared to what is asserted.

The few individual cremation operations carried out by the Germans, as local initiatives, left obvious traces.

There is an immense disproportion between the execution figures proclaimed in the Einsatzgruppen reports and the corpses actually found.

The reports handed down can be compared to a river made up of many small rivulets in which every link could have an interest in exaggerating its figures to show efficiency. Former heads of these units spoke openly at the Einsatzgruppen Trials of such exaggerations, and it cannot be excluded that they had already received exaggerated or invented figures from subordinates.


The job of compiling, organizing and analyzing the vast amount of information contained in this book is impressive, to say the least, for which Carlo Mattogno and Germar Rudolf deserve our gratitude and admiration. It's a well-constructed thick volume (716 pages before the appendices) but easy to handle, with a better looking cover than some of the previous Holocaust Handbooks. I like the light, almost white, background with the black title outlined in white very much. The touches of green in the cover images create a pleasing aesthetic. Yes, I really like the look and feel of this book

There are 74 pages of helpful photos and maps in the appendice at the back, plus an extensive bibliography and an index. I'm going to want to read every word so it will take some time but I'm sure I will have more to say when I do.

Buy your copy here.

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Author(s): Carolyn Yeager
Title: After a long wait, the Einsatzgruppen book is finally in my hands, First Published at
Published: 2018-12-24
First posted on CODOH: Dec. 24, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
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