Hitler’s table talks

by David Irving


Hitler’s Table Talk is the product of his lunch- and supper-time conversations in his private circle from 1941 to 1944. The transcripts are genuine. (Ignore the 1945 “transcripts” published by Trevor-Roper in the 1950s as Hitler’s Last Testament—they are fake.)

The table talk notes were originally taken by Heinrich Heim, the adjutant of Martin Bormann, who attended these meals at an adjacent table and took notes. (Later Henry Picker took over the job). Afterwards Heim immediately typed up these records, which Bormann signed as accurate.

François Genoud purchased the files of transcripts from Bormann’s widow just after the war, along with the handwritten letters which she and the Reichsleiter had exchanged. For forty thousand poundspaid half to Genoud and half to Hitler’s sister PaulaGeorge Weidenfeld, an Austrian Jewish publisher who had emigrated to London, bought the rights and issued an English translation in about 1949.

Uncle-AdolfFor forty years or more no German original was published, as Genoud told me that he feared losing the copyright control that he exercised on them. I have seen the original pages, and they are signed by Bormann. They were expertly, and literately, translated by Norman Cameron and R.H. Stevens, though with a few (a very few) odd interpolations of short sentences which don’t exist in the originalthe translator evidently felt justified in such insertions, to make the context plain.

The Table Talk’s content is more important in my view than Mein Kampf, and possibly even more than his Zweites Buch (1928). It is unadulterated Hitler. He expatiates on virtually every subject under the sun, while his generals and private staff sit patiently and listen, or pretend to listen, to the monologues.

Along with Sir Nevile Henderson’s gripping 1940 book Failure of a Mission, this was one of the first books that I read, as a twelve year old: Table Talk makes for excellent bedtime reading, as each “meal” occupies only two or three pages of print. My original copy, purloined from my twin brother Nicholas, was seized along with the rest of my research library in May 2002.

I have since managed to find a replacement, and I am glad to say thatnotwithstanding the perverse judgment of Mr. Justice Gray—Hitler’s Table Talk has recently come back into print, unchanged.

Published in: on October 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm  Comments (3)  


  1. I am looking forward to reading this book. Have you also read Mr. Irving’s Magnum Opus ‘Hitler’s War’? It is plagiarized by all the court historians. The only defect of the book is the insertion of the fake Himmler Posen speech, which he admitted at the 1988 Zündel trial would have been irresponsible not to do (Irving has never been a genuine Holocaust revisionist).

  2. I am constantly amazed at the genius of Adolf Hitler. He was truly a man out of time. One of the reasons he failed was because he lacked the viciousness and killer instinct of his enemies. Had he been like Stalin, Churchill or Roosevelt it is more likely that he would have prevailed. He was too civilised for such a conflict. He should have destroyed the British before they escaped from Dunkirk and use Sarin gas against any Soviet strongpoints encountered in Russia. When fighting against the jew one should be bound by no rules as the jew binds himself by none.

  3. One quote from the TT that struck me was this:

    The triumph of gangsterdom in 1918 can be explained. During four years of war, great gaps were formed amongst the best of us. And whilst we were at the front, criminality flourished at home. Death sentences were very rare, and in short all that needed to be done was to open the gates of the prisons when it was necessary to find leaders for the revolutionary masses.

    I’ve ordered Himmler, in the event of there some day being reason to fear troubles back at home, to liquidate everything he finds in the concentration camps. Thus at a stroke the revolution would be deprived of its leaders.

    Strong words, and yet I’ve never seen a Jew cite it. I think it makes Hitler’s case a little too cleanly, eh?

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