On the DAVID IRVING WEBSITE Mr Irving writes following:

GERMAN ARMY engineer-colonel Walter Bruns was stationed near Riga in November 1941, when he witnessed a mass shooting of Jews, including a thousand just arrived from Berlin.

In British captivity in April 1945, Bruns, by then a Major-General, was overheard by hidden microphones [the verbatim transcripts are accessible from our Index at right] whispering to fellow prisoners what he had seen.

There is no question whatever about the authenticity of these files, which ("Holocaust denier") David Irving was the first to find and use them in his works on Hitler (1977, 1991), Goering (1987), Goebbels (1996), and the Nuremberg Trial (1997). He has also read them out to scores of audiences around the world and drawn the attention of Holocaust historians like Gerald Fleming to them.
From the general's description of the dimension of the pits, they could have held perhaps one to two thousand victims each. This gives a dimension to this particular atrocity.

What is interesting is Hitler's distant role in this. Bruns talks vaguely of a "Führer order," but does not describe it. In fact when his superiors complained about the atrocity to Hitler's headquarters (see final paragraphs) the order came from there to halt such mass executions immediately.
The documents can be found in the Public Record Office, London, as file number WO.208/4169.


Paul von Stroheim comments:

I have been a Professional Photographer and Filmmaker for more than 40 years and my experience told me that these claims did not ring true, as much as the British did NOT have the modern Microphones we have today, nor Digital Technology to record these conversations….so I put my suspicions to the test and recorded these scenes on DIGITAL SONY VIDEO TAPE using the following Microphone The full video with many more scenes done both inside and outside, is available for the cost of the CD & Postage.

The Microphone used is: AV-JEFE PROFESSIONAL AVL 2500 impedance 250

This microphone is the most popular microphone sold by CONRAD ELECTRONICS GERMANY for Music and Studio productions.

I chose this mike because it is a middle-of-the-road unit. I did not want to use the most highly sensitive microphone available, as this would have distorted the results. I also did not want to use the LEAST most sensitive microphone, as I could have been accused of minimizing' the results.

This Microphone is still many generations more technically advanced than what the British had at their disposal in 1944/45. It is the difference between the modern stealth bomber and the Wellington Bombers of WW2.

Where, in this test I have hidden the microphone and you can still hear vestiges of sound, the older microphones would pick up nothing.

Keep in mind the British intelligence could not just put a pullover or towel over the mike, both mike and cables would have to be in behind the wall or woodwork.

Remember too the German Officers were whispering to one another.. set the sound on your computer as though you are sitting opposite another person in a normal conversation.

If these Tests do not convince you, get a microphone and do your own testing and let me know what you discovered. Thanks

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 5 December 2003

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