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[Comman-] dant Coogan... The series of PS has been verified and when it is read to the Tribunal, it can be accepted." To this declaration, the President of the Tribunal replied: "(...) I should like to say, on behalf of the Tribunal, that we apologize to the French public ministry, for we have just now discovered that the marginal note is found on the copy. M. Dubost, please accept my apologies"
Is that sufficiently clear? The incident is closed for everyone... except for Rassinier, naturally: He fearlessly maintains his positions for, says he, the Gerstein document "was not retained as a charge against the defendants" (40, p. 80). This is true in what regards the defendants of the trial of Goering and associates; but that is rather a problem which may interest jurists and not historians, for it has nothing to do with the authenticity of the document. If the "argument" is nevertheless advanced by Rassinier, it is evidently in the hope of spreading confusion and perhaps even so leaving a certain doubt in the mind of the scatter brained or unthinking reader. The process is typical of Rassinier.

5. Stockholm confirms

There is, in addition, another obvious means of knowing if the account of Gerstein is veracious. That is to address oneself to the Swedish Government.

Gerstein indeed said that in the course of his journey from Warsaw to Berlin in 1942, he related what he had seen two days earlier at Belzec to the Swedish diplomat Otter and that, later, the latter told him that he had informed his government of it. There is perhaps nothing more important, especially for the person who has doubts on the authenticity of the Gerstein report written in 1945 in semi-captivity, than to know if the Swedish Government had in fact received the report of the diplomat in 1942. That goes without saying for the person who doubts sincerely. And this verification was made. Naturally, it was not done by Rassinier, but by the "falsifier," by the "forger," by the "head of the gang" of the Center of Jewish Contemporary Documentation in Paris, Poliakov.

Here is the correspondance [sic] that M. Leon Poliakov exchanged with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, a correspondance [sic] which is briefly summarized on page 220 of his classic work, "The Breviary of Hatred," which appeared in 1951 and was published in its entirety in the article of "Le Monde Juif" of 1964 (36, p. 13 14).
"Stockholm, November 10, 1949. Annex I.
Dear Sir,
In reference to your letter of October 19, 1949, relative to the former member of the Waffen SS, Gerstein, I have the honour to inform you that the documents which are in the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden confirm the declaration that Gerstein made. It is therefore true that Gerstein, in the course of a journey from Warsaw to Berlin, according to information received one of the last days of August 1942, was in contact with an official of the Swedish legation of that time in Berlin. Baron von Otter, who was travelling [sic] in the same train. What occurred on this occasion appears from the enclosed memorandum, which was written in London on August 7, 1945, and which the Swedish legation in
     
   

 
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