Polish politician says Hitler unaware of extermination of Jews in Shoah

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Polish politician Janusz Korwin-Mikke said the murder of millions of people was not Adolf Hitler’s goal, and that he probably did not know about the Holocaust.

“Killing millions of people was not the purpose of Hitler. Show me even one sentence that will prove the fact that he knew about the extermination of the Jews. If he had to have a trial today he would have been acquitted,” Korwin-Mikke said in an interview published this week in Do Rzeczy magazine. “Hitler should be hanged, but not for this.”

Korwin-Mikke said that the leader of a nation only knows what his subordinates tell him. “It is very likely that the Holocaust was organized by Himmler without the knowledge of Hitler,” he said.

Korwin-Mikke was a member of Polish Parliament in 1991-1993. Since then he has unsuccessfully attempted reelection several times. He is currently the leader of the Congress of the New Right Party.