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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Mike Carlton boldly defends himself:
Quite a few people, some much aggrieved, wrote to question my assertion last week that King Christian X of Denmark had congratulated Hitler on the Wehrmacht’s invasion of his kingdom in 1940.
I stand by it. The Pulitzer prizewinner John Toland mentions it in his biography, Adolf Hitler, and William L. Shirer, in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, puts it in context. General Kurt Himer, commander of the attack on Denmark, recorded in his diary that the king had said: “General, may I, as an old soldier, tell you something? As soldier to soldier? You Germans have done the incredible again! One must admit that it is magnificent work.” A tribute to the Fuehrer’s vaunted military genius, I think.
Of course; it’s so obvious. King Christian—“May I, as an old soldier, tell you something? As soldier to soldier?”—was clearly not speaking to his fellow soldier, but to another man 200 miles away. May I, as an old journalist, tell you something, Mike? Journalist to journalist? You have done the incredible again! One must admit that it is magnificent work.
I’m actually congratulating Hitler. Meanwhile, on the issue of a certain 104-year-old non-deportee, Michael is strangely silent.