Arthur Karl Greiser (1897 – 1946) was a National Socialist German politician, SS officer, and Governor of the Wartheland, an area which included part of West Prussia and part of the province of Posen. During the Partitions of Poland, in 1793 the bulk of the area had been annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia. The whole area was removed from Prussia by the plutocratic Allies' Treaty of Versailles and awarded to Poland when they re-established it in 1919 following The Great War. At the outbreak of German-Polish war twenty years later, Poland was defeated and the area reverted to Germany.
Greiser is alleged to have written, or otherwise have been associated with, certain documents which are sometimes cited as evidence for the politically correct view on the Holocaust and other alleged atrocities.
One example, involving a correspondence with Himmler and others, is the alleged proposed killing of incurably sick Poles with tuberculosis. Revisionists argue that this involves a misinterpretation of "Sonderbehandlung" ("special treatment") and that in the postwar period a chief medical officer stated that "A central office for the fight against tuberculosis was established under the management of a specialist. This office gave the same treatment to German and to Polish cases. During my period in office as chief medical officer in Poznan, until January 1945, no tuberculosis patients were ‘liquidated’ in the Wartheland as far as I know. I never received an order for such a measure, much less brought one about either directly or indirectly. On the contrary, the office always tried to give all tuberculosis patients proper treatment."
A related "Sonderbehandlung" claim is that Greiser on 1 May 1942 supposedly asked Himmler for permission to kill 100,000 Jews. Revisionists argued that this refers to deportation and that if the politically correct view on the Holocaust is correct, then there would have been no need to ask for permission, since supposedly there was a general extermination order to kill Jews. Moreover, it seems unlikely that in 1942 there were 100,000 Jews under Greiser's judisdiction.
See also the "External links" section regarding Holocaust revisionist criticisms of various claims involving Greiser.
Greiser was tried, convicted, and executed in communist-controlled Poland in 1946.
- Christopher Browning: The State of the Evidence For the 'Final Solution' - includes brief discussions of some statements associated with Greiser
In downloadable books
- Chelmno—A German Camp in History and Propaganda - Greiser is discussed at several different places in the downloadable book. They can be found with the search tool in a PDF reader.
- The “Extermination Camps” of “Aktion Reinhardt" - Greiser is discussed at many different places in the downloadable book. They can be found with the search tool in a PDF reader. One example is Chapter 5, notes 65-66, on the alleged proposed killing of incurably sick Poles with tuberculosis.
- The “Extermination Camps” of “Aktion Reinhardt”—An Analysis and Refutation of Factitious “Evidence,” Deceptions and Flawed Argumentation of the “Holocaust Controversies”, Chapter 5, Notes 65-66 http://holocausthandbooks.com/index.php?main_page=1&page_id=28