Hitler's Table Talk
Hitler's Table Talk (German: Tischgespräche im Führerhauptquartier) is the title given to a stated series of monologues by Adolf Hitler from 1941 to 1944. His remarks are said to have been recorded by Heinrich Heim, Dr. Henry Picker, and Martin Bormann, and were published in London in 1953 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
The statements are said to have been recorded at Hitler's various headquarters, in the company of his inner circle, and dwell on a considerable number of subjects and issues including war and foreign affairs, religion, culture, philosophy, and his personal aspirations and feelings.
1988 Oxford University Press translation
The UK's Oxford University Press published a paperback edition in 1988 in which they state that "the text used for this edition of Hitler's Table-Talk is the text of the original Bormann-Vermerke preserved by Martin Bormann and now in the possession of a Swiss Citizen, M.Francois Genod. Dr.Henry Picker, the official who deputised for Heim as court-reporter from March to July 1942, has also published a selection from Hitler's Table-Talk under the title Hitler's Tischgesprache Dr. Picker's text, which is arranged not chronologically but according to subject-matter, is based on copies of his own notes and certain other notes which he had acquired, on succeeding him, from Heim. Dr. Picker's text comprises altogether slightly over one-half of the matter contained in the Bormann-Vermerke which the OUP has translated in full, i.e., 400 pages of German as compared with 722 pages of English. It includes a few conversations not preserved by Bormann. The reason for his exclusion of these documents from his final record is not apparent." This OUP publication also carries a facsimile of Martin Bormann's Directive and covering note for the Minutes in which he says: "Please keep these notes most carefully, as they will be of very great value in the future. I have now got Heim to make comprehensive notes as a basis for these Minutes. Any transcript which is not apposite will be re-checked by me."
Also, Martin Bormann has been accused of being a Soviet agent, as discussed in the article on Bormann.