Did Hitler ever say :
"I would have killed all the Jews of the world, but I kept some to show the world why I killed them"?
This one and similar in meaning can be seen on many websites.
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There is no evidence that Adolf Hitler ever spoke the quoted text. Furthermore, there is evidence that "I kept some (alive)" would have been against Hitler's beliefs and plans.
The earliest I could find as a source for this quote online was in the talk page for Wikipedia's article on Adolf Hitler.
i heard about a quote sayiing : "i would have killed all the jews of the world, but i kept some to show the world why i killed them", any one know the source of this ? [sic]
I thought he said that openly in the w:Reichstag_(institution). Andries 17:31, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
This source, and others online claim that the quote has come from one of Hitler's speeches to the Reichstag (German Legislative Branch), with some attributing it to 1939.
No where in any of these speeches does the quote appear. Furthermore, the way that Hitler talks about the Jews in his speeches is in direct contrast to this quote.
They have already spoken of the breaking up of the German Reich by next September, and with the help of this advance prophesy, and we say that the war will not end as the Jews imagine it will, namely, with the uprooting of the Aryans, but the result of this war will be the complete annihilation of the Jews.
-- Adolf Hitler Speech at the Berlin Sportspalast, January 30, 1942