The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the article “the Real lessons of the 75th anniversary of the Second world war” for the conservative American magazine The National Interest used the non-existent quote of the leader of Nazi Germany of Adolf Hitler. This Russian historian Igor Petrov on 19 June he wrote in Facebook.
The portion of the article signed by Putin, looks like this: “Hitler said: “Our policy in relation to the peoples inhabiting the broad expanse of Russia, should be to encourage any form of discord and division”. The Russian President did not specify the source, however, this phrase is found in some Soviet publications, drew the attention of Petrov.
The links lead to the book Mr.nice Picker “table talk Hitler”, whose first edition was published in 1951. But these words of the Fuhrer are not given, said the historian.
Most closely the content of the phrase from the book is: “therefore, ruling over conquered us in the Eastern lands of the Reich Nations, should be guided by one primary principle, namely: to provide open space for those who wish to enjoy individual freedoms to avoid all forms of state control and thereby ensure that these peoples were at a low level of cultural development”.
Petrov also points out that the book’s authenticity Picker questionable: in the opinion of government it historian Mikael Nilsson, it contains “not authentic words of Hitler, and edited with hindsight, the memories of them, which is not always possible to rely on.”