… [M]ay I warn modern historians against this source? These “bunker conversations” alleged to be by Martin Bormann are as spurious as the Hitler Diaries*.
Several years ago their Swiss owner [the late François Genoud] gave me a complete copy and they turned out to be largely in his handwriting, amplifying, he told me, the rather thin typescript which existed only in French!
Bormann’s own diary published by the Soviet author Lev Bezymenski establishes that he was not even present on some of the evenings concerned.
Hardly a serious source for historians.
The forger of the Hitler-Bormann Documents, François Genoud, was also the promulgator of Hitler’s Table Talk (Hitlers Tischgespräche), which seems to be genuine, although I understand that there are some distortions in the French and English translations, particularly where Hitler expresses views on Christianity.**
** If anybody would be so generous as to supply me with a German edition of Hitlers Tischgespräche, it would be most helpful!