Last week marked 80 years since the Wannsee Conference took place. The minutes of that infamous historical meeting of 15 prominent Nazi leaders, including Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, show that the meeting was about implementing the “Final Solution” and not about finding a solution.
By “final solution” the Nazis at Wannsee meant to say the murder of European Jews.
The decision to kill as many Jews as possible was made earlier after attempts by Hitler’s Nazi regime to more or less force European Jews to emigrate had largely failed.
These efforts were regulated by law, and that legislation contained all kinds of discriminatory measures against Jews.
The Nuremberg Laws of 1935, for example, stipulated that only “Aryans” could retain German citizenship.
This meant that anyone who did not meet the Nazi definition of an Aryan could be deprived of German citizenship.
As a result, German Jews became persona non grata.
Kristallnacht and Babi Yar
The discrimination and hate campaign against German Jews eventually led to the so-called Kristallnacht event in November 1938.
During that organized pogrom, Jewish...
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