The dictation of all of the members remains vague throughout the meeting, leaving much of the decisions up to interpretation. This is caused by the use of words such as “cleanse” and “evacuation” instead of directly stating the goals of killing anyone that has been identified as a Jew. One of the main deceptions used is “solving the Jewish question” and it has implications of being an easy question to solve. The goal was to have total “‘physical eradication” and “cleanse the entire continent.” This deception is then followed to the methods used to kill. The ‘T-4 program’ was established as a plan to sterilize any individual with a mental disability. This leads to the conversation of which method of sterilization should be used and is most effective. As the meeting proceeds, the joke is made; “who would want them?” and is responded to with a chorus of laughter. This meeting was accompanied by many lawyers or well-educated men leading to the statement that “it [a law degree] has made me distrustful of language,” giving reason to the limited specifics mentioned. Throughout the meeting the German leaders are not specific in their plan. This allows for them to justify what is being done by claiming it was not their intention for a certain act to happen.
Hitler and the Holocaust is a very informational novel written by Robert S. Wistrich that not only explains this horrible time in history, but also gives us a look into the mind of Hitler and Nazi ideology. This book is not just centered on Hitler and Germany as it my sound, antisemitism spread like a plague all across Europe even before the Holocaust took place. In this work, Wistrich is not making an argument, but is trying to find an explanation on why so many inhumane actions were allowed.
The Final Solution is the most controversial topic of German History as its origination is not clean cut, whilst it would be simple to place emphasis on Hitler and his World View for the destruction of all Jewry there are other factors such as WW2 which must be taken into consideration in analysis of the Final Solution. Other factors include the polarised view of a lack of formal mechanisms and coherent policy, both of which were fuelled by an honest desire to pursue the will of the Fuhrer to commit, as described by Layton ‘The darkest deed of the Third Reich.’ Throughout this essay it will be
What was Hitler’s role in the Holocaust? Studies of the Holocaust have provoked passionate debates. Increasingly, they have become a central topic of concern for historians particularly since the early 1970s, as the Holocaust studies were generally limited. However, one of the most intense debates surrounding the role played by Hitler in the ’Final Solution’. That is, whether and when Hitler took a decision to initiate the extermination process. Of course, this issue has caused incredible controversy and naturally such a contentious topic of debate has radically produced large amounts of new data and literature. Conflicting, an interpretation has caused further disparities between historians over Hitler’s role in the Holocaust. For this
While viewing the film, I did not expect so many of the members of the Wannsee conference to question the plan of eradicating Jews. In most versions of the history of Nazi Germany, we are told that Nazism spread like wildfire throughout the country, with even the most level headed, intellectual people agreeing to the atrocities put forth by Adolf Hitler. I now believe that the truth is closer to that of many of the men in power during this time period were coerced, even given ultimatums to agree to the plan proposed, whether or not they truly agreed with it or the mentality needed to execute it. As to the actual “final solution” proposed, I learned that when the Wannsee conference was held, the German government was entirely unaware that gas chambers had already been built and used. This results in one of the characters, Dr. Joseph Bühler, to say: “If it is already built, why this meeting?” I think this quote perfectly summarizes the general feelings of inferiority and powerlessness this group of extremely influential and dominant men most probably felt under the gaze of General Heydrich. In the film, the General opens the conference by stating that the current emigration policy isn’t working, because, “who would want them?”
It is unquestionable that the Holocaust was undertaken with the full knowledge and understanding of Adolf Hitler. Whilst other factors contributed to the extermination of six million Jews between 1933 and 1945 there is no more important factor than the influence of president Adolf Hitler. The Holocaust first began in late 1941 and involved the deportation and systematic mass murdered of Jews and other perceived ‘racially inferior’ groups, as they were a source of hated within Germany. This hatred towards Jews and other groups was embedded in Hitler’s speeches and polices, which lead to the Holocaust that was overseen by Nazi German authorities. There is substantial evidence that proves Hitler not only knew of, but actively endorsed the concentration camps and Holocaust. Without Adolf Hitler’s approval and understanding the Holocaust would have ceased to exist.
The final solution, as outline in the Wannsee Conference, was anything but vague. Until this point, it wasn’t “officially” outlined as to what the goal of the Nazi regime was. However, through the displays of propaganda seen in previous stages thought this paper, it is clear what their intentions were. The extent of the implementation, as discussed at the Wannsee conference, as outlined by the Nazi regime was meant for the soul purpose of eliminating the Jews from German society, whether that was by mass immigration, deportations, and/or killings.
Wannsee Conference The Wannsee conference held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on January 20, 1942 was one of the most important conferences in the history of the world. This meeting was for senior officials of Nazi Germany. The main purpose of this entire meeting was for every facet in
The 1930’s saw a huge fight for power, among European nation states with Germany rising to pre-eminence. As Adolf Hitler took office, he put his plans for his “Thousand Year Reich.” One of these policies came to be known as “The Final Solution” (ushmm). The main focus for the “Final Solution” was the German Jews (ushmm). Leading up to the decision on taking out every Jew that was in Germany. Over the years massive terror, took over for the Jewish Germans, and the other Jews that surround Germany.
To begin to understand the reasoning behind the Holocaust, the origins of the Nazi’s hatred for the Jews must be evaluated. Anti-Semitism was a leading factor in the rise and conduct of the Nazi regime and Hitler’s relentless mission for ethnic cleansing sparked the debate of whether or not the extermination of the Jews was Hitler’s plan from prior to war. Anti-Semitism was used as a propaganda tool by the Nazis who exploited anti-Semitic myths, many of which had been embedded in European culture for generations. They promoted the idea of a 'master race', claiming that Germany should be a nation of pureblooded 'Aryans', uncontaminated by the influence of inferior peoples such as Jews. It has been suggested that it is significantly easier to
The HBO Movie - Conspiracy Conspiracy is a historical reenactment of the Wannsee Conference that convened outside Berlin in January of 1942. Fifteen of Hitler’s top officials from the SS and Nazi party held a clandestine meeting to lay the groundwork for what was referred to as the “Final Solution
On January 20, 1942 a meeting was held with fifteen men who were either part of the Nazi party or other powerful government leaders. The meeting took place in a wealthy area in Berlin on a lake that was named Wannsee. The “final solution to the jewish question” was the focus of the meeting. The term “final solution” was the phrase used by the Nazi’s for their plan for the extermination of all European Jews. This meeting was the first time that the government leaders not involved with the Nazi party were introduced to the plan for the Jews that the Nazi’s had carefully developed. The meeting was formally known as the Wannsee Conference and the minutes that came from that conference were top secret and were not meant for others to see
Thus, the historian can see the significance of the Wannsee Conference, not as the point at which the final solution was ultimately sanctioned by the highest authority, but the point that "ushered in the final stage of the extermination policy - the incorporation of the whole of German-occupied Europe in a comprehensive programme of systematic annihilation of the
A meeting is held in order to determine the method by which the Nazi government is to implement Adolf Hitler's policy that the German sphere of influence should be free of Jews, including those in the occupied territories of Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Czechoslovakia and France. As the film opens, various
Ok. For once, I actually feel confident in my ability to write a theory. I am working with people I do not trust, but the enemy is even worse. This is by far the worst position I have ever been in (alliance wise) out of all seasons, but I will not give up. I will win.