The WANNSEE CONFERENCE (German : Wannseekonferenz) was a meeting of
senior government officials of
Nazi Germany and
leaders, held in the
Berlin suburb of
Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The
purpose of the conference, called by the director of the Reich Main
Security Office SS-
Reinhard Heydrich , was to
ensure the cooperation of administrative leaders of various government
departments in the implementation of the so-called Final solution to
the Jewish question , whereby most of the
Jews of German-occupied
Europe would be deported to Poland and murdered. Conference attendees
included representatives from several government ministries, including
state secretaries from the Foreign Office, the justice, interior, and
state ministries, and representatives from the SS. In the course of
the meeting, Heydrich outlined how European
Jews would be rounded up
and sent to extermination camps in the
General Government (the
occupied part of Poland), where they would be killed.
Soon after the invasion of Poland in September 1939, the persecution
of European Jewry was raised to unprecedented levels, but systematic
killing of men, women and children only began in June 1941 after the
Operation Barbarossa against the Soviets. On 31 July 1941
Hermann Göring gave written authorization to Heydrich to prepare and
submit a plan for a "total solution of the Jewish question" in
territories under German control and to coordinate the participation
of all involved government organisations. At Wannsee, Heydrich
emphasized that once the mass deportation was complete, the SS would
take complete charge of the exterminations. A secondary goal was to
arrive at a definition of who was formally Jewish and thus determine
the scope of the genocide .
One copy of the Protocol with circulated minutes of the meeting
survived the war. It was found by
Robert Kempner in March 1947 among
files that had been seized from the
German Foreign Office . It was
used as evidence in the
Subsequent Nuremberg Trials . The Wannsee
House, site of the conference, is now a
* 1 Background
* 2 Planning the conference
* 3 Attendees
* 4 Proceedings
* 6 Interpretation
* 7 House of the
* 8 See also
* 9 Notes
* 10 References
* 11 Bibliography
* 12 External links
Legalized discrimination against
Jews in Germany began immediately
Nazi seizure of power
Nazi seizure of power in January 1933. Violence and economic
pressure were used by the Nazi regime to encourage
Jews to voluntarily
leave the country. The ideology of
Nazism brought together elements of
antisemitism, racial hygiene , and eugenics and combined them with
pan-Germanism and territorial expansionism with the goal of obtaining
Lebensraum (living space) for the Germanic people. Nazi Germany
attempted to obtain this new territory by attacking Poland and the
Soviet Union, intending to deport or exterminate the
Jews and Slavs
living there, who were viewed as being inferior to the Aryan master
Discrimination against Jews, longstanding but extralegal throughout
much of Europe at the time, was codified in Germany immediately after
Nazi seizure of power
Nazi seizure of power on 30 January 1933. The Law for the
Restoration of the Professional Civil Service , passed on 7 April of
that year, excluded most
Jews from the legal profession and the civil
service. Similar legislation soon deprived Jewish members of other
professions of the right to practise. Violence and economic pressure
were used by the regime to force
Jews to leave the country. Jewish
businesses were denied access to markets, forbidden to advertise in
newspapers, and deprived of access to government contracts. Citizens
were harassed and subjected to violent attacks and boycotts of their
businesses. 1935 chart shows racial classifications under the
Nuremberg Laws: German,
Mischlinge , and Jew.
In September 1935, the
Nuremberg Laws were enacted, prohibiting
Jews and people of Germanic extraction, extramarital
Jews and Germans, and the employment of German women
under the age of 45 as domestic servants in Jewish households. The
Reich Citizenship Law stated that only those of German or related
blood were defined as citizens; thus,
Jews and other minority groups
were stripped of their German citizenship. A supplementary decree
issued in November defined as Jewish anyone with three Jewish
grandparents, or two grandparents if the Jewish faith was followed.
By the start of World War II in 1939, around 250,000 of Germany's
Jews emigrated to the United States, Palestine, Great Britain,
and other countries.
After the invasion of Poland in September 1939, Hitler ordered that
the Polish leadership and intelligentsia should be destroyed. The
Sonderfahndungsbuch Polen (
Special Prosecution Book Poland)—lists of
people to be killed—had been drawn up by the SS as early as May
Einsatzgruppen (special task forces) performed these
murders with the support of the
Volksdeutscher Selbstschutz (Germanic
Self-Protection Group), a paramilitary group consisting of ethnic
Germans living in Poland. Members of the SS, the
Armed Forces), and the
Ordnungspolizei (Order Police; Orpo) also shot
civilians during the Polish campaign. Approximately 65,000 civilians
were killed by the end of 1939. In addition to leaders of Polish
society, they killed Jews, prostitutes,
Romani people , and the
On 31 July 1941
Hermann Göring gave written authorization to
Obergruppenführer (Senior Group Leader)
Reinhard Heydrich , Chief
Reich Main Security Office (RSHA), to prepare and submit a plan
for a "total solution of the Jewish question" in territories under
German control and to coordinate the participation of all involved
government organisations. The resulting
Generalplan Ost (General Plan
for the East) called for deporting the population of occupied Eastern
Europe and the Soviet Union to Siberia, for use as slave labour or to
be murdered. The minutes of the
Wannsee Conference estimated the
Jewish population of the Soviet Union to be five million, with another
three million in Ukraine.
In addition to eliminating Jews, the Nazis also planned to reduce the
population of the conquered territories by 30 million people through
starvation in an action called the
Hunger Plan devised by Herbert
Backe . Food supplies would be diverted to the German army and German
civilians. Cities would be razed and the land allowed to return to
forest or resettled by German colonists. The objective of the Hunger
Plan was to inflict deliberate mass starvation on the Slavic civilian
populations under German occupation by directing all food supplies to
the German home population and the
Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front .
According to the historian
Timothy Snyder , "4.2 million Soviet
citizens (largely Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians) were starved"
by the Nazis (and the Nazi-controlled Wehrmacht) in 1941–1944 as a
result of Backe's plan.
Harvests were poor in Germany in 1940 and 1941 and food supplies were
short, as large numbers of forced labourers had been brought into the
country to work in the armaments industry. If these workers—as well
as the German people—were to be adequately fed, there must be a
sharp reduction in the number of "useless mouths", of whom the
Jews under German rule were, in the light of Nazi
ideology, the most obvious example.
At the time of the
Wannsee Conference, the killing of
Jews in the
Soviet Union had already been underway for some months. Right from the
Operation Barbarossa —the invasion of the Soviet
Einsatzgruppen were assigned to follow the army into the
conquered areas and round up and kill Jews. In a letter dated 2 July
1941 Heydrich communicated to his SS and Police Leaders that the
Einsatzgruppen were to execute
Comintern officials, ranking members of
the Communist Party, extremist and radical Communist Party members,
people\'s commissars , and
Jews in party and government posts.
Open-ended instructions were given to execute "other radical elements
(saboteurs, propagandists, snipers, assassins, agitators, etc.)." He
instructed that any pogroms spontaneously initiated by the occupants
of the conquered territories were to be quietly encouraged. On 8
July, he announced that all
Jews were to be regarded as partisans, and
gave the order for all male
Jews between the ages of 15 and 45 to be
shot. By August the net had been widened to include women, children,
and the elderly—the entire Jewish population. By the time planning
was underway for the
Wannsee Conference, hundreds of thousands of
Polish, Serbian, and Russian
Jews had already been killed. The
initial plan was to implement
Generalplan Ost after the conquest of
the Soviet Union. European
Jews would be deported to occupied parts
of Russia, where they would be worked to death in road-building
PLANNING THE CONFERENCE
Letter from Heydrich to Martin Luther , Undersecretary at the
Foreign Office, inviting him to the
Wannsee Conference (Wannsee
Conference House Memorial, Berlin)
On 29 November 1941, Heydrich sent invitations for a ministerial
conference to be held on 9 December at the offices of
Interpol at 16
Am Kleinen Wannsee. He changed the venue on 4 December to the
eventual location of the meeting. He enclosed a copy of a letter from
Göring dated 31 July that authorised him to plan a so-called Final
solution to the Jewish question . The ministries to be represented
were Interior, Justice, the
Four-year plan , Propaganda, and the Reich
Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories .
Between the date the invitations to the conference went out (29
November) and the date of the cancelled first meeting (9 December),
the situation changed. On 5 December, the Soviet Army began a
counter-offensive in front of Moscow, ending the prospect of a rapid
conquest of the Soviet Union. On 7 December, the Japanese attacked the
United States at
Pearl Harbor , causing the U.S. to declare war on
Japan the next day. The Reich government declared war on the U.S. on
11 December. Some invitees were involved in these preparations, so
Heydrich postponed his meeting. Somewhere around this time, Hitler
resolved that the
Jews of Europe were to be exterminated immediately,
rather than after the war, which now had no end in sight. At the
Reich Chancellery meeting of 12 December 1941 he met with top party
officials and made his intentions plain. On 18 December, Hitler
discussed the fate of the
Jews with Himmler in the
Following the meeting, Himmler made a note on his service calendar,
which simply stated "Jewish question/to be destroyed as partisans".
The war was still ongoing, and since transporting masses of people
into a combat zone was impossible, Heydrich decided that the Jews
currently living in the
General Government (the German-occupied area
of Poland) would be killed in extermination camps set up in occupied
areas of Poland, as would
Jews from the rest of Europe.
On 8 January 1942, Heydrich sent new invitations to a meeting to be
held on 20 January. The venue for the rescheduled conference was a
villa at 56–58 Am Großen Wannsee, overlooking the Großer
The villa had been purchased from
Friedrich Minoux in 1940 by the
Sicherheitsdienst (Security Force; SD) for use as a conference centre
and guest house.
Heydrich invited representatives from several government ministries,
including state secretaries from the Foreign Office, the justice,
interior, and state ministries, and representatives from the SS. The
process of disseminating information about the fate of the
already well underway by the time the meeting was held. Of the 15 who
attended, 8 held academic doctorates.
List of attendees
SS-OBERGRUPPENFüHRER (GENERAL OF THE BRANCH ) REINHARD HEYDRICH
Chief of the
Deputy Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia
Reichsführer-SS (Reich Leader SS)
SS-GRUPPENFüHRER (MAJOR-GENERAL) OTTO HOFMANN
Head of the SS Race and Settlement Main Office (
Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler
SS-GRUPPENFüHRER (MAJOR-GENERAL) HEINRICH MüLLER
Chief of Amt IV (Gestapo)
Reich Main Security Office (RSHA), Schutzstaffel
Chief of the
Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich
SS-OBERFüHRER (SENIOR COLONEL) DR. KARL EBERHARD SCHöNGARTH
Commander of the SiPo and the SD in the General Government
SiPo and SD, RSHA, Schutzstaffel
Chief of the
Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich
SS-OBERFüHRER (SENIOR COLONEL) DR. GERHARD KLOPFER
Nazi Party Chancellery
Nazi Party Chancellery
Chief of the Party Chancellery
SS-OBERSTURMBANNFüHRER (LIEUTENANT COLONEL) ADOLF EICHMANN
Head of Referat IV B4 of the Gestapo
Gestapo , RSHA, Schutzstaffel
Chief of Amt IV SS-
Gruppenführer Heinrich Müller
SS-STURMBANNFüHRER (MAJOR) DR. RUDOLF LANGE
Commander of the
Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police; SiPo) and the
SD for the General-District Latvia
Deputy of the Commander of the SiPo and the SD for the
Einsatzkommando 2 SiPo and SD, RSHA, Schutzstaffel
Brigadeführer (Brigadier General) and
Generalmajor der Polizei
(Major-General of Police) Dr.
Franz Walter Stahlecker
Franz Walter Stahlecker
DR. GEORG LEIBBRANDT
Reichsamtleiter (Reich Head Office)
Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories
Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories Dr. Alfred
DR. ALFRED MEYER
Gauleiter (Regional Party Leader)
State Secretary and Deputy Reich Minister Reich Ministry for the
Occupied Eastern Territories
Reich Minister for the Occupied Eastern Territories Dr. Alfred
DR. JOSEF BüHLER
(Polish Occupation Authority) Governor-General Dr.
DR. ROLAND FREISLER
Reich Ministry of Justice
Reich Minister of Justice Dr.
SS-BRIGADEFüHRER (BRIGADIER GENERAL) DR. WILHELM STUCKART
Reich Interior Ministry
Reich Minister of the Interior Dr.
SS-OBERFüHRER (SENIOR COLONEL) ERICH NEUMANN
Office of the Plenipotentiary for the Four Year Plan
Plenipotentiary of the Four Year Plan
FRIEDRICH WILHELM KRITZINGER
Reich Minister and head of the Reich Chancellery
Reich Foreign Ministry
Ernst von Weizsäcker , State Secretary to Reich Foreign Minister
Joachim von Ribbentrop
Eichmann 's list
In preparation for the conference, Eichmann drafted a list of the
Jews in the various European countries. Countries were
listed in two groups, "A" and "B". "A" countries were those under
direct Reich control or occupation (or partially occupied and
quiescent, in the case of
Vichy France ); "B" countries were allied or
client states, neutral, or at war with Germany. The numbers reflect
the estimated Jewish population within each country; for example,
Estonia is listed as
Judenfrei (free of Jews), since the 4,500 Jews
who remained in Estonia after the German occupation had been
exterminated by the end of 1941. Occupied Poland was not on the list
because by 1939 the country was split three ways among Polish areas
Nazi Germany in the west, the territories of Poland annexed
by the Soviet Union in the east, and the
General Government where many
Polish and Jewish expellees had already been resettled.
Heydrich opened the conference with an account of the anti-Jewish
measures taken in Germany since the
Nazi seizure of power
Nazi seizure of power in 1933. He
said that between 1933 and October 1941, 537,000 German, Austrian, and
Jews had emigrated. This information was taken from a briefing
paper prepared for him the previous week by Eichmann.
Heydrich reported that there were approximately eleven million Jews
in the whole of Europe, of whom half were in countries not under
German control. He explained that since further Jewish emigration
had been prohibited by Himmler, a new solution would take its place:
Jews to the east. This would be a temporary solution, a
step towards the "final solution of the Jewish question".
Under proper guidance, in the course of the final solution the Jews
are to be allocated for appropriate labor in the East. Able-bodied
Jews, separated according to sex, will be taken in large work columns
to these areas for work on roads, in the course of which action
doubtless a large portion will be eliminated by natural causes. The
possible final remnant will, since it will undoubtedly consist of the
most resistant portion, have to be treated accordingly, because it is
the product of natural selection and would, if released, act as the
seed of a new Jewish revival.
Peter Longerich notes that vague orders couched in
terminology that had a specific meaning for members of the regime were
common, especially when people were being ordered to carry out
criminal activities. Leaders were given briefings about the need to be
"severe" and "firm"; all
Jews were to be viewed as potential enemies
that had to be dealt with ruthlessly. The wording of the Wannsee
Protocol—the distributed minutes of the meeting—made it clear to
participants that evacuation east was a euphemism for death. The
conference room at the
Wannsee Conference House, 2006
Heydrich went on to say that in the course of the "practical
execution of the final solution", Europe would be "combed through from
west to east" but that Germany, Austria, and the Protectorate of
Bohemia and Moravia would have priority "due to the housing problem
and additional social and political necessities". This was a
reference to increasing pressure from the Gauleiters (regional Nazi
Party leaders) in Germany for the
Jews to be removed from their areas
to allow accommodation for Germans made homeless by Allied bombing, as
well as to make space for laborers being imported from occupied
countries. The "evacuated" Jews, he said, would first be sent to
"transit ghettos" in the General Government, from which they would be
transported eastward. Heydrich said that to avoid legal and political
difficulties, it was important to define who was a Jew for the
purposes of "evacuation". He outlined categories of people who would
not be killed.
Jews over 65 years old, and Jewish
World War I
World War I veterans
who had been severely wounded or who had won the
Iron Cross , might be
Theresienstadt concentration camp instead of being killed.
"With this expedient solution," he said, "in one fell swoop many
interventions will be prevented."
The situation of people who were half or quarter Jews, and of Jews
who were married to non-Jews, was more complex. Under the Nuremberg
Laws of 1935, their status had been left deliberately ambiguous.
Heydrich announced that Mischlings (mixed-race persons) of the first
degree (persons with two Jewish grandparents) would be treated as
Jews. This would not apply if they were married to a non-Jew and had
children by that marriage. It would also not apply if they had been
granted written exemption by "the highest offices of the Party and
State." Such persons would be sterilised or deported if they refused
sterilisation. "Mischlings of the second degree" (persons with one
Jewish grandparent) would be treated as Germans unless they were
Jews or Mischlings of the first degree, had a "racially
especially undesirable appearance that marks him outwardly as a Jew",
or had a "political record that shows that he feels and behaves like a
Jew". Persons in these latter categories would be killed even if
married to non-Jews. In the case of mixed marriages , Heydrich
recommended that each case should be evaluated individually and the
impact on any German relatives assessed. If such a marriage had
produced children who were being raised as Germans, the Jewish partner
would not be killed. If they were being raised as Jews, they might be
killed or sent to an old-age ghetto. These exemptions applied only to
German and Austrian Jews, and were not always observed even for them.
In most of the occupied countries,
Jews were rounded up and killed en
masse, and anyone who lived in or identified with the Jewish community
in any given place was regarded as a Jew. Facsimiles of the
minutes of the
Wannsee Conference and Eichmann's list, presented under
glass at the
Wannsee Conference House Memorial
Heydrich commented, "In occupied and unoccupied France, the
Jews for evacuation will in all probability proceed
without great difficulty", but in the end the great majority of
Jews survived. More difficulty was anticipated with
Hungary . "In
Romania the government has
appointed a commissioner for Jewish affairs", Heydrich said. In fact
the deportation of Romanian
Jews was slow and inefficient despite a
high degree of popular antisemitism. "In order to settle the question
in Hungary," Heydrich said, "it will soon be necessary to force an
adviser for Jewish questions onto the Hungarian government". The
Hungarian regime of
Miklós Horthy continued to resist German
interference in its Jewish policy until the spring of 1944, when the
Wehrmacht invaded Hungary. Very soon, 600,000
parts of Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Yugoslavia occupied by Hungary)
were sent to their deaths by Eichmann, with the collaboration of
Heydrich spoke for nearly an hour. Then followed about thirty minutes
of questions and comments, followed by some less formal conversation.
Otto Hofmann (head of the SS Race and Settlement Main Office (
Wilhelm Stuckart (State Secretary of the
Reich Interior Ministry )
pointed out the legalistic and administrative difficulties over mixed
marriages, and suggested compulsory dissolution of mixed marriages or
the wider use of sterilisation as a simpler alternative. Erich
Neumann from the Four Year Plan argued for the exemption of
were working in industries vital to the war effort and for whom no
replacements were available. Heydrich assured him that this was
already the policy; such
Jews would not be killed.
Josef Bühler ,
State Secretary of the General Government, stated his support for the
plan and his hope that the killings would commence as soon as
possible. Towards the end of the meeting cognac was served, and after
that the conversation became less restrained. "The gentlemen were
standing together, or sitting together", Eichmann said, "and were
discussing the subject quite bluntly, quite differently from the
language which I had to use later in the record. During the
conversation they minced no words about it at all ... they spoke about
methods of killing, about liquidation, about extermination". Eichmann
recorded that Heydrich was pleased with the course of the meeting. He
had expected a lot of resistance, Eichmann recalled, but instead he
had found "an atmosphere not only of agreement on the part of the
participants, but more than that, one could feel an agreement which
had assumed a form which had not been expected".
View of the Großer
Wannsee lake from the villa at 56–58 Am
Grossen Wannsee, where the conference was held
At the conclusion of the meeting Heydrich gave Eichmann firm
instructions about what was to appear in the minutes. They were not to
be verbatim: Eichmann ensured that nothing too explicit appeared in
them. He said at his trial : "How shall I put it — certain
over-plain talk and jargon expressions had to be rendered into office
language by me". Eichmann condensed his records into a document
outlining the purpose of the meeting and the intentions of the regime
moving forward. He stated at his trial that it was personally edited
by Heydrich, and thus reflected the message he intended the
participants to take away from the meeting. Copies of the minutes
(known from the German word for "minutes" as the "
Wannsee Protocol" )
were sent by Eichmann to all the participants after the meeting. Most
of these copies were destroyed at the end of the war as participants
and other officials sought to cover their tracks. It was not until
1947 that Luther's copy (number 16 out of 30 copies prepared) was
Robert Kempner , a U.S. prosecutor in the International
Military Tribunal at Nuremberg , in files that had been seized from
the German Foreign Office.
Wannsee Conference lasted only about ninety minutes. The enormous
importance which has been attached to the conference by postwar
writers was not evident to most of its participants at the time.
Heydrich did not call the meeting to make fundamental new decisions on
the Jewish question. Massive killings of
Jews in the conquered
territories in the Soviet Union and Poland were ongoing and a new
extermination camp was already under construction at Belzec at the
time of the conference; other extermination camps were in the planning
stages. The decision to exterminate the
Jews had already been made,
and Heydrich, as Himmler's emissary, held the meeting to ensure the
cooperation of the various departments in conducting the deportations.
Observations from historian
Laurence Rees support Longerich's
position that the decision over the fate of the
Jews was determined
before the conference; Rees notes that the
Wannsee Conference was
really a meeting of "second-level functionaries" and stresses that
neither Himmler, Goebbels, nor Hitler were present. According to
Longerich, a primary goal of the meeting was to emphasise that once
the deportations had been completed, the implementation of the "final
solution" became an internal matter of the SS, totally outside the
purview of any other agency. A secondary goal was to determine the
scope of the deportations and arrive at definitions of who was Jewish,
who was Mischling, and who (if anybody) should be spared. "The
representatives of the ministerial bureaucracy had made it plain that
they had no concerns about the principle of deportation per se. This
was indeed the crucial result of the meeting and the main reason why
Heydrich had detailed minutes prepared and widely circulated", said
Longerich. Their presence at the meeting also ensured that all those
present were accomplices and accessories to the murders that were
about to be undertaken.
David Cesarani agrees with Longerich's
interpretation; he notes that Heydrich's main purpose was to impose
his own authority on the various ministries and agencies involved in
Jewish policy matters, and to avoid any repetition of the disputes
that had arisen earlier in the annihilation campaign. "The simplest,
most decisive way that Heydrich could ensure the smooth flow of
deportations", he writes, "was by asserting his total control over the
fate of the
Jews in the Reich and the east, and cow other interested
parties into toeing the line of the RSHA".
HOUSE OF THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE
In 1965, historian
Joseph Wulf proposed that the
Wannsee House should
be made into a
Holocaust memorial and document centre, but the West
German government was not interested at that time. The building was in
use as a school, and funding was not available. Despondent at the
failure of the project and the West German government's failure to
pursue and convict Nazi war criminals, Wulf committed suicide in 1974.
On 20 January 1992, on the fiftieth anniversary of the conference,
the site was finally opened as a
Holocaust memorial and museum known
as the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz (House of the
The museum also hosts permanent exhibits of texts and photographs that
document events of the
Holocaust and its planning. The Joseph Wulf
Bibliothek / Mediothek on the second floor houses a large collection
of books on the Nazi era, plus other materials such as microfilms and
original Nazi documents.
Wannsee Conference (1984 film)
* Conspiracy (2001 film)
* Fatherland (novel dealing in large part with
* ^ German historian
Christian Gerlach has claimed that Hitler
approved the policy of extermination in a speech to senior officials
Berlin on 12 December. Gerlach 1998 , p. 785. This date is not
universally accepted, but it seems likely that a decision was made at
around this time. On 18 December, Himmler met with Hitler and noted in
his appointment book "Jewish question – to be exterminated as
partisans". Browning 2007 , p. 410. On 19 December, Wilhelm Stuckert,
State Secretary at the Interior Ministry, told one of his officials:
"The proceedings against the evacuated
Jews are based on a decision
from the highest authority. You must come to terms with it." Browning
2007 , p. 405.
* ^ A B This information was contained in the briefing paper
Eichmann prepared for Heydrich before the meeting. Cesarani 2005 , p.
* ^ At a meeting of 17 ministerial representatives held at the
Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories on 29 January, it
decided that in the eastern territories all Mischlings were to be
classed as Jews, while in western Europe the relatively more lenient
German standard would be applied. Browning 2007 , p. 414.
* ^ Göring and his subordinates made persistent efforts to prevent
skilled Jewish workers whose labour was an important part of the war
effort from being killed. But by 1943 Himmler was a much more powerful
figure in the regime than Göring, and all categories of skilled Jews
eventually lost their exemptions. Tooze 2006 , pp. 522–529.
* ^ The minutes are headed Besprechungsprotokoll (discussion
* ^ A B Longerich 2010 , pp. 309–310.
* ^ Evans 2008 , p. 7.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , p. 132.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , pp. 38–39.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , pp. 67–69.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , p. 41.
* ^ Kershaw 2008 , p. 346.
* ^ Evans 2005 , p. 544.
* ^ Kershaw 2008 , p. 347.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , p. 127.
* ^ Evans 2005 , p. 555.
* ^ A B Longerich 2010 , p. 144.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , pp. 144–145.
* ^ Longerich 2012 , p. 429.
* ^ Evans 2008 , p. 15.
* ^ Longerich 2012 , pp. 430–432.
* ^ Browning 2007 , p. 315.
* ^ A B Snyder 2010 , p. 416.
* ^ Roseman 2002 , p. 112.
* ^ Tooze 2006 , pp. 476-486, 538-549.
* ^ Snyder 2010 , pp. 162–163, 416.
* ^ Tooze 2006 , p. 669.
* ^ Snyder 2010 , p. 411.
* ^ Gerhard 2009 .
* ^ Tooze 2006 , p. 539.
* ^ Tooze 2006 , pp. 538–549.
* ^ A B C Longerich 2012 , p. 523.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , p. 198.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , p. 207.
* ^ A B C Longerich 2010 , p. 309.
* ^ Kershaw 2008 , p. 683.
* ^ A B Roseman 2002 , p. 57.
* ^ Browning 2007 , p. 406.
* ^ Browning 2007 , p. 407.
* ^ Longerich 2000 , p. 2.
* ^ Browning 2007 , pp. 407–408.
* ^ A B Dederichs 2009 , p. 119.
* ^ Browning 2007 , p. 410.
* ^ Roseman 2002 , p. 65.
* ^ Browning 2007 , pp. 410–411.
* ^ Rees 2017 , pp. 252–253.
* ^ "The \'Final Solution\': The
Wannsee Conference", Encyclopaedia
Judaica , The Gale Group, 2008.
* ^ Roseman 2002 , p. 66.
* ^ A B Roseman 2002 , pp. 111–112.
* ^ Longerich 2010 , pp. 237, 239.
* ^ Browning 2007 , p. 93.
* ^ Roseman 2002 , p. 110.
* ^ Cesarani 2005 , p. 112.
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