The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution

The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution

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Baker & Taylor
Attempts to unravel the many complex mysteries surrounding a document, called the "Secret Reich matter," created by a group of Nazi leaders in 1942 at a lavish villa on the shore of Berlin's Lake Wannsee, that tallied up the Jews in Europe, classified half and quarter Jews, and ordered the senseless slaughter of thousands of Jews as the "final solution to the Jewish Question."

McMillan Palgrave
A groundbreaking investigation into the mysterious gathering where the Nazi plan for genocide was reputedly decided.

In early 1947, American officials in Germany stumbled across a document. Entitled "Secret Reich matter," it summarized the results of a meeting of top Nazi officials that took place on January 20, 1942, in a grand villa on the shore of Berlin's Lake Wannsee.

On one level, this document offered clarity: known as the Wannsee Protocol (and included here in full), it tallied up the Jews in Europe, carefully classified half and quarter Jews, and above all laid the groundwork for a "final solution to the Jewish Question." Yet the Protocol, among the most shameful documents in history, remains deeply mysterious. How can we understand this businesslike discussion of genocide? And why was the meeting necessary? Hundreds of thousands of Jews had already been shot in Russia or gassed in the camp at Chelmno. Test murders had been carried out in Auschwitz. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about the Wannsee Conference, is that we do not know why it took place.

Mark Roseman, author of the acclaimed A Past in Hiding, seeks to unravel this double mystery and to explain how it was that on a snowy January day in 1942, a group of educated young men met to discuss the systematic slaughter of a people.


Holtzbrinck
A groundbreaking investigation into the mysterious gathering where the Nazi plan for genocide was reputedly decided. In early 1947, American officials in Germany stumbled across a document. Entitled "Secret Reich matter," it summarized the results of a meeting of top Nazi officials that took place on January 20, 1942, in a grand villa on the shore of Berlin's Lake Wannsee. On one level, this document offered clarity: known as the Wannsee Protocol (and included here in full), it tallied up the Jews in Europe, carefully classified half and quarter Jews, and above all laid the groundwork for a "final solution to the Jewish Question." Yet the Protocol, among the most shameful documents in history, remains deeply mysterious. How can we understand this businesslike discussion of genocide? And why was the meeting necessary? Hundreds of thousands of Jews had already been shot in Russia or gassed in the camp at Chelmno. Test murders had been carried out in Auschwitz. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about the Wannsee Conference, is that we do not know why it took place. Mark Roseman, author of the acclaimed A Past in Hiding , seeks to unravel this double mystery and to explain how it was that on a snowy January day in 1942, a group of educated young men met to discuss the systematic slaughter of a people.

Baker
& Taylor

Examines the often misunderstood turning point of the Nazi regime known as the Wannsee Protocol, while also searching for the truth behind why the Wannsee Conference took place in January 1942.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805068108
0805068104
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 ROS
Characteristics: 211 p. ; 22 cm

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