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The Nazi’s Wannsee Conference on the Jewish Question – 1942

The Nazi’s Wannsee Conference on the Jewish Question – 1942

At the Wannsee conference, SS General Reinhard Heydrich presented a plan according to which the European Jews were to be used as a work force for building roads. Those who did not die during construction were to be liquidated afterwards.

On this day, in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, a conference was held, at which high-ranking Nazi officials participated. The purpose of the conference was to inform the ones present of the fact that Reinhard Heydrich was appointed in charge of the “final solution to the Jewish question”.

At the conference, Reinhard Heydrich presented a plan according to which the European Jews were to be used as a work force for building roads. Those who did not die during construction would be liquidated in the end. At that time Heydrich was the highest-ranking officer in the SS after Himmler. He was SS-Obergruppenführer (General) and General of the Police, and also the chief of the Reich Main Security Office (Reichsicherheitshaumptamt, RSHA), which included, among other things, the Gestapo.

Among the attendants was also the infamous Adolf Eichmann. The plan of building roads was never executed. Heydrich was killed in Prague in June that year (to retaliate, the Germans ordered the destruction of a whole town in the Czech Republic and killed approximately 1,300 people).

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