The Final Solution
The Jewish Question


Adolf Hitler gave a speech not long before the beginning of World War II and the Holocaust. His words foretold of what was to become of the Jewish people of Europe:

"Today I will once more be a prophet: If the international Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the Bolshevization of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!"

The Final Solution was a plan devised by Nazi Germany to commit genocide against the Jews of Europe during World War II. This decision was made during a discussion held among a group of German Nazi officials at the Wannsee conference (Wannsee is a locality located in a Berlin borough) on 20 Jan 1942. The conference was to decide on the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question."

Almost one million Jews had already been murdered before the Nazis put their plans for their Final Solution fully into effect. When it was finally determined to eliminate the entire population from Europe, extermination camps were built and the mass killings of Jews began to accelerate. Already by November of 1941 such camps had been built in Belzec, then Sobibor, Treblinka, Chelmno, Majdanek and Auschwitz-Birkenau. When the "Final Solution" was agreed upon, the mass murders of Jews began.

: On April 1st, 1933, the boycott which was announced by the Nationalsocialistic party began. Placard reads, “Germans, defend yourselves, do not buy from the Jews,” at the Jewish Tietz store. Berlin. New York Times Paris Bureau Collection. (USIA).
Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.



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