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May 24, 2015

Auschwitz — “the largest mass murder site in human history”

In my blog post today, I am commenting on a news article, in a British newspaper, which you can read in full at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/27/auschwitz-short-history-liberation-concentration-camp-holocaust

The Wannsee house dining room as it looks today

The Wannsee house dining room as it looks today. This is the room where the Wannsee Conference was held.  (Click on the photo to enlarge)

The article in The Guardian newspaper, cited above, begins with this quote:

On 27 January 1945 Soviet soldiers entered the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp complex in south-west Poland. The site had been evacuated by the Nazis just days earlier. Thus ended the largest mass murder in a single location in human history.

The part of the article, which particularly caught my eye, is this quote:

In January 1942, the Nazi party decided to roll out the Final Solution. Camps dedicated solely to the extermination of Jews had been created before, but this was formalised by SS Lieutenant General Reinhard Heydrich in a speech at the Wannsee conference. The extermination camp Auschwitz II (or Auschwitz-Birkenau) was opened in the same year.

So what is the real story on the Wannsee conference and the “Final Solution”?

The dining room, as it looked in 1916 when the Wannsee house was built. This is the room where the Wannsee conference was held in 1942

The dining room, as it looked in 1916 when the Wannsee house was built. This is the room where the Wannsee conference was held in 1942

The photograph above shows the dining room [where the Wannsee Conference was held] as it looked in 1922. At the time of the conference in January 1942, the room was probably furnished much like this. Now the former conference room has been stripped of its Queen Ann chairs, Oriental rug, chandelier, and wall tapestry, and only a glass table and 15 stools are in the room.

Fifteen top officials of the Nazi bureaucracy and the SS attended the Wannsee conference, which was led by 38-year-old Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA), on January 20, 1942 in an old mansion in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee.

A photo of the Wannsee mansion, taken shortly after it was built in 1916

A photo of the Wannsee mansion, taken shortly after it was built in 1916

The minutes or protocols of the Wannsee meeting, 15 pages in all, were written by 36-year-old Adolf Eichmann.

The copy of the minutes, that was found by the Allies in 1947, was undated and unsigned; it had no stamp of any Bureau. The copy appeared to be a draft report of the meeting.

The full title of the Conference was “The Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe.”

The original phrase, upon which the title was based, was “a final territorial solution of the Jewish question.”

The term “Jewish Question” referred to a question that had been discussed for years: Should the Jews have their own state within the country where they lived, or should they assimilate?

On the witness stand, at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, Hermann Goering said that the conference was about “the total solution to the Jewish Question” and that it meant the evacuation of the Jews, not the extermination of the Jews.

The full text of the letter from Goering to Heydrich, ordering the Final Solution, (Nuremberg Document PS-710) is quoted below:

Begin quote:

To the Chief of the Security Police and the SD, SS Gruppenfuehrer Heydrich

Berlin

In completion of the task which was entrusted to you in the Edict dated January 24, 1939, of solving the Jewish question by means of emigration or evacuation in the most convenient way possible, given the present conditions, I herewith charge you with making all necessary preparations with regard to organizational, practical and financial aspects for a total solution [Gesamtloesung] of the Jewish question in the German sphere of influence in Europe.

Insofar as the competencies of other central organizations are affected, these are to be involved.

I further charge you with submitting to me promptly an overall plan of the preliminary organizational, practical and financial measures for the execution of the intended final solution (Endloesung) of the Jewish question.

[signed] Goering

End quote

The former dining room in the Wannsee house is used today for meetings in which the famous Conference is discussed.

The former dining room in the Wannsee house is used today for meetings to discuss the Holocaust

The former dining room in the Wannsee house is used today for meetings to discuss the Holocaust  (Click on the photo to enlarge)

8 Comments »

  1. The BBC which is the heavily Jewish influenced state broadcaster in the UK has just broadcast a program on the brutal results for the German people of the Potsdam agreement; it even included the film of the Germans being shot and then ran over by trucks in Bohemia by the Czechs. Why the Czechs should have done this I can never understand as throughout the war Bohemia was a haven for all its people. The BBC slipped in the usual line about evil Nazis etc with “lampshades made out of human skin ” ! However it was a first for a western broadcaster . I will add the link but its not downloadable outside the UK unless you subscribe.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05x30lb/1945-the-savage-peace

    Comment by peter — May 26, 2015 @ 3:11 am

  2. On the witness stand, at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, Hermann Goering said that the conference was about “the total solution to the Jewish Question” and that it meant the evacuation of the Jews, not the extermination of the Jews.

    You are joking right ? Two things here. Firstly Goering was trying to save his fat neck and secondly that the dictionary states that “evacuation” is removing someone from a place of danger to a safer one.

    I hardly think that removing an innocent member of the community by forcing them into a cattle truck and moving them halfway across Europe to a concentration camp to face starvation and worse can be classed as evacuation. I think this poses a credibility gap in the evidence of the Nazi murderer don’t you ?

    Comment by David Pearce — May 25, 2015 @ 2:38 am

  3. The Daily Mail is such a tease. Along with its daily Holocaust story courtesy of the Holocaust Educational Trust it occasionally publishes a revisionist piece to click bait its readers ! It is well known that Churchill used to parade around naked with guests in his own home but he was apparently gay as well . This is something you could never accuse Mussolini of !
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093439/Was-Winston-secretly-GAY.html

    Comment by peter — May 24, 2015 @ 5:18 pm

  4. 15 people gathered around that little round table? Gemütlich,I must say!

    Comment by Jett Rucker — May 24, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    • The small round table in this huge room could probably have been expanded by adding leaves in the table. I have added some photos that will show how large this room really is. Scroll down to see the last photo, which shows that the room is huge, and could have easily held 15 people around a table.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 24, 2015 @ 4:36 pm


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