The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting: Wannsee and the Final Solution

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Allen Lane/Penguin, 2002 - Antisemitism - 151 pages
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Examines events leading up to the Wannsee Conference in January 1942 and the conference itself, in order to clarify the relation of the conference to the Final Solution. Examines issues such as decision-making in the Reich; power struggles between the security and police bodies (the RSHA) and various Party and government institutions; the role of the conference's "host", Heydrich, and of his assistant, Eichmann; and both foreign and domestic events, including the course of the war. Concludes that Wannsee was not the place where the decision was taken, but it was where fifteen educated and civilized bureaucrats assented to genocide. One of the issues at the conference was how to define a Jew, and whether a "Mischling" was to be treated as one, i.e. killed. Discusses the transition from deportation to murder and the inclusion of all of Europe's Jews in the Final Solution. Pp. 108-118 contain a translation of the conference's protocol, which played a role at the Nuremberg Trials.

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User Review  - Balnaves - LibraryThing

'Engrossing and chilling, it helps our understanding of Wannsee's place on the twisted path to genocide’ SUNDAY TIMES In 1947, American prosecutors were collecting information for the Nuremberg trials ... Read full review

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A short, focussed book on the Wannsee Conference; the event that codified the Holocaust. Roseman examines the Holocaust through the burning lens of this pivotal event, and uses his analysis of Nazi ... Read full review


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Mark Roseman teaches modern history at the University of Southhampton in England & has published widely on many aspects of the 20th century German history. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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