The Systematic Extermination Of Europe 's Jews Essay

1016 Words Apr 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Adolf Hitler was once quoted as saying, “How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think” (BrainyQuote). Hitler and his top administrators relied on this presumed ignorance in their execution of the “Final Solution,” the systematic extermination of Europe’s Jews. At the Wannsee Conference in 1942, high-ranking Nazi Party and government officials met to discuss the coordination and implementation of the “Final Solution” (“Wannsee Conference”). It was through the bureaucratic coordination of multiple sectors of the government and particularly the use of railways in deportation and transport that Hitler and the Nazis were able to successfully execute the Holocaust. Prior to the Wannsee Conference, the primary method of extermination was through the use of the Einsatzgruppen, elite mobile killing squads made up of SS officers (“The Einsatzgruppen”). The main method of murder was to take Jewish men, women, and children, Roma (Gypsies), and the mentally and physically disabled out of towns into open fields or forests, have them dig pits and undress, and then shoot them one by one (“Einsatzgruppen”). The use of the Einsatzgruppen is believed to have been the first step in the “Final Solution.”
At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, held near Berlin, SS, Nazi Party officials, and German state officials met to coordinate the mass deportation of Jews to killing centers (also known as extermination camps) already underway in German-occupied Poland…

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