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Nazism, War and GenocideNew Perspectives on the History of the Third Reich$
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Neil Gregor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780859897457

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859897457.001.0001

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Shoot First and Ask Questions Afterwards? Wannsee and the Unfolding of the Final Solution1

Shoot First and Ask Questions Afterwards? Wannsee and the Unfolding of the Final Solution1

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(p.131) 8 Shoot First and Ask Questions Afterwards? Wannsee and the Unfolding of the Final Solution1
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Nazism, War and Genocide
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Mark Roseman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780859897457.003.0008

This chapter examines the decision-making process in Nazi Germany during the crucial phase of transition to the systematic mass murder of the Jews. In particular, it analyses the protocol of the Wannsee Conference of January 1942 in relation to the evolution of Nazi Jewish policy. The focus is on the agendas of the top leadership of the SS, especially Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the German Security Police and chief of the Security Service. The chapter shows that the transition to mass murder took place via a series of incremental steps from 1941 to 1942, undertaken in a series of related yet distinct killing operations in various localities in the occupied east. It also considers Heydrich's account of the planning for the final solution and concludes by explaining how the Wannsee protocol served as a signpost indicating that genocide had become the Third Reich's official policy.

Keywords:   final solution, Nazi Germany, mass murder, Jews, Wannsee Conference, Reinhard Heydrich, Third Reich, genocide

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