Roseman, Mark - The Wannsee Conference and the Final Solution - ( Item 120655 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2012. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. A new introduction by the author. Three-quarter bound in buckram. Set in Palatino. 176 pages. Frontispiece and 8 pages of black & white plates. Book size: 9½" × 5¾". The chilling account of the Nazi conference to finalise the plans for genocide, with a new preface by author Mark Roseman. In 1947, American prosecutors were collecting information for the Nuremberg trials when they discovered a few pieces of paper, stamped Geheime Reichssache (Secret Reich matter). These were the minutes of a meeting that had taken place between top Nazi civil servants, SS officials and party representatives on 20 January 1942 in a grand Berlin villa on the shores of Lake Wannsee. Written in dry, bureaucratic language, the document lays out a plan for genocide: 'In the course of the final solution … Jews fit to work will work their way eastward constructing roads. Doubtless the large majority will be eliminated by natural causes. Any final remnant that survives … will have to be dealt with appropriately'. The document goes on to consider how to deal with half Jews, Jews married to Germans and war-decorated Jews, suggesting forced sterilisation or an 'old-age ghetto' in order to avoid public objection. It has been called 'perhaps the most shameful document of modern history'.
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