20 January 1942 Wannsee Conference on Final Solution plans the eradication of 11 million Jews #otdimjh #onthisday


From the ICEJ website: The Wannsee Conference was held on January 20, 1942 at a lakeside villa outside Berlin and was attended by 15 high-ranking Nazi bureaucrats who set in motion the implementation of a plan to eradicate the Jews of Europe. The meeting was convened by Reinhard Heydrich, assistant to deputy Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, who led a discussion on methods to be used for the systematic, industrial murder of all Jews within Germany’s reach. A chart compiled by Adolf Eichmann for the Wannsee Conference listed all of the estimated 11 million Jews of Europe and northwest Africa as potential targets.


In the course of the meeting, Heydrich presented a plan, presumably approved by Adolf Hitler, for the deportation of the Jewish populations of Europe and French North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) to German-occupied areas in eastern Europe, and the use of the Jews fit for labor on road-building projects, in the course of which they were expected to eventually die. According to the recorded minutes of the Wannsee Conference, any surviving remnant would be annihilated after completion of the road projects. This initial plan was soon altered as subsequent events unfolded during the war. When Soviet and Allied forces began pushing back the German lines, Nazi leaders decided to accelerate the extermination process and most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe were sent to death camps or concentration camps, or killed where they lived. Nonetheless, the Wannsee Conference stands as the clearest single evidentiary proof on which the entire Nazi leadership can be indicted for a collective genocidal plot to eradicate all of European Jewry.


In the months leading up to Wannsee, German forces invading the Soviet Union had made rapid advances to the gates of Moscow and a euphoric Nazi leadership began to discuss how to deal with the four million Jews of Eastern Europe which had fallen under German control. Shedding any moral restraints, Hitler and his chief lieutenants, Herman Göring and Heinrich Himmler, deliberated over the most practical “solution” to the “Jewish question.” Although no written order by Hitler to exterminate all Jews has ever been found, certain comments he made around this time made it clear he wanted to rid them from his realm. Based on this understanding, Göring gave written authorization to Reinhard Heydrich, chief of the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA), to “make all necessary preparations” for a “total solution of the Jewish question.”

From the Record of the Meeting:


Approximately 11 million Jews will be involved in the final solution of the European Jewish question, distributed as follows among the individual countries:

Country Number

  1. Germany proper 131,800
    Austria 43,700
    Eastern territories 420,000
    General Government 2,284,000
    Bialystok 400,000
    Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia 74,200
    Estonia – free of Jews –
    Latvia 3,500
    Lithuania 34,000
    Belgium 43,000
    Denmark 5,600
    France / occupied territory 165,000
    unoccupied territory 700,000
    Greece 69,600
    Netherlands 160,800
    Norway 1,300
  2. Bulgaria 48,000
    England 330,000
    Finland 2,300
    Ireland 4,000
    Italy including Sardinia 58,000
    Albania 200
    Croatia 40,000
    Portugal 3,000
    Rumania including Bessarabia 342,000
    Sweden 8,000
    Switzerland 18,000
    Serbia 10,000
    Slovakia 88,000
    Spain 6,000
    Turkey (European portion) 55,500
    Hungary 742,800
    USSR 5,000,000
    Ukraine 2,994,684
    White Russia
    excluding Bialystok 446,484

Total over 11,000,000

The number of Jews given here for foreign countries includes, however, only those Jews who still adhere to the Jewish faith, since some countries still do not have a definition of the term “Jew” according to racial principles.
The handling of the problem in the individual countries will meet with difficulties due to the attitude and outlook of the people there, especially in Hungary and Rumania. Thus, for example, even today the Jew can buy documents in Rumania that will officially prove his foreign citizenship.

Prayer: In the face of such evil, how is it possible to pray as Yeshua did: “Father, forgive them, they knew not what they did?” It seems only possible to mourn the loss of 6 million, crying out to God for justice. What Hannah Arendt would call ‘the banality of evil’ was planned on such a monstrous scale that we can only recoil in horror, and cry out for God’s mercy, justice, healing, reconciliation and forgiveness. Amen, Lord have mercy.






1942 Wannsee Conference and ‘Final Solution’ agreed

(20 January)

First trains from Paris to Auschwitz (29 March)

First gassings at Auschwitz (23 June)

Allies receive details of about ‘Final Solution’

1943 New crematorium opens at Auschwitz (13 March)

Arrest of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

First Deportation of Roman Jews (18 October)

1944 First Deportation of Athenian Jews (14 April)

Warsaw Ghetto uprising (1 August–2 October)

Himmler orders destruction of crematoria at Auschwitz

(26 November)

1945 Auschwitz liberated by Red Army (27 January)

Buchenwald liberated by US Army (10 April)

Bergen Belsen liberated by British Army (15 April)

Hitler commits suicide (13 April)

Germany surrenders (8 May)

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1 Response to 20 January 1942 Wannsee Conference on Final Solution plans the eradication of 11 million Jews #otdimjh #onthisday

  1. Brother Pietro says:

    Dear Richard.
    Thank you for your posts. But what must it mean for you and you jewish people to deal with all this terrible facts like this one from the Wannseekonferenz. I´m lacking words … it´s too horrible that all this things on such an incredibly monstrous scale were planned in my country from my people and have been into practice. Lord have mercy on us and forgive us our sin.
    Dear jewish brothers and sisters please forgive us for the sake of Yeshua the Lamb of God who took upon himself even this abhorrent crimes and sufferings. Is. 53.
    When I was in Ausschwitz last year and where we had holy communion at the selection point it became so real that the blood of Yeshua is enough to atone even for the greatest outworking of sin mankind has ever seen. This is the righteuosness of God.
    May as you prayed God’s mercy, justice, healing, reconciliation and forgiveness come. Amen, Lord have mercy.
    United in His love,
    your Brother Pietro


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