Nazi Officers on the "Jewish Question
Speech by Adolf
, January 31, 1939 (Trials of War Criminals Before
the Nuremberg Military Tribunals
- Washington, U.S. Govt. Print.
Off., 1949-1953, Vol XIII, p. 131):
Today I will once more be a prophet: If the international
Jewish financiers in and outside Europe should succeed in plunging the
nations once more into a world war, then the result will not be the
bolshevization of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the
annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!
to a crowd at the Sports Palace in Berlin, January 30 1942 (Quoted in
The Holocaust, by Martin Gilbert, Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
NY, 1985, p. 285. Text as monitored by the Foreign Broadcast Monitoring
Service, Federal Communications Commission).
And we say that the war will not end as the Jews imagine
it will, namely with the uprooting of the Aryans, but the result of
this war will be the complete annihilation of the Jews.
Excerpts from the meeting between
Hitler and the Mufti, Haj
Amin Husseini, on 28 November 1941. The notes were taken by Dr. Paul Otto Schmidt and
are quoted in Gerald Fleming's Hitler and the Final Solution,
p. 101-104. Also geheime Reichssache 57 a/41, Records Dept. Foreign
and Commonwealth Office Pa/2:
The Führer then made the following declaration,
requesting the Mufti to lock it deep in his heart:
1) He (the Führer) would carry on the fight until
the last traces of the Jewish-Communist European hegemony had been obliterated.
2) In the course of this fight, the German army would
- at a time that could not yet be specified, but in any case in the
clearly foreseeable future - gain the southern exit of Caucasus.
3) As soon as this breakthrough was made, the Führer
would offer the Arab world his personal assurance that the hour of liberation
had struck. Thereafter, Germany's only remaining objective in the region
would be limited to the annihilation of the Jews living under British
protection in Arab lands.
Hitler, quoted in Hitler, by Joachim Fest, Vintage Books
Edition, 1974, p. 679-680:
Nature is cruel; therefore we are also entitled to
be cruel. When I send the flower of German youth into the steel hail
of the next war without feeling the slightest regret over the precious
German blood that is being spilled, should I not also have the right
to eliminate millions of an inferior race that multiplies like vermin?
Speech by Reichsfuehrer-SS Himmler
before senior SS officers in Poznan, October 4 and 6, 1943 (Trials
of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals - Washington,
U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. XIII, p. 323, and Himmler, Reichsfuehrer-SS
- P. Padfield, Henry Holt and Co, NY, 1990, p. 469):
I mean the evacuation of the Jews, the extermination
of the Jewish race. It's one of those things it is easy to talk about,
"the Jewish race is being exterminated", says one party member,
"that's quite clear, it's in our program, elimination of the Jews,
and we're doing it, exterminating them". And then they come, 80
million worthy Germans, and each one has his decent Jew. Of course the
others are vermin, but this one is an A-1 Jew. Not one of those who
talk this way has watched it, not one of them has gone through it. Most
of you know what it means when 100 corpses are lying side by side, or
500, or 1,000. To have stuck it out and at the same time - apart from
exceptions caused by human weakness - to have remained decent fellows,
that is what has made us hard. This is a page of glory in our history
which has never been written and is never to be written.
I ask of you that what I say in this circle you really
only hear and never speak of. We come to the question: how is it with
the women and the children? I have resolved even here on a completely
clear solution. That is to say I do not consider myself justified in
eradicating the men - so to speak killing or ordering them killed -
and allowing the avengers in the shape of the children to grow up for
our sons and grandsons. The difficult decision has to be taken, to cause
this Volk [people] to disappear from the earth.
[This speech was recorded; the magnetic tapes are
in the National Archives in Washington, DC]
Speech by Himmler
at Kharkow, April 1943 (Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression - Washington,
U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1946, Vol. IV, p. 572-574):
We have - I would say, as very consistent National
Socialists, taken the question of blood as our starting point. We were
the first really to solve the problem of blood by action, and in this
connection, by problem of blood, we of course do not mean antisemitism.
Antisemitism is exactly the same as delousing. Getting rid of lice is
not a question of ideology. It is a matter of cleanliness.
[Reich Propaganda Minister] Diaries, February 14, 1942 (The Goebbels
Diaries 1942-1943 - L.P. Lochner, Doubleday & Co., 1948, p.
World Jewry will suffer a great catastrophe at the
same time as Bolshevism. The Führer once more expressed his determination
to clean up the Jews in Europe pitilessly. There must be no squeamish
sentimentalism about it. The Jews have deserved the catastrophe that
has now overtaken them. Their destruction will now go hand in hand with
the destruction of our enemies. We must hasten this process with cold
[Reich Propaganda Minister] diaries, March 27, 1942 (The Goebbels
Diaries 1942-1943- L.P. Lochner, Doubleday & Co., 1948, p. 147-148):
Beginning with Lublin, the Jews in the General Government
[Nazi occupied Poland] are now being evacuated eastward. The procedure
is a pretty barbaric one and not to be described here more definitely.
Not much will remain of the Jews. On the whole it can be said that about
60 per cent of them will have to be liquidated whereas only 40 per cent
can be used for forced labor.
Speech by Hans
Frank [Governor of occupied Poland], to German soldiers in Poland,
urging them to write home (Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression - Washington,
U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1946, Vol. II, p. 633-634):
In all these weeks, they [i.e., your families] will
be thinking of you, saying to themselves: my God, there he sits in Poland
where there are so many lice and Jews, perhaps he is hungry and cold,
perhaps he is afraid to write. It would not be a bad idea to send our
dear ones back home a picture, and tell them: well now, there are not
so many lice and Jews any more, and conditions here in the General Government
have changed and improved somewhat already. Of course, I could not eliminate
all lice and Jews in only one year's time. But in the course of time,
and above all, if you help me, this end will be attained. After all,
it is not necessary for us to accomplish everything within a year and
right away, for what would otherwise be left for those who follow us
Speech by Hans
Frank [Governor of occupied Poland], December 16, 1941 (Documents
on the Holocaust - Edited by Y. Arad, Y. Gutman, A. Margaliot, NY,
Ktav Pub. House in Association with Yad-Vashem, 1981, p. 247, Nazi
Conspiracy and Aggression - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1946
Vol. II p. 634):
One way or another -- I will tell you quite openly
-- we must finish off the Jews. The Führer put it into words once:
should united Jewry again succeed in setting off a world war, then the
blood sacrifice shall not be made only by the peoples driven into war,
but then the Jew of Europe will have met his end....
But what should be done with the Jews? Can you believe
that they will be accommodated in settlements in the Ostland? In Berlin
we were told: why are you making all this trouble? We don't want them
either, not in Ostland nor in the Reichskommissariat; liquidate them
yourselves! Gentlemen, I must ask you to steel yourselves against all
considerations of compassion. We must destroy the Jews wherever we find
them, and wherever it is at all possible, in order to maintain the whole
structure of the Reich...
The Jews represent for us also extraordinary malignant
gluttons. We have now approximately 2,500,000 of them in the General
Government [Nazi occupied Poland], perhaps with the Jewish mixtures
and everything that goes with it, 3,500,000 Jews. We cannot shoot or
poison those 3,500,000 Jews, but we shall nevertheless be able to take
measures which will lead somehow to their annihilation, and this in
connection with the gigantic measures to be determined in discussions
with the Reich.
Letter from Hugo Höppenerner,
higher SS and Police leader in the Warthegau, to SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer
Eichmann, July 16, 1941 (Documents of Destruction - R. Hilberg,
Quadrangle Books, Chicago, 1971, p. 87).
Enclosed is a memorandum on the results of various
discussions held locally in the office of the Reich Governor...
Subject: Solution of the Jewish question
4) This winter there is a danger that not all of the
Jews can be fed anymore. One might weigh honestly, if the most humane
solution might not be to finish off those of the Jews who are not employable
by means of some quick-working device. At any rate, that would be more
pleasant than to let them starve to death.
5) For the rest, the proposal was made that in this
camp all the Jewish women, from whom one could still expect children,
should be sterilized so that the Jewish problem may actually be solved
completely with this generation.
Dr. Erhard Wetzel
Excerpted from a memorandum dated
27 April, 1942 by Dr. Erhard Wetzel (attorney), who was serving
as desk officer in the Reich Ministry for the Eastern Territories (Nazism:
A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts, 1919-1945, Volume
II, J.Noakes and G. Pridham, editors. Schocken Books, New York, (c)1988
by the Dept. of History and Archeology, University of Exeter. ISBN 0-8053-0973-5
(vol. 1), 0-8052-0972-7 (vol. 2). Document #690 on p.979):
Re: the Solution of the Polish Question
...It should be obvious that one cannot solve the
Polish problem by liquidating the Poles in the same way as the Jews.
Such a solution to the Polish problem would burden the German people
with guilt for years to come and lose us the sympathies of people everywhere,
particularly since our neighbors would be bound to reckon that they
would be treated in the same way when the time came.
A letter to Rosenberg enclosing
reports from Generalkommisar for White Russia, Wilhelm Kube,
about the extermination of Jews in the east, June 18, 1943 (Nazi
Conspiracy and Aggression - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1946,
Vol I, p. 1001):
...The fact that Jews receive special treatment requires
no further discussion. However, it appears hardly believable that this
is done in the way described in the report of the General Commissioner
of 1 June 1943. What is Katyn against that? Imagine only that these
occurrences would become known to the other side and exploited by them!
Most likely such propaganda would have no effect only because people
who hear who hear and read about it simply would not be ready to believe
["Special treatment" and "resettlement"
mean extermination, as is obvious from many such documents; consider,
for instance, the following]
Memorandum from Gestapo Headquarters,
June 15, 1944 (Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military
Tribunals - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. IV,
In amending my directive of June 20 1944, I request
that those people subject to special treatment be sent to a crematorium
to be cremated if possible.