Berlin: July 31, 1941
The Reich Marshal of the Greater German Reich Plenipotentiary for the Four-Year PlanChairman of the Ministerial Council for the Defense of the Reich
To: the Chief of the Security Police and the SD
SS Major General Heydrich, Berlin:
As a supplement to the task which was entrusted to you in the decree dated January 24, 1939, to solve the Jewish question by emigration and evacuation in the most favorable way possible, given present conditions, I herewith commission you to carry out all necessary preparations with regard to organizational, substantive, and financial viewpoints for a total solution of the Jewish question in the German sphere of influence in Europe.
Insofar as other competencies of other central organizations are affected, these are to be involved.
I further commission you to submit to me promptly an overall plan showing the preliminary organizational, substantive, and financial measures for the execution of the intended final solution of the Jewish question.
Source: Dawidowicz, Lucy S. A Holocaust Reader. West Orange: Behrman. 1976, pp. 72-73 and Electric Zen: An Einsatzgruppen Electronic Repository.