Was The Impact Of The Wannsee Conference Significant To The Increase Of Anti Semitism From 1942 1945?

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Called together by Reinhard Heydrich on January of 1942 in Berlin, the Wannsee Conference was the location of where the “Final Solution” was arranged and discussed among Government leaders and head Nazi officials. Addressed will be the question if the impact of the Wannsee Conference was significant to the increase of anti-Semitism from 1942-1945. Both primary and secondary sources will be used to investigate a comparison of anti-Semitic methods before and after the conference, as well as what had occurred during the conference, and the response of the non-Jewish population to the proposal from the conference. Primary sources that will be used include speeches and documents of that time. ...view middle of the document...

· Anti-Semitic hate writing in France was very popular after the conference, in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
· In 1902, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (which was said to have contained information about a secret organization of Jews that planned to take over the entire world) was introduced to Russia; this fueled anti-Semitism throughout the world.
· The day after Kristallnacht in 1938, 20 000 Jews were sent to concentration camps.

Many things had occurred during the conference that allowed such a proposal to be accepted and approved.
· The aim of this conference was to decided on a method to cleanse Europe of Jews in a legal manner- evacuation and emigration of Jews to the ghettos in Poland.
· Euphemistic language concealed the what was to happen in the “final solution”
· The actual words “death” or “killings” were not used during the conference.”
· “Within the framework of the Final Solution, the Jews must be transported under appropriate guard and there assigned to appropriate work service, It goes without saying that a large number of them will be eliminated by natural decrease. The final residue will have to be treated appropriately” - Heydrich
· “Instead of emigration, there is now a further possible solution to which the Führer has already signified his consent - namely deportation to the east”
· The final decision was up to Hitler, so the conference itself did not play a significant role in deciding whether or not to follow through with the ‘solution’

After the conference, there were many different responses from the non-Jewish populations to the proposal.
· “Some say that Hitler’s charismatic harangues persuaded millions of Germans to share his loathing of the Jews. But charismatic speakers succeed only if their slogans excited hatreds and fears already shared by their audience.”
· Jews had no country to call their own and were hated for their religion, so in Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Jews were increasingly seen as “a large and unwanted foreign presence.”
· In the late nineteenth century, the Austrian Catholic church had more power than anywhere else and therefore placed strong restrictions upon the Jews.
· The Vichy protected French Jews by delivering foreign Jews to the Germans.
· Many have denied or were in denial of the Holocaust and even taking part in the discrimination of Jews. The booklet Did Six Million Really Die? Was sent to the British Parliament, journalists, and top figures in Jewish community. It was also circulated around the world.

Part C: Evaluation of Sources

One key source that was used during this investigation was The Politics of Hate: Anti-Semitism, History, and the Holocaust in Modern Europe by John Weiss, it was published in Brooklyn in 1999. John Weiss is an author of a few books based on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; he also wrote an in depth book called Ideology of Death: Why the Holocaust Happened in Germany. This...

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