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11.   Excerpt from a Training Guide by SS-Sturmbannführer Paul Zapp on the "Jewish Question" (end of 1940)
The outbreak of the war saw the considerable radicalization of Nazi racial policy, which eventually led to a policy of annihilation. With the invasion....
12.   Major General Bruns’s Description of the Execution of Jews outside Riga on December 1, 1941, Surreptitiously Taped Conversation (April 25, 1945)
The German attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, marked the beginning of a new phase of the war.....
13.   The Wannsee Protocol (January 20, 1942)
On July 31, 1941, Hermann Göring (1893-1946), acting on Hitler’s instructions, ordered Reinhard....
14.   Statistical Report on the "Final Solution," known as the Korherr Report (March 23, 1943)
The most intense phase in the industrial annihilation of the Jews occurred between March 1942 and February 1943, when about two-thirds of the Nazis’ victims were killed. Murder on this scale entailed....
15.   Decoded Radio Messages between Ernst Kaltenbrunner (Berlin) and Herbert Kappler (Rome) (October 11, 1943)
Until 1943, Italy’s approximately 51,000 Jews were relatively safe. Although the Fascist regime under dictator Benito....
16.   Report by Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba, two Escapees from Auschwitz (Late April 1944)
On April 7, 1944, the Slovak inmates Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba managed to escape from Auschwitz,....
17.   Sworn Statement in which Former Reichsbank Employee Albert Thoms Reports on the Bank’s Receipt of Valuables Taken from Death Camp Victims (May 26, 1948)
Albert Thoms headed the Department of Precious Metals at the Reichsbank, and in this capacity he was....
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