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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 a massive logistical effort on the part of the Nazi regime, as the following report – the so-called Korherr Report – reveals. The report was drawn up in the spring of 1943 by Dr. Richard Korherr, the Inspector for Statistics with the Reichsführer SS, at the request of Heinrich Himmler. Adolf Eichmann, who was in charge of the “evacuation” of the European Jews in his capacity as head of the Referat IV B4 at the Reich Main Security Office, later testified in court that the Korherr Report had made his job much easier.

After the war, Korherr found a position in the West German Ministry of Finance, but he was dismissed in 1961 when it became known, through the publication of Gerald Reitlinger’s book Die Endlösung [The Final Solution], how important the Korherr Report was in the conception of the “final solution.”

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The Inspector for Statistics with the Reichsführer SS
[Stamp: Secret Reich Matter]

Statistical Report

I. Introduction
II. Balance Sheet for the Jews in Germany
III. Weakness of the Jewish Volk
IV. The Emigration of the Jews from Germany
V. The Evacuation of the Jews
VI. The Jews in the Ghettos
VII. The Jews in the Concentration Camps
VIII. Jews in Penal Institutions
IX. The Work Deployment of the Jews
X. Balance Sheet for the Jews in Europe

Statistical Report


Drawing up an account of the accomplishments made along the way toward the solution of the Jewish question requires a numerical recording of Jewry and its development. Contradictions in the numerical figures regarding Jewry, however, necessitate a preliminary remark to the effect that numbers concerning the Jews must always be taken with special caution and can often lead to erroneous conclusions if there is no information on their source or the manner in which they were derived. The sources of these errors are found above all in the nature of Jewry and its historical development, in its restless wanderings for thousands of years, in the large number of those who joined and left, in the endeavor to assimilate, in the intermingling with host peoples, in the efforts of the Jew to escape statistical counting undetected, and, finally, in erroneous or erroneously interpreted statistics on Jewry.

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