The Architects of the Holocaust

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When people think of the Holocaust they mostly think of Hitler as the grand orchestrator. In fact Hitler was often not involved in the decision making. “His hands (Hitler’s) appear only rarely in the actual decision making of Jewish policy between 1933 and 1938. In part the vagaries and inconsistencies of Jewish policy in the first five years of the Nazi rule stem from his failure to offer guidance.” Hitler relied on his top officials to make the policy and decisions for “a solution to the Jewish question.” These top officials, excluding Hitler himself, are the ones that made the Holocaust possible, these individuals include: Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, and Reinhard Heydrich.

Hermann Goering was the man at Hitler’s right side; he was there from the beginning. In Hitler’s first cabinet meeting there were only two individuals from the Nazi party that made it into the cabinet, Goering was one of them. Goering was an instrumental part of the Holocaust. His hand in the Jewish policy making was enormous, he often would disagree with Hitler and sway his opinion. “Goering, in numerous private conferences with the Fuehrer, was often successful in swaying the opinion of a vacillating Hitler.” Goering’s goal was to eliminate Jews from the German economy and to facilitate their emigration out of Germany and the other countries that Germany now had control over. Goering was convinced the Aryanizing of all Jewish money, property, and business was key to Jewish elimination out of the economy. Goering often had disputes with Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister. After the attempted assassination of a German official in Vienna, Goebbels orchestrated the “Kristallnacht” (the night of crystal). This event was to “punish” the Jewish community for the attempted assassination by destruction of Jewish property, this night alone was several hundred million marks, 24 million of those were from the broken glass alone. Goering saw this event for what it was, an assault on...
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