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The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
© 1978, The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation
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2. Public Announcements of the "Final Solution" by the Führer and Chancellor of the Reich

January 30, 1939 was the last anniversary in peace-time of Hitler's rise to power. In his speech before the Reichstag on domestic and foreign policy, Hitler pronounced his famous "prophecy": (78)
"Today I want to be a prophet once again: if financial international Judaism in Europe and beyond Europe were to succeed once again in pushing the peoples into a world war, then the result of it would not be the Bolshevization of the earth, thus the victory of Judaism, but the destruction (Vernichtung) of the Jewish race in Europe."
What was the meaning of this shattering declaration? As of the end of 1938, the Jewish population of the Reich had been driven to the alternative of misery or emigration, but there had been no question at all of extermination.

The term "Vernichtung" (annihilation, destruction) marked the absolutely negative will concerning the Jewish presence in the Reich. Since it was absolute, this will announced itself as ready if necessary for all extremities. The term in question did not mean that the stage of extermination had already been reached, nor even the deliberate intention to do so.

A few days before the speech quoted, Hitler received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He reproached his guest with the lack of energy of the government of Prague in its efforts at entente with the Reich and recommended, in particular, an energetic action against the Jews. He declared, to show an example: "In our country, we destroy them (bei uns werden sie vernichtet)." One might conclude that Hitler in the course of a diplomatic conversation recorded in the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (79) confided the fact of a massacre in the Third Reich, which, in addition, was not true at the time.

Two years later, January 30, 1941, Hitler recalled his "prophecy" of 1939. But this time he specified its meaning as follows: (80)
"and I do not want to forget the indication that I have already given once before the Reichstag, that is that if the rest of the world (andere Welt) is cast into a war, Judaism will completely end its role in Europe..."
In his conversation with the Czechoslovak minister, Hitler evoked England and the United States as being able, according to him, to offer regions for the installation of Jews. In January 1941, he indicated that the role of the Jews in Europe was to be completely ended; and he added that this prospect would be realized, for the other peoples would understand the necessity of it in their own countries. At that time, there was a belief in the creation of a Jewish reserve. But for Hitler it was admissible only outside of Europe.

We have just pointed out that on January 30, 1941, Hitler simply announced the termination of the role of the Jews in Europe. Two years earlier, the word "Vernichtung" had been pronounced. At that time, the Nazi authorities proclaimed that the problem of the Jewish

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