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The Men of the Wannsee Conference
Edited by Hans-Christian Jasch and Christoph Kreutzmüller
Translated from the German by Charlotte Kreutzmüller-Hughes and Jane Paulick
354 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index
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On 20 January 1942, fifteen senior German government officials attended a short meeting in Berlin to discuss the deportation and murder of the Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe. Despite lasting only a few hours, the Wannsee Conference is today understood as a signal episode in the history of the Holocaust, exemplifying the labor division and bureaucratization that made the “Final Solution” possible. Yet while the conference itself has been exhaustively researched, many of its attendees remain relatively obscure. Combining accessible prose with scholarly rigor, The Participants presents fascinating profiles of the all-too-human men who implemented some of the most inhuman acts in history.
Hans-Christian Jasch is the Executive Director of the Memorial and Educational Site of the Wannsee Conference. He has authored the definitive study, published in 2012, of Wilhelm Stuckart, state secretary in the Reich Interior Ministry, and the role of the civil service in Jewish policy.
Christoph Kreutzmüller is a curator at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Before joining the museum he coordinated two extensive research projects on the fate of Jewish-owned businesses in Berlin during the Third Reich and on Jews in Berlin from 1918 to 1938 at Humboldt University of Berlin. His acclaimed study Final Sale in Berlin: The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity 1930–1945 was published in 2015 by Berghahn Books.
Subject: Genocide Studies WWII History
List of Figures
Otto Dov Kulka
Introduction: The Participants: The Men of the Wannsee Conference
Hans-Christian Jasch and Christoph Kreutzmüller
Chapter 1. Biographical Approaches and the Wannsee Conference.
Chapter 2. Otto Adolf Eichmann, Reich Main Security Office: The RSHA’s “Jewish Expert”
Chapter 3. Reinhard Heydrich, Reich Main Security Office: The Nazi Terror Enforcer
Chapter 4. Otto Hofmann, SS Race and Settlement Main Office. A Pragmatic Enforcer of Racial Policy?
Chapter 5. Dr. Rudolf Lange, Reich Main Security Office: Academic, Ideological Warrior and Mass Murderer
Chapter 6. Heinrich Müller, Reich Main Security Office: The Archetypical Desktop Perpetrator
Chapter 7. Eberhard Schöngarth, Reich Main Security Office: A Practitioner of Mass Murder
Chapter 8. Josef Bühler, State Secretary for the General Government. A Behind-the-Scenes Perpetrator
Chapter 9. Roland Freisler, Reich Ministry of Justice: Hitler’s “Political Soldier”
Chapter 10. Gerhard Klopfer, Nazi Party Chancellery: A Nationalist Ideologue and a Respectable West German
Chapter 11. Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger, Reich-Chancellery: A Prussian Civil Servant under the Nazi Regime
Stefan Paul-Jacobs and Lore Kleiber
Chapter 12. Georg Leibbrandt, Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories: An Academic Radical
Stefan Paul-Jacobs and Lore Kleiber
Chapter 13. Undersecretary Martin Luther: Defender of Foreign Office Prerogatives
Christopher R. Browning
Chapter 14. Alfred Meyer, Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories: From German Monarchist to Nazi Desk Perpetrator
Chapter 15. Erich Neumann, Plenipotentiary for the Four Year Plan: A Colorless, Compliant Prussian
Chapter 16. Wilhelm Stuckart (1902–1953), Reich Interior Ministry: “A Legal Pedant”
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