The Wannsee Conference: The Final Solution To The Holocaust

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On July 31, 1941, Hermann Goring sent orders to Reinhard Heydrich to prepare a plan in regards to the remaining Jews in territories under German control (Goda 216). Following orders from his superior, Heydrich hosted a meeting known as the Wannsee Conference. The Wannsee Conference took place on January 20, 1942 in Wannsee, Berlin (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). The Wannsee Conference had initially been scheduled to take place on December 9, 1941. However due to Japanese’s attacked on Pearl Harbor on December 7, The United States of America declared war on Japan. With Japan being Germany's ally, the Germans declared war on The United States of America on December 11, 1941 (Goda 216). The Wannsee Conference was held in order to guarantee the collaboration of governmental leaders of various government departments in the execution of the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”. According to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the "final solution" was a code name the Nazis used for the planned destruction of all European Jews. The Nazis used the term "final solution" to hide their policy of mass murder from the rest of the …show more content…
Although the Wannsee Conference did not begin the Holocaust, it is arguable that if the Wannsee Conference did not occur many Jews could have lived through the Holocaust. Through the emergence of new and effective strategies it was made easier to deport Jewish people to extermination camps and kill them immediately. If the Wannsee Conference was not held the formation of Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka would most likely not have occurred. These new and effective strategies, also aided the Nazis in their pursuit to accomplish total domination of Europe. In addition, The Wannsee Conference gave support to what will go down in history as one of the most impactful genocide, the