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Document: A Preparatory Document for the Wannsee “Conference”

01 Mar 1995-Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Oxford University Press)-Vol. 9, Iss: 1, pp 121-129
About: This article is published in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.The article was published on 1995-03-01. It has received 3 citations till now.
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TL;DR: The most remarkable thing about the meeting at Wannsee (which was not called the 'Wannsee Conference' until after the war) is that we do not know why it took place as discussed by the authors.
Abstract: “The most remarkable thing about the meeting at Wannsee (which was not called the ‘Wannsee Conference’ until after the war) is that we do not know why it took place.” So wrote the celebrated German historian Eberhard Jackel in 1992. Many historians share this view. They find themselves somewhat puzzled with respect to the meeting at Wannsee. On the one hand, the historical significance of the event is largely uncontested. The minutes prepared by Adolf Eichmann constitute a document of central importance. “No other document from the National Socialist regime,” writes Wolfgang Scheffler, “sets out so clearly the complete plan for the extermination of European Jewry.” On the other hand, this uniqueness is itself problematic. Since we still know too little about the central planning for the extermination of the Jews, the relative significance of the Wannsee meeting is difficult to gauge. Nevertheless, some recent regional studies of the executions of Jews have shed new light on the protracted and complicated decision-making processes that went on within the

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors attempt to interrelate the three principal genocides of this century in order to encourage emerging efforts to shift attention from case studies to comparative studies of genocide.
Abstract: This essay is an attempt to interrelate the three principal genocides of this century in order to encourage emerging efforts to shift attention from case studies to comparative studies of genocide

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