Monday, October 26, 2020

First Paragraph

It was in March 1947, as they were collecting information for the Nuremberg trials, that staff of the American prosecutor made the discovery. Stamped "Geheime Reichssache" - "Secret Reich Matter" - and tucked away in a German Foreign Office folder were the minutes of a meeting. The meeting had involved fifteen top Nazi civil servants, SS officials, and party representatives and had taken place on January 20, 1942, in a grand Berlin villa on the shores of Lake Wannsee. The Americans had stumbled across the only surviving copy of the minutes, number sixteen out of an original thirty.

- From The Wannsee Conference and The Final Solution: A Reconsideration by Mark Roseman

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