CHAPTER: A FATE THAT BEGGARS DESCRIPTION
ON THE following day he [Goebbels] took note of an extensive report by Heydrich's office, probably on the Wannsee conference. There were still eleven million Jews in Europe, he dictated, summarizing the document. 'For the time being they are to be concentrated in the east [until] later; possibly an island like Madagascar can be assigned to them after the war.' It all raised a host of 'delicate questions,' like what to do with half-Jews and people like the late Gottschalk, Aryans married to Jews. 'Undoubtedly there will be a multitude of personal tragedies,' he wrote airily, 'But this is unavoidable. The situation now is ripe for a final settlement of the Jewish question.' The covering letter from Heydrich invited Goebbels to a second conference, at his headquarters in Kurfürsten Strasse on March 6. Goebbels sent two of his senior staff, Oberregierungsrat Pay Carstensen of the propaganda division, and Dr Schmidt-Burgk, of its eastern territories sub-section. The conference was raw with untutored remarks. Eichmann talked crudely of 'forwarding' the Jews, like so many head of cattle; and when one civil servant objected that they could hardly proceed against law-abiding Jewish citizens, Eichmann's rough-tongued adjutant S.S. Sturmbannführer Günther remarked cynically, 'That's up to our judgement as policemen.' The ministry of justice handled the report like a hot potato. The Reich Chancellery referred it all to Hitler. Hitler told Hans Lammers categorically that he wanted the solution of the Jewish problem postponed until after the war was over - a ruling that remarkably few historians now seem disposed to quote.
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Martin's Press and
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Publication of this book in the United States by St Martin's Press and Doubleday Inc in April 1996 was halted after a campaign by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, who vilified the book (without having seen it) as "neo nazi" and "antisemitic".