The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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"If the German Reich were to find itself involved in the foreseeable future in an external conflict, it goes without saying that we, too, would think in Germany in the first place to settle our account with the Jews. Aside from that, the Führer will finally undertake – beginning with the powers that have put the Jewish problem on the agenda – a foreign policy action to thus effectively attain the solution of the problem of Madagascar. That is what he exposed to me on November 9..." (57)
Thus, on November 9, the news of the death of Von [sic] Rath having reached the Chancellery, Hitler evoked as an immediate objective the project of the Jewish reserve in Madagascar and, as a possibility in the future, a "settlement of accounts" with the Jews in case of war. In what concerns Madagascar, we know that in March 1939 Hagen had reminded Eichmann of the necessity of a report on this subject to Heydrich.

But what marks with an indelible stamp Goering's personal style of treating the Jews at this time when he was in charge of the Jewish question, is his exclamation to the famous conference of November 12, in respect to the enormity of the sum that the insurance companies would have to spend to cover damages caused by the progroms [sic]:
"I should have preferred that you slaughter two hundred Jews rather than annihilate such worth.
" The feverish activity of expropriation, first in Austria and afterwards in the totality of the Reich, was not in the competence of the II-112. The economic administration of the country, at the head of which was the Four-Year Plan, took care of it. The section of Eichmann in Austria and, since spring 1939, also in the Protectorate, took care of economic questions only in relation to the Jewish emigration.

The expropriation of the Austrian, German and Czech Jews was a wide-sweeping action. It was also the preliminary action necessary to the solution of the Jewish question. But the solution itself, or the liquidation of the Jewish presence from the German vital space, was represented at this time by emigration. And it was prepared by the SD, by its studies and by the influence it held on Jewish organizations. It was the SD which trained Eichmann, still acting in Vienna as editor for the II-112, although placed at the disposal of the Sipo-SD of Vienna. It was Hagen in Berlin who could consider himself at the head of the action which Eichmann had just launched in Vienna.

Honouring a promise made to Heydrich at the meeting of November 12, 1938, Goering ordered the creation of the "Reichzentralstelle für jüdische Auswanderung (The Central Office of the Reich for Jewish Emigration)." He added in his decree of January 24, 1939, on this subject (NG-2586A) that he subordinated this office to Heydrich as Chief of the Sipo, that is of the Gestapo and the Criminal Police. By the same occasion, the SD was in a way removed from the action. Eichmann's precedent showed the path to be followed: the men trained by the SD were put at the disposal of the Gestapo. Goering's decree contained an important clause which clearly stemmed from the doctrine of the SD cultivated by Hagen, Dannecker and Eichmann:
     
   

 
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