“That load of Jews is finally dead.” Extermination of Jews as presented in 1942 letters of German soldiers Cover Image
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“That load of Jews is finally dead.” Extermination of Jews as presented in 1942 letters of German soldiers
“That load of Jews is finally dead.” Extermination of Jews as presented in 1942 letters of German soldiers

Author(s): Marcin Zaremba
Subject(s): History of the Holocaust, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów & IFiS PAN
Keywords: Wehrmacht; soldiers’ letters about the Holocaust; Poland and the eastern front line; AK intelligence

Summary/Abstract: The Home Army intelligence intercepted letters written by German officers and clerks to their families as well as those sent from Germany to friends and relatives on the front line. On the basis of that correspondence the Polish underground drafted special intelligence reports, which were sent to London. The selection of letters devoted to the Holocaust presented in this article can make it easier to describe and understand the stances and opinions of “ordinary Germans” regarding the “final solution.”

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 472-486
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English