High Ranking SS Leaders Decide How to Start to Dispose of Polish Jews

High Ranking SS Leaders Decide How to Start to Dispose of Polish Jews

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At a meeting of high-ranking SS leaders, the decision is made to separate the Jews deported from annexed areas of Poland to occupied Poland into those capable of physical labor and those not. The latter group will be confined to ghettos while the former will be pressed into hard labor.

It is accepted that this will lead to the deaths of tens of thousands by starvation, exhaustion, exposure, and other causes.

This is not yet the "Final Solution" of the Holocaust, the organized and deliberate attempt to exterminate the Jews, but it does represent a turning point in that the idea of eliminating the Jews moves from an abstract idea that might include deportation into a concrete plan that incorporates murder.

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