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The Incubation Period

of organizing the emigration of Jews from the Third Reich. The report concluded that
"One has the right to hope that the problem of emigration, which has become a question of life or death for the German Jews, can he resolved. We hope that the Conference of Evian will achieve its worthy goal at a moment when a fourth of the Jewish population of Germany cannot assure its means of existence and is dependent on public charity, when thousands expect lasting unemployment, when tens of thousands of young people wanting to work have lost their jobs..." (7)
It is thus that the Nazi authorities from 1933 to 1938 prepared the ground for Hitler to launch his solution to the Jewish question, at the time that the Third Reich was taking its first steps towards the creation of Great Germany. This solution could consist in nothing other than the total elimination of the Jews from the German vital espace [sic]. The decisive step was to be taken in winter 1938 by the dispossession of the Jews: economic Aryanisation. Goering, as Chairman of the Four Year Plan, presided over the spoliation.

Towards the end of 1938, the deterioration of the quality of Jewish life was such that the Minister of the Economy announced on December 20, 1938, a decree (CXLV-550) especially conceived to combat unemployment among the Jews. It instituted their obligatory hiring for manual work.

From January 1939 on, the situation was ripe for direct action in the sense of Hitler's solution to the Jewish question, in the sense of the liquidation of their presence from the Reich. It is at that time that Goering was to be given the reponsibility [sic] for turning the Jewish question over to the Gestapo. The first form of the solution was forced emigration, already applied in Austria since spring 1938. It was convulsively inaugurated in the Reich in November 1938 by a brutal operation of internment rapidly organized with the promise of liberation to those who demonstrated their willingness to emigrate.

2. Jewish Emigration during the Incubation Period of the "Final Solution"

The Nazi authorities as of 1933 were interested in the development of the emigration of the Jews. They envisaged Palestine as the principal destination, and it was therefore Zionist emigration which was favourized [sic]. The principle was to keep the greater part of the emigrant's possessions: a fraction of them was destined to finance the emigration of Jews who were poor and the rest, while respecting the interests of the Reich's policy on foreign currencies, was destined to assure the Jews the means of settlement required of the immigrants by the countries receiving them. In August 1933, the Ministry of the Economy of the Reich concluded an agreement named Hahvara (which in Hebrew means "transfer") with Zionist organizations. According to this agreement,

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