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way were clear and pushed aside all that recalled human misery. I followed in his tracks... Eichmann also took me into the office of the community of the synagogue, in the Leopoldstrasse, where he had previously spoken of me as reporting on racial questions to the Ministry of the Interior. Upon my arrival there, I saw a certain number of Jews seated on chairs on which they had obviously already been waiting for hours. When we arrived, they immediately stood up; they were persons in charge of various questions in the community of the synagogues of Vienna. In a curt manner, Eichmann called them by their names, indicated to me just as briefly the subjects of their reports, and they at once, like trained animals, delivered what they had to say. On each face, one could read the expression of a mortal fear which was well founded..."
Neither the letters exchanged by Hagen ("Dear Herbert") and Eichmann ("Dear Adolf") nor their relations as chief and subordinate reveal the slightest disagreement concerning their way of acting. One may suppose that Eichmann's comportment was virtually approved by Hagen.

11. The Passage to the "Final Solution" in the Reich (1938-1939)

The final solution had been launched in Austria as of spring 1938. Goering, in charge of the Jewish question, declared at a meeting of the Four Year Plan (PS-1301) on October 14, 1938, that it was time to exclude Jews from the economy. He meant by the same occasion that the incubation period of the Jewish question was over. The action precipitated in Austria was like an anticipation of what was to be done everywhere in the Reich. But Goering at this meeting severely criticized the manner in which confiscations had been effected in Austria. The Gauleiter in charge of the operation considered that it should profit Austrian members of the Party who had suffered before the annexation to the Reich. Because of this, Aryanization had taken place in scandalous disorder and with abuses. Goering underscored that in the entire territory of the Reich, the dispossession of the Jews was to be strictly the affair of the State and not of the Party.

In April and in June 1938, the economic Aryanization in the Reich was already noticeable in decrees ordering the Jews to register their businesses and their fortunes. But on December 3, 1938, a decree proclaimed the Aryanization of possessions. This decisive step in the launching of the solution to the Jewish question was taken during the storm raised by the attack committed by the Polish Jew Grynzspan at the German Embassy in Paris. He killed, apparently by chance, the German diplomat Von [sic] Rath in a protest against the brutal expulsion of Polish Jews from German territory. Goebbels seemingly encouraged by Hitler, incited troops of the SA and the Party to proceed with progroms [sic] in the night of November 9-10. This measure was severely disapproved by nearly all of the ranking Nazi dignitaries. The burning down of synagogues and the wrecking of stores were accompanied by looting.
     
   

 
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