The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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On November 10, 1938, Heydrich gave orders (PS-3501) to the Sipo-SD to not prevent the pogroms as long as the directives against exactions were respected by the crowd. On the other hand, he ordered the arrest of the greatest possible number of Jews and their internment in concentration camps. In the report to Goering (PS-3058) dated November 11, Heydrich gave him very incomplete information on the enormous amount of destruction and looting and on the arrest of Jews to be interned. The next day Goering, on Hitler's orders, met with the most important leaders of nearly all branches of the Government (PS-1816) to decide upon preparatory measures for the solution of the Jewish question. He began as follows, speaking as the man responsible for the Four-Year Plan (note that the essential work in the preparation of the "final solution" was economic: the dispossession of the Jews, called economic Aryanization):
"Gentlemen, today's session is of prime importance. I have received a letter from Bormann, Chief of Staff of the Representative of the Führer, in which he writes to me on behalf of the Führer that the Jewish question must now be considered as a whole in order to be brought in one way or another to its solution. Yesterday the Führer once again reminded me by telephone to take all of the decisive measures in a centralized manner. Given that the problem is principally a vast economic problem, that is where one must apply the pressure..." (57)
For hours Goering and the participants at this conference made an effort to uncover and define the necessary measures to assure that in the space of a few weeks, the Jews of the Reich would be separated from their possessions. Their fortune was to be blocked by the State which was to grant them a pension of 3 1/2 % of this fortune; their businesses were to be sold or officially liquidated.

Heydrich intervened nearly at the end of the conference to give another turn to the deliberations and one which went to the heart of the question:
"Whatever may be the elimination of the Jews from economic activity, the fundamental problem finally still remains that of the departure of the Jew from Germany." (57)
He set forth the manner in which the Sipo-SD proceeded in Austria by creating and using the Zentralstelle. He pointed out that in the same period of time, only 19,000 Jews had left the Old Reich, but 50,000 had left Austria. He explained that the Jewish emigration would not cost the Reich any foreign exchange and asked that Goering create an office for the totality of the Reich similar to that of the Zentralstelle in Vienna. Goering accepted this request. Heydrich sketched out the future: the emigration of all the Jewish population was to take eight to ten years during which a total segregation of the Jews was to be applied. Finally, Goering evoked an even more shady aspect of the question:
    
   

 
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