Origins of The Final Solution

4:00 pm, Saturday, June 5, 2010

Location: meet up in tearoom, move to Ryerson

Lecture by Keith Jamieson

Abstract:

Popular images of the genocide of Europe’s Jews inevitably consist of filthy barracks, cattle cars, and Zyklon-B. Yet major deportations to the first Nazi extermination camp, Chelmno, did not begin until the middle of 1942, when a quarter of those killed in the Shoah were already dead. In this talk, I will examine the role of mass killings in the destruction of European Jewry and explore how German policy transitioned from the exclusion of the Jews, to widespread shootings, to the gas chambers of Chelmno, Treblinka, and Auschwitz.

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