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The House of the Wannsee Conference

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The House of the Wannsee Conference

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Basic Information

Location 52° 25′ 59″ N, 13° 9′ 56″ E
Phone number +49-(0)30-80 50 01-0
Country Germany
City Berlin
Address Am Großen Wannsee 56-58

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.ghwk.de/
Geographical Coordinates 52.4329,13.16531

Summary

In 1992 the Wannsee House became a Holocaust memorial. The Joseph Wulf Bibliothek/Mediothek on the second floor holds thousands of books on Nazism, anti-Semitism, and the Jewish genocide, along with many videos, microfilm texts and original Nazi era documents.

General

The Wannsee Conference was a meeting of senior officials of the Nazi German regime, held in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee on 20 January 1942. The purpose of the conference was to inform administrative leaders of departments responsible for various policies relating to Jews that Reinhard Heydrich had been appointed as the chief executor of the "Final solution to the Jewish question". In the course of the meeting, Heydrich presented a plan, presumably approved by Adolf Hitler, for the deportation of the Jewish population of Europe and French North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) to German-occupied areas in eastern Europe. Jews taht were seen as fit would be used for labor on road-building projects, in the course of which they would eventually die according to the text of the Wannsee Protocol. The surviving remnant would be annihilated after completion of the projects. Instead, as Soviet and Allied forces gradually pushed back the German lines, most of the Jews of German-occupied Europe were sent to extermination or concentration camps, or killed where they lived. As a result of the efforts of historian Joseph Wulf, the Wannsee House, where the conference was held, is now a Holocaust Memorial.

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