Committed to a world without Jews

Alon Confino’s new book posits that the Final Solution was at once a radical rupture and essential continuity in German society, all toward the goal of national redemption and a new civilization.

Alon Confino
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The Jews must get out of Germany, indeed out of Europe altogether,” Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary in 1937. “This will take some time yet, but it will and must happen.”

A year later, on November 9, 1938, Germans arrested Jews, beat them, set synagogues on fire, and burned copies of the Hebrew Bible in hundreds of communities, large and small, throughout the country.

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