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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Two questions for historians specialising in the Third Reich

  1. Was the Madgascar Plan evidence that the Nazis intended to expel rather than exterminate German Jews?
  2. But for the war, German Jews would have been dumped in Madagascar minus their property, for it was the plan of the Nazis to expel Jews from Germany. Discuss the view that Jews ended up suffering more and dying in greater numbers as a result of Britain declaring war on Germany than they would have done if the Nazis had been allowed to get on with deporting Jews to Madgascar as per the Madgascar Plan, conceived in 1938.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_Plan 

5 comments:

abraxas said...

Of course it was not just the Jews who ended up suffering and dying as a result of Britain declaring war on Germany.

However, surely there would have been a war, a war between the Nazi Reich and the Soviet Union? The Soviet Union sought to move the Jews eastwards so maybe if the Nazis won they would have done the same?

Claire Khaw said...

It would have been in the interests of Britain to let the Nazis and the Commies fight and kill each other.

get yer noggin round this said...

It would have been in the interests of Britain to let the Nazis and the Commies fight and kill each other.

And then one side or the other would have won. Who - in Britain's interest - should have won?

Anonymous said...

Nazis were killing Jews randomly and stealing their property long before the Madagascar plan could have been put into action. The Evian Conference showed that the Nazis would have to defeat France in war before the French would allow anyone to foist a foreign population on them in any of their colonies. This is just a nonsense Claire is obsessed with - the intention was always to destroy the Jewish population of Europe. If there were any moral aim or any real desire not to murder millions then there would be plenty of correspondence about it - the Nazis kept everything and we captured it all in an Austrian salt mine in 1945 - but there is no evidence to the contrary and plenty of evidence to suggest they would have killed all their Jews anyway.

Claire Khaw said...

Killing Jews randomly is not the same as having a policy of systematic extermination.

The Madgascar Plan showed an *intention* to expel rather tnan exterminate.