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When was the Final Solution decided upon and who decided itOne of the most interesting and widely debated aspects of the Holocaust is when was the Final Solution and who gave the command for the mass genocide The command may have come as direct order from Hitler for the extermination of the European Jewry However the question has been debated with some historians believing the order perhaps emerge independently from the bureaucracy and ideology of the military The final solution which has become the subject of intense debate has split historians into two broadly distinct camps the internationalist and functionalist However the majority of historians believe that the decision was made in early to mid 1941 and that it got into full gear in early 1942 with discussions held in relation to the final solution at the Wannsee Conference However recent documents regarding the personal diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in fact allude to a clear and unambiguous order from Hitler himself to kill the JewsIt is generally accepted that the decision was made to physically exterminate the Jews in early to mid 1941 Hitlers secretary remembers a private meeting between Himmler and Hitler in the early spring of 1941 after which Himmler sat at her desk with a very troubled look on his face put his head in his hands and said My God my God what I am expected to do She is convinced that that was the day Hitler ordered him to murder the Jews Other accounts suppose that the decision was made roughly around the time between March 1941 and the invasion of the Soviet Union Research in this area is hampered however by the fact that no written Hitler-Order launching of the Final Solution has ever been found and that if there ever was one it most likely was destroyedHistorians have generally thought that the Final Solution unfolded first with the Einsatzgruppen special task forces entering the
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