The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting: Wannsee and the Final Solution

October 30, 2020
The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting: Wannsee and the Final Solution

At a villa on the shore of the Wannsee, a lake in suburbanBerlin, on 20th January 1942 one of the most terrible meetings inhuman history convened. Chaired by Reinhard Heydrich and organisedand minuted by Adolf Eichmann, it brought together representativesof all the principal Nazi agencies in eastern Europe. Pooling theexpertise of those present, Heydrich created the plan that wouldlet Europe 'be combed through from west to east' for Jews and whichwould put the Final Solution on a rational and industrialfooting.