The Forgotten Nazi Holocaust Plan Before They Decided On the Holocaust | Summary and Q&A

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The Forgotten Nazi Holocaust Plan Before They Decided On the Holocaust

TL;DR

The Nazis considered deporting Europe's Jews to Madagascar as a solution to the "Jewish Problem," which eventually led to the adoption of the Final Solution.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Who initially suggested the idea of deporting Jews to Africa?

German orientalist scholar Paul Deard proposed deporting Jews to Africa in his 1878 work, German Writings.

Q: Why did the British propose a Jewish homeland in Uganda?

The British proposed a Jewish homeland in Uganda to address the rising number of anti-Semitic incidents in Eastern Europe and boost the local economy.

Q: Why did the plan to deport Jews to Madagascar face opposition?

The plan faced opposition from both Zionists who viewed it as a distraction from establishing a homeland in Palestine and white settlers in British East Africa who protested mass Jewish immigration.

Q: Why was the Madagascar plan ultimately abandoned?

The plan was abandoned due to logistical challenges, such as the climate and poor infrastructure on the island, as well as the Allies' control over Madagascar after the Allied invasion in 1942.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The idea of deporting Jews to Africa, particularly Madagascar, was not new and had been suggested by various groups before the Nazis.

  • The British proposed a Jewish homeland in Uganda in the early 1900s but faced opposition from both Zionists and local settlers.

  • The idea of deporting Jews to Madagascar gained traction in the late 1930s and early 1940s but was abandoned due to logistical challenges and the Allies' control over the island.

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