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Extermination of All Europe’s Jews Decided at Berlin Parley of Top Nazis in 1940

The extermination of all the Jews in Europe was decided upon at a conference in Berlin, in 1940, attended by Adolf Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis, according to the testimony of Dr. Hans Mayer, former commander of the ghetto in the Polish town of Pabianice, where 8,000 Jews were confined.

Mayer, who is now in the hands of American military authorities, told correspondents that the conference was attended by Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Reinhard Heydrich and other Nazi leaders, the London press reports today. They drew up a plan under which all those unfit to work would be gassed, while others would be used for forced labor until they were too weak to continue, when they, too, would be murdered, Mayer said.