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Himmler’s plans for a “human zoo”

The excellent historical twitter feed WW2 Tweets from 1943 focuses on the Nazis’ plans for Germany’s Roma and Sinti populations.

Whether there was any place for a remnant of Jews in Himmler’s “ethnic reservation” I have no idea. I’m inclined to believe there wasn’t– even a few hundred would have been too many for him and Hitler.

Considering his telegram to the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini (who was living in Germany) on November 2, 1943, he was quite prepared to help exterminate Jews wherever they were. And if you find something chillingly contemporary in Himmler’s message, you’re not the only one.

To the Grand Mufti: The National Socialist movement of Greater Germany has, since its inception, inscribed upon its flag the fight against the world Jewry. It has therefore followed with particular sympathy the struggle of freedom-loving Arabs, especially in Palestine, against Jewish interlopers. In the recognition of this enemy and of the common struggle against it lies the firm foundation of the natural alliance that exists between the National Socialist Greater Germany and the freedom-loving Muslims of the whole world. In this spirit I am sending you on the anniversary of the infamous Balfour declaration my hearty greetings and wishes for the successful pursuit of your struggle until the final victory. – Reichsfuehrer S.S. Heinrich Himmler