Reinhard Heydrich was one of Hitler's most ruthless Nazis and
second in importance only to Heinrich Himmler in the Nazi SS
organization and the principle planner of the Final Solution.
There was even talk of his one day succeeding Adolf Hitler.
January 20, 1942, at a villa owned by the SS on the shores of a suburban Berlin
lake called the Wannsee, mid-level bureaucrats from a number
of Nazi agencies assembled at the request of Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich and his boss, Heinrich
Himmler were in the process of assuming leadership in the Final
Solution of the Jewish Question, i.e., the murder of Europe's
Jews by the Nazis.
This meeting was a part of that process, as bureaucratic
coordination would be required for the massive efforts to be
undertaken throughout Europe to kill the 11,000,000 Jews
described in the documents. The Nazis ultimately succeeded in
killing between five and six million of Europe's Jews, with
hundreds of thousands already dead by the time of this
In September of 1941, the ever-ambitious Heydrich had achieved favored
status with Hitler and was thus appointed Deputy Reich Protector of
Bohemia and Moravia in former Czechoslovakia and set up headquarters in
In 1942 Heydrich was assassinated in Prague,
and so the Czechs saved their nation, but thousands of innocent Czech
lives had been lost in executions. Nazi Germany destroyed an innocent
Czech village - Lidice - to avenge the assassination of Reinhard