Leech The Economics of the holocaust (3)

The extent of nazi expropriation is staggering final

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The extent of Nazi expropriation is staggering. Final, hard numbers cannot, obviously be determined due to the scope and duration of the Nazi theft and exploitation of Jewish labor. One way to imagine the full extent of the Reich's theft and exploitation of the Jews is to examine the figures from one of the Reich's conquered territories, to establish -- at least -- a "ball-park" figure for the economic toll of Nazi theft. In the Netherlands, for example, during the war, the occupying Nazis conducted an organized policy to extract material goods and possessions from 5
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Leech over one-hundred thirty-thousand Jews. An example of the ransacking of Dutch Jews lies in the records of the Bosboom family, who died at Auschwitz in 1942. There is a h H ousehold inventory written by a WVHA agent that lists the families effects. The list breaks down the house into rooms, and then lists the “assets” in the room. For example, the Bosboom family kitchen contained: Floor cloth, Coconut Runner, Hanging Lamp, Gas Cooker, Enamel Kitchenware and a Wall Cupboard. (Holocaust Research Project) This is an example of how the Nazi expropriations worked on a small scale. Another example can be seen in the “Rosenberg Order” from the Holocaust Research Project: To: The Military Commander in Belgium and Northern France Head of Military AdministrationSection Enemy Propertyto the hands of War Administration Counsel Dr. v. HammersteinBrusselsRue de Louvain Dear War Administration Counsel! This Office requests your agreement to permit the confiscation of the library of the Jew Bernhard Rothschild, Brussels, 45 Rue de Suisse. Heil Hitler! Director of the Work-Group Belgium and Northern France It is surprising to see that the sequestering of Jewish people happened on such a personal, individual level. These expropriations were "generally based on decrees (Verordnungen) which had the force of statute law," (Feldman & Seibel, 2005, p. 168) but they also extended to minor thefts of everyday objects like bicycles or radios. One reasonable estimate to the total in wealth which was systematically robbed by the Nazis in the Netherlands is "at least NLG 1 billion in assets from the Dutch Jews" (Feldman & Seibel, 2005, p. 168). Comparable to this figure from the Netherlands is an estimate of the total amount of stolen wealth in Germany in just the year 1933: "Jewish assets in 1933 of RM 10-12 billion" (Beker, 2001, p. 55). These figures, obviously, do not include the value of forced conscription, nor do they account for the societal 6
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Leech "profit" demonstrated by Jewish workers and businessmen that were also lost due to Nazi anti- Semitism. Because of the enormity of scope and impact, the sheer numbers involved, and the geography covered, "Determining the exact value of Jewish wealth lost during the Nazi era is near impossible and impracticable" (Beker, 2001, p. 49). However, an incredibly informative amount of information regarding the Nazi implementation of the Holocaust exists despite the initial efforts and continued effort throughout the course of the war on behalf of the Nazis
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