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"The destruction of European Jewry by the Third Reich, in the final
analysis, can be traced to two basic elements: the existence of
rampant anti-Semitism and the establishment of a totalitarian
political structure in 1933. Without a one-party political regime, it
would have been impossible to carry out the mass slaughter, financed
by tax money, of innocent people for reasons of race and religion. By
the same token, and this is of utmost importance, without the presence
of a latent but virulent anti-Semitism, the Nazi dictatorship could
hardly have proceeded against the Jews.

"The history of the 'Final Solution' has already been partially
recorded. Out of the detailed chronicles emerges the frightful human
and material toll of the Nazi blood bath. The systematized murder
perpetrated by the Third Reich exterminated twelve million men, women,
and children, of whom seven million were non-Jews, and five million
were Jews." (Balabkins, Nicholas. West German Reparations to Israel.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1971. p. 14)

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