The Participants at the Conference

The rank of the participants and the institutions that they represented can be seen on the chart located in the historical conference room. This shows that a document produced after the Wannsee Conference, which referred to a “meeting of State Secretaries”, correctly defined the nature of the conference. The State Secretaries implemented what had already been decided at a higher political level. It would therefore be incorrect to say that the murder of European Jews was decided at the Wannsee Conference. Nonetheless, the conference is of major historical significance as it provided the coordination necessary to extend the genocide to almost the whole of Europe.

The conference represents the involvement of the entire German state administration in the genocide, which was implemented by a range of authorities. The 15 participants at the conference were among the elite of the National Socialist regime. Their biographies show that many had completed an academic education and had brilliant careers. Eight held doctorates. Most were from “good middleclass” homes. Some were staunch National Socialists but others had joined the party for opportunistic reasons.

Vitas of the participants

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Dr. Josef Bühler

(1904 - 1948)
State Secretary
Government of the Governor General in Cracow
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Adolf Eichmann

(1906 - 1962)
Director of Section IV B 4
Reich Security Main Office (RSHA)
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Dr Roland Freisler

(1893 - 1945)
Director of Section IV B 4
Reich Security Main Office (RSHA)
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Reinhard Heydrich

(1904 - 1942)
Head of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA)
Head of the Security Police and the SD
Acting Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia
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Otto Hofmann

Head of the Race and Settlement Main Office (RuSHA)
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Dr Gerhard Klopfer

(1905 - 1987)
Permanent Secretary
Party Chancellery of the NSDAP
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Wilhelm Kritzinger

(1890 - 1947)
Permanent Secretary
Reich Chancellery
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Dr Rudolf Lange

(1910 - 1945)
Commander of the Security Police and the SD (KdS)
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Dr Georg Leibbrandt

(1899 - 1982)
Permanent Secretary
Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories
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Martin Luther

(1895 - 1945)
Under-Secretary of State
Foreign Office
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Dr Alfred Meyer

(1891 - 1945)
State Secretary
Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories
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Heinrich Müller

(1900 - 1945 verschollen)
Head of Department IV Gestapo
Reich Security Main Office
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Erich Neumann

(1892 - 1951)
State Secretary
Office of the Plenipotentiary for the Fourth Year Plan
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Dr Eberhard Schöngarth

(1903 - 1946)
Commander in Chief of the Security Police and the SD (BdS)
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Dr Wilhelm Stuckart

(1902 - 1953)
State Secretary
Reich Ministry of the Interior
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