'Hitler's blueprint' for a North American Holocaust exhibited for the first time

The 1944 book contains detailed information about the Jewish communities in cities across the United States and Canada


A book owned by Adolf Hitler detailing the Jewish populations of cities across North America has been put on display for the first time, in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

The book — entitled “Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada” — was a 137-page report commissioned by the Nazis in 1944 and part of Hitler’s personal library

It was purchased by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) last year and went on display for the first time this past weekend as part of the Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Its author, the Nazi linguist Heinz Kloss, compiled an in-depth guide to Jewish communities in the two countries, including sorting Jewish residents by language and country of origin.

The 1944 volume, which contains the bookplate used by Hitler in his personal collection, is believed to have been kept at the Berghof, his summer residence, before being taken by Allied soldiers who occupied the complex after Germany’s defeat.

Michael Kent, a curator at the LAC, told The Guardian that the book “demonstrates that the Holocaust wasn’t a European event — it was an event that didn’t have the opportunity to spread out of Europe.

“It reminds us that conflicts and human tragedies that seemed far away could find their way to North America.”

Rebecca Margolis, president of the Canadian Association for Canadian Jewish Studies, described how “this invaluable report offers a documented confirmation of the fears felt so acutely and expressed by so many Canadian Jews during the Second World War: that the Nazis would land on our shores and with them, the annihilation of Jewish life here.

“While these fears may seem unfounded given the geographic distance of Nazi Europe to Canada, this handbook offering detailed statistics of Jewish populations across North America underlines their nightmarish potential.”

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