GOERING ORDERS HEYDRICH TO PREPARE A PLAN FOR THE "FINAL SOLUTION OF THE JEWISH PROBLEM," JULY 31, 1941
To the Chief of the Security Police and the SD, SS Gruppenfuehrer Heydrich Berlin
In completion of the task which was entrusted to you in the Edict dated January 24, 1939, of solving the Jewish question by means of emigration or evacuation in the most convenient way possible, given the present conditions, I herewith charge you with making all necessary preparations with regard to organizational, practical and financial aspects for an overall solution (Gesamtloesung) of the Jewish question in the German sphere of influence in Europe.
Insofar as the competencies of other central organizations are affected, these are to be involved. I further charge you with submitting to me promptly an overall plan of the preliminary organizational, practical and financial measures for the execution of the intended final solution (Endloesung) of the Jewish question.