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Final Solution

the Nazi program of annihilating the Jews of Europe during the Third Reich.
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1945-50; translation of German endgültige Lösung Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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1947, translation of German Endlösung, name given to Nazi Jewish policy from 1941.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A term applied by Nazis to the genocide of European Jews during World War II. Before instituting the Final Solution, the Nazi government had abolished the Jews' rights, destroyed and confiscated their property, and confined Jews in concentration camps.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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