The Madagaskar Plan by Guy SavilleGuy Savilles The Madagaskar Plan imagines a disturbing alternate history in which Nazi victory in World War II brings their Final Solution ever closer
The year is 1953. There is peace in Europe, but a victorious Germany consolidates power in Africa. The lynchpin to its final solution is Madagaskar. Hitler has ordered the resettlement of European Jews to the remote island.
British forces conspire to incite colony-wide revolt, resting their hopes on the expertise of Reuben Salois, an escaped leader of Jewish resistance.
Ex-mercenary Burton Cole scours the island for his wife and child. But as chaos descends and the Nazis brutally suppress the nascent insurrection, Cole must decide whether he is master of-or at the mercy of-history.
The Madagaskar Plan is alternate history of the highest order, a thriller of terrifying scope based on the Nazis actual plans prior to the Holocaust.
The desirable solution is: all Jews out of Europe. In the document that followed, he spelled out an audacious plan to banish millions of European Jews to the African island of Madagascar. Once resettled, they would languish under the rule of a Nazi SS police force. Franz Rademacher, architect of the Madagascar Plan, in The persecution ramped up after the beginning of World War II, when the Nazis began forcing Jews into camps and ghettos. Madagascar presented itself as a possible destination in May and June , when German forces began steamrolling their way across Western Europe.
Text of the Madagascar Proposal
Before the Nazis decided to murder European Jewry in gas chambers, they considered the Madagascar Plan - a plan to move four million Jews from Europe to the island of Madagascar. Like almost all Nazi ideas, someone else came up with the idea first. In and , Poland and Japan each investigated the possibility of using Madagascar for solving their over-population problems.
The Madagascar Plan was a proposal for Jewish settlement devised by the Nazi regime in the late 's. At that time, the Nazi regime considered mass emigration to be the "Final Solution" to the "Jewish problem. Temporarily shelved in the wake of the war, the project was taken up again after the fall of France in the summer of Eichmann prepared a detailed official report on the island of Madagascar and its "colonization" possibilities based on information gathered from the French Colonial Office. He added an evacuation plan calling for 4 million Jews to be shipped to Madagascar over a period of four years and also advocated the creation of a "police reserve" as a giant ghetto. The plan was to be financed by a special bank managing confiscated Jewish property and by contributions exacted from world Jewry. The plan leaked out and was published in Italy in July
Search below to view digital records and find material that you can access at our library and at the Shapell Center. The Madagascar Plan predated the Nazi period but was revived during the war. Under this plan, Europe's Jews were to be deported to the island of Madgascar, which belonged to the French. Hausner asks the accused what measures were taken towards promoting the plan Eichmann testifies that it would have developed once a peace treaty with France was signed but that the treaty never happened so the plan was shelved. This is duplicate footage also found on Tape
The Madagascar Plan was a proposal by the Nazi German government to forcibly relocate the Jewish population of Europe to the island of Madagascar. The proposal called for the handing over of control of Madagascar, then a French colony, to Germany as part of the French surrender terms. The idea of re-settling Polish Jews in Madagascar was investigated by the Polish government in ,   but the task force sent to evaluate the island's potential determined that only 5, to 7, families could be accommodated, or even as few as families by some estimates. Rademacher recommended on 3 June that Madagascar should be made available as a destination for the Jews of Europe. With Adolf Hitler 's approval, Adolf Eichmann released a memorandum on 15 August calling for the resettlement of a million Jews per year for four years, with the island being governed as a police state under the SS. They assumed that many Jews would succumb to its harsh conditions should the plan be implemented.