Final Solution

Final Solution

noun
the Nazi program of annihilating the Jews of Europe during the Third Reich.

Origin:
1945–50; translation of German endgültige Lösung

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final solution
1947, translation of Ger. Endlösungihame, name given to Nazi Jewish policy from 1941.
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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.

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