Research book, owned by Hitler, shows Nazi's plans for N. America
The Library and Archives of Canada has obtained the Nazi-era book which shows plans of what could have been the 'Final Solution' in North America.
CANADA — A Nazi Germany research book believed to be owned by World War 2 dictator Adolf Hitler is said to detail his plans for North America.
The Library and Archives of Canada acquired the German-language book from a U.S. collector, CBC reports.
Translated to English, the book's title is "Statistics, Press, and Organization of Jewry in the United States and Canada."
Michael Kent, curator of the library, told CBC that information in the book "would have been the building blocks to rolling out the final solution in Canada."
It reportedly contains a detailed list of Jewish populations across cities in North America.
The book was written by a Nazi researcher named Heinz Kloss in 1944. Kloss lived in the U.S. for a while before World War II, CBC reports. He probably gathered his information through Nazi sympathizers and other researchers in North America, according to CBC.
Kent told CBC Canada that the book was likely stored in Hitler's alpine retreat in Germany.
Hitler collected between 6,000 to 16,000 books over his lifetime, according to the BBC.
Another major hint that the book was Hitler's property, is that it was labeled with the phrase "Ex Libris Adolf Hitler" inside. That indicates it likely came from Hitler's collection.
Kent said that the book was more than likely taken by the Allies as a souvenir when they occupied Germany.
In a news release, the Library and Archives of Canada stated : "This work hints at the story of what might have happened in Canada had the allies lost World War II."
They added: "It also demonstrates that the Holocaust was not a purely European event, but rather an operation that was stopped before it reached North America."
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