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The Final Solution


Country in depression, nation in despair
One man seeking reasons everywhere
Growing hate and anger, the Führers orders were precise
Who was to be blamed and pay the price

Wicked propaganda turning neighbours into foes
Soldiers of the Third Reich searching homes
And then their former friends are watching as they are round up one by one
Times of persecution has just begun

Ever since it started on Kristallnacht ’38
When liberty died and truth was denied
Sent away on trains, sent on a one way trip to hell
Enter the gates, Auschwitz awaits

When freedom burns, the final solution
Dreams fade away and all hope turns to dust
When millions burn, the curtain has fallen
Lost to the world as they perish in flames

There was a country in depression, there was a nation in despair
One man finding reasons everywhere
Then there was rising hate and anger, the Führers order still apply
Who was to be blamed and sent to die

Lyrics:Brodén / Sundström
Historic Fact
The Holocaust was a genocide in which Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed about six million Jews, including 1.5 million children and about two-thirds of the nine million Jews who lived in Europe at that time. The persecution and genocides were carried out in stages, culminating in what Nazis termed the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”. The German government established a network of concentration camps in 1933, then passed laws to exclude Jews from civil society in 1935, ghettos following the outbreak of WW2 in 1939. In 1941, as Germany conquered new territories in eastern Europe, specialized units called Einsatzgruppen murdered about two million Jews, partisans and others often in mass shootings. By the end of 1942, victims were being regularly transported by freight trains to extermination camps where most were systematically killed in gas chambers. This continued until the end of the war in Europe, in 1945. Other victims of Nazi crimes included ethnic Poles, soviet citizens and POW, Slavs, Romanis, communists, homosexuals, Freemasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the mentally and physically disabled. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)