A rare booklet containing a Nazi study of North American Jewry and possibly intended to facilitate their annihilation in the event of a Nazi victory over the United States and Canada has been acquired by the Canadian National Archives, local media outlets reported.
The book was written by German linguist Heinz Kloss, a Nazi researcher who traveled to the United States in 1936. Using a network of American Nazi supporters, he compiled information on the Jewish communities in North America into a report published in 1944.
The report, entitled “Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada” remained largely unknown until it was sold to the Canadian National Archives for $4,500. The Archives made the purchase public earlier this week, only days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Scholars at the Archives believe the report was intended to play a “significant role” in bringing the Holocaust to North America following a Nazi victory. The contents were reportedly “extremely shocking” because of their detail and thoroughness, containing information even on small rural Jewish communities.
“This information would have been the building blocks to rolling out the Final Solution in Canada, allowing perpetrators of the Holocaust to know what cities to go to to find Jewish people and how many Jews to round up,” said Michael Kent, a curator at Library and Archives Canada.