September 1941 Hitler ordered the beginning of mass deportations from
Germany to ghettos in Eastern Europe. During autumn 1941 and the
following winter, when preparation for the Final
Solution in Europe were in full swing, Hitler spoke at various
occasions openly about the annihilation of the Jews in Europe.
From a number of letters and speeches of SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler
it becomes clear, that he referred to the Holocaust as a task which he
had to carry out on the behalf of the highest authority in the Third
Reich - Adolf Hitler.
In 1941, Himmler summoned Rudolf Hoess, SS Kommandant of the largest
killing center ever created, the death camp Auschwitz. He told him that
"the Fuhrer had given the order for a Final Solution of the Jewish
Question" and that "we, the SS, must carry out that order."