In a book first copyrighted in 1941, just before the US declared war on
Germany, Theodore N. Kaufman, an American Jewish activist who headed his
own "Peace Organization" in the 1930s and who was a friend of
Roosevelt's speech writer, Sam Rosenman, delivered himself of the following:
". . . Not only must there be no more German wars in fact, there must
not even remain the slightest possibility of one ever again occurring. A
final halt to German aggression, not a temporary cessation, must be the goal
of the present struggle . . . (Germany) must be prepared to pay a Total
Penalty. And there is one, and only one, such Total Penalty: Germany
must perish forever! In fact - not in fancy."
The title of the Kaufman book, published by Argyle Press just before
Christmas 1941, was also its principal message: "Germany Must Perish."
Kaufman promoted this book by mailing pop-up coffins for the Germans to
the US media.
In a chapter called "Death to Germany", the Kaufman genocidal blueprint
for the Germans was described as follows:
"We must. . . allow to the state the right to make away with men who are
undoubtedly injurious to the common weal . . . The ultimate problems of
the moral life are to be solved in the domain of the practical, not of the
"The conscience of every earnest man demands that blood be atoned by blood,
and the common man must simply grow doubtful of the existence of justice
on earth, if this last and highest punishment is not inflicted.
"The state makes itself ridiculous and contemptible if it cannot finally
dispose of a criminal. There must be a limit for mercy and indulgence,
as for the law, a last limit at which the State says: 'This is the end;
humanity is no longer possible here.'
"It must be possible to inflict at last a punishment beyond which there
is nothing, and that is the punishment of death.
"There remains now but to determine the best way, the most practical and
expeditious manner in which the ultimate penalty must be levied upon the
"Quite naturally, massacre and wholesale execution must be ruled out.
In addition to being impractical when applied to a population of some
seventy million, such methods are inconsistent with the moral obligation and
ethical practices of civilization . . .
"Sterilization is not to be confused with castration. It is a safe and
simple operation, quite harmless and painless, neither mutilating nor
unsexing the patient. Its effects are most often less distressing than
vaccination and no more serious than a tooth extraction.
"Too, the operation is extremely rapid, requiring no more than ten minutes
to complete. The patient may resume his work immediately afterwards.
"Even in the case of the female the operation, though taking longer to
perform, is as safe and simple. Performed thousands of times, no
records indicate cases of complication or death.
"When one realizes that such health measures as vaccinations and serum
treatments are considered as direct benefits to the community, certainly
sterilization of the German people cannot but be considered a great health
measure promoted by humanity to immunize itself forever against the
virus of Germanism.
"The population of Germany. . . (is) almost equally divided between male
and female. To achieve the purpose of German extinction, it would be
necessary to sterilize some 48,000,000 - a figure which excludes,
because of their limited power to procreate, males over 60 years, and females
"Concerning the males subject to sterilization, the army groups, as
organized units, would be the easiest and quickest to deal with. Taking
20,000 surgeons as an arbitrary number and on the assumption that each will
perform a minimum of 25 operations daily, it would take no more than one
month, at the maximum, to complete their sterilization.
Naturally, the more doctors available, and many more than the 20,000 we
mention would be available considering all the nations to be drawn upon,
the less time would be required. The balance of the male civilian
population of Germany could be treated within three months.
"Inasmuch as sterilization of women needs somewhat more time, it may be
computed that the entire female population of Germany could be sterilized
within a period of three years or less. Complete sterilization of both
sexes, and not only one, is to be considered necessary in view of the
present German doctrine that so much as one drop of true German blood
constitutes a German.
"Of course, after complete sterilization, there will cease to be a birth
rate in Germany. . . execution of the plan would in no way disorganize
the present population nor would it cause any sudden mass upheavals and
dislocations. The consequent gradual disappearance of the Germans from
Europe will leave no more negative effect upon that continent than did
the gradual disappearance of the Indians upon this.
"Here again, a German attests to this point, Spengler's famous: 'A
nation or an individual may die and leave no gap.' "