In 1933, Göring created the secret state police, the Gestapo,
that would later by taken over by Himmler and terrorize the continent
Following Kristallnacht in Nov. 1938, Göring fined the Jews
one billion marks for damages which the Nazis themselves had inflicted.
He also warned of a "final reckoning with the Jews"
if Germany should get involved in war, a sentiment also repeatedly
expressed by Hitler.
Following the start of the war and early Nazi military successes,
Göring ordered SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in July of 1941
to begin preparations for a "general solution of the Jewish
question" in conquered territories. This led to the Wannsee
Conference in Jan. 1942 in which Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann of
the Gestapo attempted to coordinate the extermination of the 11
million Jews of Europe and the Soviet Union.
Assuming the Nazis would defeat the Soviets, Göring was involved
in post-war plans for the Soviet Union which included massive
reduction of Slavic populations through famine deliberately inflicted
by the Nazis. This would occur as food supplies were diverted
into the Reich and would likely result in the deaths of "many
tens of millions of people." Those areas in which the populations
had been decimated would then be resettled by ethnic Germans,
in accordance with Hitler's policy of increasing Lebensraum, or
living space, for Germans at the expense of other nations.