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Dr. Joachim Hoffmann (December 1, 1930, Königsberg, East Prussia – February 8, 2002, Freiburg) was a German historian. From 1960 to 1995 he worked at the Military History Research Institute of the Bundeswehr, finally as scientific director. He has published a large number of books, among the better known is Stalins Vernichtungskrieg 1941-1945 (Stalin's War of Extermination, 1995), in which he with the new Russian sources available following the fall of the Soviet Union argued that Stalin planned a war of extermination against Germany, and that the German attack on the Soviet Union was a preemptive war.
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