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All men joining Operation Reinhard were required to swear that they understood they were forbidden to pass on any form of information, verbally or in writing, on any facet of the work they undertook. The written form, dated 18 July 1942, that the men were supposed to sign has survived and has been reprinted. (Arad, Documents, 275-275, as cited in Breitman) The form used the phrase "..evacuation of the Jews.." to describe the nature of their work. (Breitman, 237)

"The commanders of Operation Reinhard, Globocnik, Wirth, and the SS men subordinate to them, succeeded in creating an efficient yet simple system of mass extermination by using relatively scanty resources. In each of the death camps -- in Belzec, in Sobibor, and in Treblinka -- a limited number of 20 to 35 Germans were stationed for purpose of command and supervision, and about 90 to 130 Ukrainians were responsible for guard duties. All the physical work of the extermination process was imposed on 700 to 1,000 Jewish prisoners who were kept in each camp." (Arad, Epilog)

For an extensive examination of Reinhard staff, see pub/orgs/israeli/yad-vashem/yvs16.02.

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