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  Operation Reinhard German camp workers were not told of the program
goals and their precise duties until they reached the centers.  Upon
their arrival the SS officers oriented them by comparing center goals
with the euthanasia program, which was very familiar to the workers.
Then the SS swore them to absolute secrecy.  Each worker signed a pledge
that contained the following commitments:

     1. I have been instructed that under no circumstances will I
        discuss with anyone outside of OR co-workers anything dealing
        with the operation.
     2. I understand the top secrecy of "any of the occurences of
        the so-called Jewish Relocation"
     3. I may not take any pictures.
     4. "I promise to keep my word to the best of my ability."
     5. I understand that after completion of my service, this oath
        of secrecy will still apply.[38]

[38] Ruckerl, Adalbert, hrsq.; NS-Prozesse. Karlsruhe: Verlag C. F. 
     Muller, 1972, 120-126; oath 125-6.

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