War Diary No. 1, daily report from Military Commander in the Generalgouvernement (Nazi-occupied Poland). Cover page of the diary is in ostrow1.jpg. Report from October 24, 1942 (see ostrow2.jpg), contains the following text: "Supreme Command Ostrow informs that the Jews in Treblinka are not adequately buried and that, as a result, an unbearable body stench befouls the air." This document is not only clear proof that Treblinka was functioning as an extermination center at that date, but it also reinforces the testimonies of the survivors and the SS-staff, to the affect that the corpses of the victims were first buried and later burned, in an attempt to remove criminal traces, and for the reason given in the above report. I am grateful to Dr. Ulrich Roessler for pointing out this document, to Gord McFee for the translation, and to the Militararchiv in Freiburg for sending me a copy. -Danny Keren.
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