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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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