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Date: Wed, 21 Feb 1996 22:54:51 -0700
From: (Mark Van Alstine)
Subject: Fritsch's speech to prisoners from Tarno'w
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Source: "Auschwitz Chronicle, 1939-1945 / Danuta Czech. - 1st American ed.
(ISBN 0-8050-0938-8); p. 13. (Ref: Kielar, _Anus Mundi_, p.17. The text in
this speech is also contained in APMO, Materialy Obozowego Rychu Oporu
(Materials of the Camp Resistance Movement), vol. VII, p.464 (hereafter
cited as Mat.RO).

June 14 [1940]

...With blows, kicks, and shouts, the detainees from Tarno'w are driven
into the cellar, where they undergo the admissions procedure. They are
robbed of their personal belongings, shorn of their hair, taken to the
baths for disinfection, registered, and marked with numbers. As soon as
they get their clothes back they are taken to the courtyard, where they
line up in rows of five for the first roll call. The First Camp Commander,
SS Captain Karl Fritzch, greets them with the following speech translated
into Polish by two inmates selected as interpreters: "You have not come to
a sanatorium here but to a German concentration camp and the only way out
is through the chimney of the crematorium. If there's anybody who doesn't
like it, he can walk into the wire right away. If there are any Jews in a
transport, they have no right to live longer than two weeks, priests for a
month, and the rest for three months."

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