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Source: "Auschwitz Chronicle, 1939-1945 / Danuta Czech. - 1st American ed.
(ISBN 0-8050-0938-8); pp. 198-199. (Ref: Ho"ss, _Commandant in Auschwitz_,
pp. 233-236.) 

July 17 [1942]

SS Commander in Chief Himmler carries out a second inspection in
Auschwitz. The Gauleiter of Upper Silisia, Bracht, SS General Schmauser,
and SS Lieutenant General Kammler also take part. On the first day, Ho"ss
explains the arrangement and position of the camps using maps. In the
Construction Administration , Kammler explains the projects either planned
or under construction with the help of maps, blueprints, and models.
Finally, Himmler and his escort tour the whole Interest Zone: the farms
and soil improvement projects, the dam construction, the laboratories, and
the plant breeding in Rajskom the cattle breeding and nursery. Inspecting
Birkenau, Himmler observes the prisoners at work, tours accommodations,
kitchens, and infirmeries and sees the emanciated victims of the epidemic.
After touring Birkenau, he takes part in the killing of one of the newly
entered transports of Jews. He attends the unloading, the selection of the
able-bodied, the killing by gas in Bunker 2, and the clearing of the
bunker. At this time, the corpses are not yet being burned are piled up in
pits and buried. Then Himmler tours the Buna plant and the installation of
a sewage gas plant. In the evening there is a reception for the guests and
all SS officers of the Auschwitz garrison. After the reception, Himmler
goes with Ho"ss, Schmauser, Kammler and the Director of Agriculture Caesar
to a reception at the home og Gauleiter Bracht in Kattowitz, to which, at
Himmler's request, Mrs. Ho"ss also comes.



"Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes 
not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties--but
right through every human heart--and all human hearts." 

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, "The Gulag Archipelago"

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