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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Destroying the Bodies...

"..In June 1942, SS _Gruppenführer_ Heinrich Müller, the head of the
Gestapo, formally appointed [SS Standartenführer Paul] Blobel the task of
covering up the traces of the mass executions carried out by the
Einsatzgruppen in the East. This task was top secret, and Blobel was
ordered that no written correspondence should apeear on the subject. The
operation was given the code name 'Sonderaktion 1005.' Blobel's duty was
to find the proper technical means and system for destroying the victims'
bodies, to coordinate and supervise the entire operation, and to issue
the verbal orders for its implementation.

"After his appointment, Blobel, along with a small staff of three or four
men, began experimanting with systems for burning bodies. The place chosen
for these experiments was Chelmno, the first death camp that had been
established and had been operating since the end of 1941. At the same
time, tens of thousands of Jews from the Lodz area had already been killed
there; they were buried in pits in a wooded area. The pits were opened,
and the first experiments were carried out. Incendiary bombs were tried,
but these caused large fired in the surrounding woods. Then they started
to cremate the bodies on wood in open fireplaces. The bones that remained
were destroyed by a special bone-crushing machine. The ashes of the bodies
were small fragments of bones were buried in the pits from which the
bodies had been removed. At the conclusion of these successful
experiments, the SS had found a simple and efficient way to erase their
crimes. 

"Following these experiments, the burning of the corspes of the victims
murdered in Chelmno and in Auschwitz was begun. this as early as the last
months of 1942. The results of Blobel's experiments were sent to Globocnik
so that he could introduce cremation of the corpses in the Operation
Reinhard camps...." (Arad, Yitzhak. Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka, pp.170-171.)


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