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"One day in the spring of 1944 Bobby and I received a requisition for a
large amount of bouillon, and we told Zabel we would need a great deal of
meat. At the time many transports, mostly from Hungary, were arriving in
nearby Birkenau. On our way to Raisko we could see the chimneys in Birkenau
sending forth great plumes of smoke and flames, which drove home to us the
precarious nature of our existence and the incomprehensible cruelty of the
Nazis. When we got our meat it was obvious that it did not come from any
cattle or horses but from very neatly cleaned human muscles. Bobby told me
that this had happened before and that the S.S. made this substitution so
they themselves could eat the animal meat, which was very scarce. Zabel
told Bobby not to tell anybody about the substitution or both of us would
end up in the gas chamber. The words to describe my revulsion to this
gruesome discovery fail me completely. We debated what to do; the quantity
recieved was far more than we had asked for. Of necessity, we made the best
of this impossible and very dangerous situation. Nobody discovered that
there was anything unusual happening. Afterward we managed to bury the
remains in secret in an out-of-the-way place, mumbling a prayer for the
dead, a token funeral. This dreadful scene was to be repeated a few more
times. <*> On one of these occasions a fellow worker, more curious and
hungrier than most, came into our lab, saw the meat and, exclaiming `I love
steak tartare,' took a small piece and ate it. He never found out what he
had eaten. We did not tell anybody, not even Nora, until quite some time
later. It was a truly horrible secret."

* Mueller writes about how earlier in 1943 Weber and another S.S. man,
Kitt, had come to the crematorium to examine the thighs and calves of men
and women who were still alive and select the best ones, before the victims
were gassed. After the execution they would cut off those pre-selected
muscles. " (Micheels, 111)

                             Work Cited

Micheels, Louis J., M.D. "Doctor 117641 - A Holocaust Memoir", Yale
University Press, New Haven & London, 1989.

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