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April 8

1940

Field Marshall Keitel issues an order which ostensibly transferred
"Mischlinge who are 50 percent Jewish or men who are married to a
Mischling" from active military units to Reserve or Militia Units. ...
There was also the ... standard exemption clause, which stated that
"The Fuehrer reserves the right to make exceptions in special
cases..." A year later, the Army reversed itself on July 16 and
"decided that some Mischlinge were good enough to fight and die in the
Wehrmacht after all." (Abrams, 46-7)

Luftwaffe General Halm agrees to lease the Oswiecim barracks and
turn them over to the SS authorities. (Czech, et. al, p. 120)

1944

Thirteen homosexual prisoners from the Buchenwald subcamp of
Dora-Mittebau are transferred to the Bergen-Belsen
concentration camp. (USHMM 1994, 37)

The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Anthony
Eden, issues a statement condemning German atrocities,
echoing President Roosevelt's statement in March. Eden
reaffirms Britain's determination to bring the parties
responsible for such atrocities to justice. (See March 24.)
(Ibid.)


                         Work Cited

Abrams, Alan. Special Treatment: The Untold Story of Hitler's Third
   Race. Secaucus, N.J.: Lyle Stuart Inc., 1985
                              
Czech, Danuta, Stanslaw Klodzinski, Aleksander Lasik, 
   Andrezej Strezecki, eds. "Auschwitz 1940 - 1945. Central 
   Issues in the History of the Camp, Volume V. 
   Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: Oswiecim 2000.

USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Fifty
   Years Ago: Darkness Before Dawn: Days of Remembrance, April
   3-10, 1994. Washington, D.C.: 1994

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