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"Bobby told me about the roles and personalities of the S.S. who came
around frequently. The chief was Hauptsturmfuehrer Weber, probably the most
arrogant, suspicious, and occasionally vicious man I have ever met. He had
neatly combed dark hair and bright blue eyes, and he strutted like a
peacock in his spotless uniform and shiny boots. He was indisputably bright
but terribly demanding, and had a violent temper. I saw him humiliate an
older, highly respected chemistry professor for not understanding his
orders immediately, by making him run up and down the stairs and then
around the building in the snow. This professor, incidentally, was not
Jewish. Weber was equally mean to Jews and non-Jews. To be sure, this was
not a particularly redeeming quality; yet, even though a veteran Nazi, he
was never overtly anti-Semitic."

[in Dachau, near the end of the war] "There was an unofficial relaxation of
discipline. Almost daily, American fighter planes flew over the camp at low
altitudes, dipping their wings as a form of greeting. The S.S. around the
hospital would run inside and tell us to stay inside as well. But we
ignored them and looked up and even waved at the pilots. The S.S. knew the
day of reckoning was near.

"At about this time Weber called Dorus to his office and asked him to sign a
statement that he, Weber, had always been fair and helpful to the prisoners
who worked in the lab, a sort of affidavit to show to the Allied forces
when the time came. Dorus had the courage to refuse to sign, telling him he
had to think it over. I felt pleased and relieved that he never asked me.
Pargner, who had been one of the worst, had also become unusually friendly.
It was hard to believe the tables were actually turning. I had always kept
my distance from the S.S. men in the lab except for Muench and saw no
reason to change now. It must have been quite evident to them that I was
not the one to help them save their necks." (Micheels, 141-142)

                               Work Cited

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


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