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"Subject: Investigation of Attrocities at Kauffring Camp #4 near Hulach,
Germany. (Hulach is near Landsberg).

"On May 1, 1945 I inspected 286 bodies lying in the compound of the above
camp. The examination as to the cause of death was of necessity quite
superficial and hurried. The cause of death could be roughly divided into
three catagories:

"1. 86 bodies were so severely burned that the burns themselves were
undoubtably the cause of death. Sworn statements of witnesses indicate
that these individuals were locked in the barracks at the compound and
that these buildings were deliberately set on fire with the attempt to
destroy all these bodies by the Germans shortly before the American troops
liberated this camp.

"2. 11 bodies were shot either in the head, chest or abdomen or in
different combinations of the above wounds sufficient to be the cause of

"3. 189 bodies showed no gross external cause of death. All of these
bodies, as well as those in the foregoing two classifications, were
extremely emanciated; many of them had large decubitus sores, and all were
lice-infested. According to witnesses, typhus was present in this camp and
some could have died of this disease. However, according to other reliable
testimony, these individuals were murdered by hypodermic injection of an
unknown poison a matter of hours before the Americans liberated the camp."(McCallum, 57-58)

                           Work Cited

McCallum, John Dennis. Crime Doctor.  Mercer Island, Washington: 
Writing Works, 1978. 

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