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Letter from Dr. Erhard Wetzel to Reichskommissar Lohse, October 25, 1941
[REIT, p. 137]
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Herr Viktor Brack, Oberdienstleiter in the Fuehrer's Chancellory, is ready
to collaborate in the installation of the necessary buildings and gas
plants. He thinks its easier to construct the latter, of which we are
short, on the spot. He would like to send his chemist, Kallmayer, to
Riga. I request you to communicate with Brack through your higher police
leader, I permit myself to observe that Major Eichmann is in agreement.
He informs us that the camps are intended for Riga and Minsk where even
Jews from the old Reich may be sent. At the present time Jews who are
evacuated from the old Reich are sent to Lodz and other camps, from
which they leave for the east or for labour camps if they are suited.
To judge from the actual situation one need have no scruple in using
Brack's method to liquidate Jews who are unsuitable for work. In this
way incidents will no longer be possible or tolerated such as occurred
during the shooting in Vilna - and these shootings were public,
according to the report that I have before me. On the other hand,
Jews suitable for work will still be sent east to be attached to the
labour service. Naturally the employable men and women must be
separated from each other.

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