Archive/File: imt/nca/supp-b/nca-sb-02-pohl.14 Last-Modified: 1997/12/10 Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression, Supplement B Number of Concentration Camp Inmates Available as Laborers Excerpts from Testimony of Oswald Pohl, taken at Nurnberg, Germany, 13 June 1946, 1400-1600, by Lt. Col. Smith W. Brookhart, Jr., IGD. Also present: Richard Sonnenfeldt, Interpreter; Rose W. Cook, Reporter. [Page 1605] Q. Let's turn now to the figure you gave us previously as to the number of inmates of concentration camps who were available and capable of being used as laborers. You have estimated that some two hundred to two hundred fifty thousand were used by the armament industry? A. Yes, this figure is not complete by any means because it refers only to those that were loaned out to the armament industry but does not refer to those who were used in our own armament factories. This number of two hundred to two hundred fifty thousand refers only to those who were used for purposes of armament in the labor camps and in the "Aussenlager," which were run exclusively for labor purposes, and does not include those who may have been used for the same purpose inside of the concentration camps where industries may have had their own small establishments. Q. How many were there in this latter group? A. Perhaps it will be easier if I do it another way. The next thing I would like to talk about are construction brigades. In all construction brigades and armament projects inside the concentration camps a further maximum number of one hundred thousand were used, so that I would be inclined to believe that the total was somewhere around 250,000, but not more than that number. Q. How were the others out of the total of 470 thousand, which would make 120,000, unemployed? A. The remainder of 120,000 I cannot specify in exact percentages, but I believe that it would be a fair assumption to make that roughly 40,000 of them were used for the upkeep of the camps, and for necessary work inside the camps to keep them running. A further 40,000 of them probably were in quarantine at any one time and at least 40,000 of them upon the sick list at any one time, and probably the number of the people on the sick list was higher than that but I can only give you this approximation.
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