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         Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression, Supplement B
       Transfer of Valuables from Concentration Camp 
                 Victims to Reichsbank
                         
     Excerpts from Testimony of Oswald Pohl, taken at
     Nurnberg, Germany, 3 June 1946, 1400-1700, by Col.
     John Amen, Lt. Col. Smith W. Brookhart, Jr., and
     Robert M.W. Kempner. Also present: Lt. Joachim von
     Zastrow and Bert Stein, Interpreters; Anne
     Daniels, Reporter.

                                              [Page 1582]

Q. What business did you have with Funk?

A. I had no business with him as President of the
Reichsbank.

Q. You never had anything to do with him?

A. Funk got foreign currency for us abroad, but I never
had anything to do with him directly.

Q. You had other business, aside from foreign currency?

A. Yes. We gave to the Reichsbank all the valuables that
we received from these concentration camps, which had been
sent to us from the various offices.

Q. Let's discuss the jewelry and gold teeth that were
taken from people in the concentration camps. The
Reichsbank was informed when such a shipment was to
arrive. Is that correct?

A. Yes, that is correct.

Q. Who made the first arrangements concerning that?

A. As I recall, the first arrangements were made by way of
the RSHA, in Heydrich's time, I beleive.
                                                 [Page 1583]

Q. Between Heydrich and the Reichsbank, between Himmler
and the Reichsbank, or between whom?

A. Between experts of the RSHA and the Reichsbank. At this
moment I only recall that, on several occasions, foreign
currency, rings, and other things came from the camps to
Berlin, packed in cases, and they were given to the
Reichsbank by us.

Q. What was the Reichsbank to do with these gold teeth?

A. They were to evaluate them, and their equivalent was to
be deposited at the Reichsbank treasury.

Q. Hoess has testified that gold bars had also come from
Auschwitz.

A. I have seen gold bars, yes. I believe they were also
packed in cotton.

Q. Where were they delivered?

A. Also to the Reichsbank.

Q. Which ones went to your medical department?

A. That I don't know.

Q. Where did the gold bars -- if they came from Auschwitz
-- originate?

A. Probably from the Jews who were exterminated.

Q. How was that worked into bars there?

A. I don't know that.

Q. How often did that stuff arrive? We are talking about
gold now.

A. I recall exactly that I only saw these gold bars once.

Q. You just wanted to say that it was once or twice. Now
what do you want to say, once, twice, three times, or
what?

A. I recall very clearly that I have only seen gold bars
once. Several times I have seen things like rings and
jewelry, but I have only seen gold bars once.


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