Archive/File: imt/nca/supp-b/nca-sb-02-frank.13 Last-Modified: 1997/11/29 Nazi Conspiracy & Aggression, Supplement B Deportation of Slave Labor from Poland Excerpts from Testimony of Hans Frank, taken at Nurnberg, Germany, 13 September 1945, afternoon, by Lt. Col. Thomas S. Hinkel, IGD. Also present: Siegfired Ramler, Interpreter; Pvt. Clair Van Vleck, Reporter. [Page 1387] Q. How many workers did you furnish Sauckel? A. Sauckel had come very late, comparatively. When Sauckel came along, he only asked for very few people. That I have said before. These were voluntary workers and we could fullfill [sic] that without any trouble. Q. How about Funk? How many workers did he want? A. Funk was generally in charge of everything that the industry in Germany needed. Altogether we delivered a number somewhere around 800,000. Q. You mean to Funk, Seldte, and to Sauckel, all three together? A. To all different departments of the State. Q. As I remember your statement before, it was to the effect that 90 percent at least of this labor was voluntary; is that [Page 1388] correct? A. They were all voluntary. The few that wanted to try to force these people we dealt with very rapidly and we avoided this action. They wanted to start this method with us too, but we were able to avoid it. Q. Your statement is that there were no laborers obtained among Polish workers, for work in Germany, who did not volunteer for that job? A. Yes. Out of the General Government, out of their own free will. You can see that from the numbers involved, because even before the war hundreds of thousands of workers went out of Poland every year. I have talked to the Colonel about it. We had our work offices all over the country and things ran comparatively very easy. We even carried it through that people should be able to come back for a furlough, to the General Government. The mail situation was brought into order. Our main job was to care that those Poles in Germany should be treated decently. At first, this was very bad. At first, these Poles were looked upon as enemies. That we could notice right away because the number of the voluntary workers declined. Then we saw that they obtained priests, that the whole treatment became a more sensible one and then the people came into contact with the different firms and works, and the people there had their own interests to keep them. Towards the end everything became fine. You can see that from the many Poles who did not even want to return to Poland. There were 400,000 that did not want to return.
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