Archive/File: imt/nca/supp-b/nca-sb-02-pohl.03 Last-Modified: 1997/12/10 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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