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I, Dr. Hans Munch hereby attest that, as an SS physician on duty in 
Auschwitz in 1944, I witnessed the selection process of those who were to 
live and those who were to die.  Other SS physicians on duty in the camps 
made selections at the platform where the transports arrived.  They also 
made selections in the barracks.  I was exempt from performing selections 
because I had refused to do so.

I further attest that I saw thousands of people gassed here at Auschwitz.  
Children, old people, the sick and those unable to work were sent to the 
gas chambers.  These were innocent human beings: Jews, Gypsies, 
homosexuals, Hitler's political opponents - anyone who did not fit 
Hitler's idea of a pure Aryan race.

I am signing this paper of my own free will to help document the cruel 
intolerance of my fellow SS.

I, a former SS physician, witnessed the dropping of Zyklon B into 
simulated exhaust vents from outside the gas chambers.  Zyklon B began 
to work as soon as it was released from the canisters.  The effects of 
the gas were observed through a peephole by an assigned doctor or the 
SS officer on duty.  After three to five minutes, death could be 
certified, and the doors were opened as a sign that the corpses 
were cleared to be burned.

This is the nightmare I continue to live with fifty years later.

I am so sorry that in some way I was part of it.  Under the prevailing 
circumstances I did the best I could to save as many lives as possible.  
Joining the SS was a mistake.  I was young.  I was an opportunist.  
And once I joined, there was no way out.

Dr. Hans Munch
January 27, 1995, Auschwitz

(6 witnesses)

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