Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: "Euthanasia" murders: Brack testifies From: Ken McVay
Organization: The Nizkor Project http://www.nizkor.org Archive/File: places/germany/euthanasia/brack.001 Last-Modified: 1994/07/26 Testimony of Brack, regarding gassing of insane people in Germany [Quoted in "Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals" - Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. I, p. 876-886]. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Q: Witness, when adult persons were selected for euthanasia and sent by transport to euthanasia stations for that purpose, by what methods were the mercy deaths given? A: The patients went to a euthanasia institution after the written formalities were concluded - I need not repeat these formalities here, they were physical examinations, comparison of the files, etc. The the patients were led to a gas chamber and were there killed by the doctors with carbon monoxide gas (CO). Q: Where was that carbon monoxide obtained, by what process? A: It was in a compressed gas container, like a steel oxygen container, such as is used for welding - a hollow steel container. Q: And these people were placed in this chamber in groups, I suppose, and then the carbon monoxide was turned into the chambers? A: Perhaps I had better explain this in some detail. Bouhler's basic requirement was that the killing should not only be painless, but also imperceptible. For this reason, the photographing of the patients, which was only done for scientific reasons, took place before they entered the chambers, and the patients were completely diverted thereby. Then they were led into the gas chamber which they were told was a shower room. They were in groups of perhaps 20 or 30. They were gassed by the doctor in charge. . . . Q. What was done with the bodies of these people after mercy deaths were given? A. When the room had been cleared of gas again, stretchers were brought in and the bodies were carried into an adjoining room. There the doctor examined them to determine whether they were dead. Q. Then what happened to the bodies? A. After the doctor had determined death, he freed the bodies for cremation and they were cremated. Q. After he had freed the bodies, had determined that they were dead, they were then cremated? Is that correct? A. Yes. Q. There was a crematory built for every one of these institutions? A. Yes. Crematoriums were built in the institutions. . . . Q. And these people thought that they were going in to take a shower bath? A. If any of them had any power of reasoning, they had no doubt thought that. Q. Well now, were they taken into the shower rooms with their clothes on or were they nude? A. No. They were nude. Q. In every case? A. Whenever I saw them, yes.
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