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Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history
Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Deportation Schedules for death trains
Summary: Accounts of the deportation of the Jews in Germany
Followup-To: alt.revisionism
Organization: The Nizkor Project
Keywords: Jacobi,Prague,Cracow,deportations,Vienna,Minsk,Breslau

Archive/File: places/germany/deportations/deport.005
Last-Modified: 1994/10/13

   "... Regular meetings were held in Berlin to coordinated the
   despatch of full trains and the return of empty trains. One of the
   railway documents which survives is dated Berlin, 13 January 1943.
   Signed by Dr. Jacobi of the General Management, Railway Directorate
   East, in Berlin, it took the form of a 'telegraphic letter'
   addressed to the General Directorate of East Railways in Cracow; 
   the Prague Group of Railways, the General Traffic Directorate,
   Warsaw; the Traffic  Directorate, Minsk; and the Railway
   Directorates in fourteen cities, including Breslau, Dresden,
   Ko"nigsberg, Linz, Mainz and Vienna. Copies were to be sent in
   addition to the General Management, Directorate South, in Munich,
   and to the Gerneral Management, Directorate West, in Essen; a total
   distribution of twnety copies. The subject was: 'Special trains for
   resettlers during the period from 20 January to 28 February 1943.'

   "The table shows some of the details given for the first seven days
   of February 1943;

   "1 February	Rumanians, train No 3		dep Gleiwit
						arr Czernowitz
     		Jews, train No 109		dep Theresienstadt
						arr Auschwitz
   2 February	Jews, train No 15		dep Berlin
                           			arr Auschwitz 10.48
                empty, train No 110		dep Auschwitz
						arr Myslowitz
   3 February	Poles, train No 65		dep Zamosc 11.00
						arr Auschwitz
   4 February	empty, train No 4		dep Czernowitz
						arr Ratibor
		empty, train No 16		dep Auschwitz
						arr Theresienstadt
		empty, train No 66		dep Auschwitz
						arr Myslowitz
   5 February	Polish Jews, train No 107	dep Bialystok 9.00
						arr Auschwitz 7.57
   6 February	Polish Jews, train No 109	dep Bialystok 9.00
						arr Auschwitz 7.57
   7 February	Polish Jews, train No 111	dep Bialystok 9.00
						arr Auschwitz 7.57
		empty, train No 106		dep Auschwitz
						arr Bialystok

   "Also under Dr. Jacobi's schedule, a deportation of Polish Jews, in
   train No 127, was despatched from Bialystok at 9 am, 9 February
   1943, reaching the death camp at Treblinka at 12.10, and returning
   empty that same evening from Treblinka, as train No 128, leaving
   Treblinka at 9.18 pm and reaching Bialystok ninety minutes after
   midnight. The instructions of 13 January 1943 had referred
   specifically to the return of the empty trains. The last paragraph
   of the instructions read:

      "Train formation is noted for each recirculation and _attention
      _is_to_be_paid_ to these instructions. After each full trip,
      cars are to be well cleaned, if need be fumigated, and upon
      completion of the programme prepared for further use. Number and
      kinds of cars are to be determined upon dispatch of the last
      train and are to be reported to me by telephone with
      confirmation on service cards." (Gilbert, 67-68)

It is interesting, with respect to those deniers who claim that
the camps were "transit camps," that trains departed empty after
offloading thousands of passengers. They arrived full of passengers, 
and left empty. Perhaps some "revisionist scholar" will provide us with 
records of trains leaving Treblinka, for instance, carrying passengers 
to "the East?"

                          Work Cited

   Gilbert, Martin. Final Journey: The Fate of the Jews in Nazi
   Germany. New York: Mayflower Books, 1979

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