Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,soc.history Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Germans and their Jewish spoils X-Web: http://www.nizkor.org/ Archive/File: places/germany/leipzig/leipzig.001 Last-Modified: 1994/07/15 "Whereas many Germans walked away from the Jews, they were eager enough to acquire some Jewish property. After transports of Jews began to move out of Leipzig to the 'east,' 118 suitcases, a backpack, and a handbag were left behind with all their contents. The representative of the Finance Ministry in the area handed over these personal belongings to an auctioneer, who listed all the items, their former Jewish owners, estimated yields, names of German purchasers, and realized prices. Virtually everything was sold.<3> All over Germany, tens of thousands of Jewish apartments were taken over; furniture from Jewish homs in Germany and the Western countries graced German offices and private German residences; and smaller objects were distributed to the needy, sometimes from the killing centers from which they had been collected. The recipients did not ask many questions." (Hilberg, Perpetrators, 196-97) <3> Hans Klemm, auctioneer, to Oberfinanzpra"sident in Leipzig, May 16, 1942, Staatsarchiv (State Archives) in Leipzig, Collection Hans Klemm Versteigerung, Folder 21. A transport of some 625 had left on January 21, 1942, a smaller one of 300 on May 10, 1942. See the correspondence in the Stadtarchiv (City Archives) Leipzig, Collection Sonderregulung fu"r Nichtarier/Erna"hrungsamt 6. The suitcases were probably left behind by the January deportees. Work Cited Hilberg, Raul. Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe 1933-1945. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.
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