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"From the diary of SS-Doctor Johannes Paul Kremer, entries made while
assigned to Auschwitz:

29 August 1942

Received orders to report to Auschwitz concentration camp, which
reportedly is one doctor short due to illness.

31 August 1942

Tropical climate, 38 in the shade, dust and countless flies! Food in
the officers' mess is excellent. This evening we had e.g. pickled
duck's liver for 0.40 RM, plus stuffed tomatoes, tomato salad, etc.
Water is contaminated, so we drink soda water which is provided free
of charge (Mattoni). First inoculation against typhus fever.
Photographs for camp pass.

1 September 1942

Wrote off to Berlin for officers' cap, belt, braces. In afternoon
attended block gassing with Zyklon B against lice.

2 September 1942

3.00 a.m. attended my first Sonderaktion. Dante's Inferno seems to me
almost a comedy compared to this. They don't call Auschwitz the
extermination camp for nothing!

5 September 1942

In the morning attended a Sonderaktion from the women's concentration
camp (Muslims); the most dreadful of horrors. Hschf. Thilo -- army
doctor -- was right when he said to me this is the 'anus mundi'. In
the evening towards 8.00 attended another Sonderaktion from
Holland...[comments about evening's rations.]

3 October 1942

Today fixed fresh living material from human liver and spleen as well
as pancreas...In Auschwitz whole streets have gone down with typhus...

[See Note 1]

10 October 1942

Extracted and fixed fresh live material from liver, spleen and
pancreas...

11 October 1942

Today, Sunday, there was roast hare for lunch -- a rea fat leg -- with
dumplings and red cabbage for 1.25 RM.

24 October 1942

Six women from the Budyer revolt killed by injection.

13 November 1942

Extracted fresh live material (liver, spleen and pancreas) from a
previously photographed, severely atrophied Jewish prisoner aged
eighteen. Fixed as always, liver and spleen in Carnoy and pancreas in
Zenker (Prisoner No. 68,030).

Note 1

In my diary I mention in several places extracting fresh living human
material in order to conduct experiments on it. This happened in the
following way: For a long time I had been interested in changes in the
human organism as a result of hunger. In Auschwitz I taked this over
with Wirths, who told me that I could extract fresh living material for
these investigations from those prisoners who had been killed by
injections of phenol. In order to select subjects I went into the last
block on the right-hand side (block 28), where the prisoners who
reported sick were examined. During the course of these examinations
the prison doctors presented patients to the SS doctor and described
the illness the prisoner in question was suffering from. The SS doctor
then decided what the prospects were for this patient to recover,
whether he was already unfit for work, whether he should be sent to
the sick-bay or treated as an out-patient or else whether he should be
liquidated. People the SS doctor designated for the latter category
were taken away by the SS personnel on duty...I observed the prisoners
in this group carefully and whenever one of them particularly
interested me because of his advanced stage of starvation I ordered
the medical orderly to reserve him and to inform me when this patient
would be killed by injection.

At the appointed time the patients I had selected were led into the
same end block and taken to the room on the other side of the
corridor, opposite the room where they had originally been examined
and selected. The patient was laid down still alive on the dissection
table. I would go up to the table and ask the patient to give me some
details essential for my research. For example, for his weight before
his detention, how much weight he had lost since his detention,
whether he had taken any medication recently, etc. After I had been
given this information a medical orderly would come and kill the
patient with an injection in the heart area. To my knowledge all these
patients were killed with phenol injections. The patient died
immediately after being given such an injection. I myself never
administered fatal injections.

	Dr Kremer at a hearing on 30 July 1947 in Cracow"

Excerpted from:--------------------------------------------------------
"`The Good Old Days' -- The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and 
Bystanders", Klee, Ernst, Dressen, Willi, and Volker Riess, editors. 
Forward by Hugh Trevor-Roper.  The Free Press, A Division of Macmillan, 
Inc, 1988, ISBN 0-02-917425-2
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