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1941

The T4 "euthanasia" program created opposition among Christian clery,
specifically the Catholic Church. The bishop August of Munich, filed
an official complaint on this date. On August 3, he denounced the
killings from the pulpit. The T4 program was stopped officially 3
weeks later, although it continued on a smaller and far more secret
scale. (Vidal-Naquet, 107)

1941

A special commission as provided by an order from Himmlet arrived
at Auschwitz as part of the program for the euthanasia of the 
"incurably ill" (which had been extended to cover Jews in 1940 and
concentration camp prisoners in mid-1941). The commission examined
prisoners who were invalids and severely or chronically ill, as chosen
ahead of time by the camp authorities under the pretext of preparing to
transfer them to another camp where they would have lighter work
assignments... The director of the 575-prisoner transport to
Sonnenstein was Rapportfuehrer Hoessler, who reported to Hoess 
on his return that the prisoners had been killed by asphyxiation 
in a shower room into which carbon monoxide had been introduced 
through the shower heads. (Czech et al, p. 134-5)

1942

An SS Unterscharfuehrer reports "a big action in the Russion ghetto of 
Minsk. 6000 Jews are brought to the pit."

On the 29th,  3000 German Jews are brought to the pit.

1943

Jan Karski, the Polish underground courier who in 1942
visited the Warsaw ghetto and the Belzec death camp, later
reporting on his findings to Allied, Polish, and Jewish
officials in London, gives a firsthand report about the
"Final Solution" to President Roosevelt in Washington.  (USHMM 1993, 39)


                       Work Cited

Czech, Danuta, Stanslaw Klodzinski, Aleksander Lasik, 
   Andrezej Strezecki, eds. "Auschwitz 1940 - 1945. Central 
   Issues in the History of the Camp, Volume V. 
   Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: Oswiecim 2000.

USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Fifty
   Years Ago: Revolt Amid the Darkness: Days of Remembrance,
   April 18-25, 1993. Washington, D.C.: 1993

Vidal-Naquet, Pierre. Assassins of Memory. Columbia University 
   Press: New York, Oxford, 1992

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