Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Artur Sommer Archive/File: holocaust/germany/warnings sommer.001 Last-Modified: 1994/05/11 "On or about July 27, 1942, a German lieutenant colonel, Artur Sommer, who was an economist and Deputy Director of the 'Allied and Neutral States' Group in the Economy Office of the Armed Forces High Command, traveled to Switzerland on official business. Sommer had been in Switzerland before and had visited another economist, Professor Edgar Salin, at the University of Basil. On those occasions Sommer had freely talked about German behavior in the USSR, once leaving packets of photographs showing emaciated and dead Soviet prisoners of war. This time Salin found a note without an evelope in his box. It stated: In the East camps are being prepared in which all the Jews of Europe and a large part of the Soviet prisoners of war are to be gassed. Please send messages immediately to Roosevelt and Churchill. If the BBC will warn daily against the gas ovens, their use may be prevented, since the criminals will do everything to make sure that the German people will not find out what they are planning and what they can surely carry out as well. (Salin, 81-90) The information in Sommer's note was already old. Gas had been considered for the European Jews during the early fall of 1941. The program was to be implemented in the Baltic area and Byelorussia, partly in camps prepared for roundups of Communists, but it was subsequently shifted to Poland, where it was in full swing by summer 1942. Evidently Sommer had learned of the early plans several months late. His suggestion that the British Broadcasting Corporation paralyze the perpetrators psychologically was not altogether new either. The BBC had already made some broadcasts, albeit not the plenary, forceful daily announcements that he had in mind.
Sommer's message has considerable significance, first because it was sent by someone in Berlin who was likely to be close to the truth, and second because it was an unambiguous statement to the effect that European Jewry was to be gassed to death." (Hilberg, 236-7) Work Cited Hilberg, Raul. Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders: The Jewish Catastrophe, 1933-1945. New York: Harper-Collins Publishers, 1992. Salin, Edgar. "Uber Artur Sommer, den Menschen und List-Forscher," Mitteilungen del List Gesellschaft, vol. 6 (1967), as cited in Hilberg.
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