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Subject: Holocaust Almanac - Overhauling the Vans   
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Keywords: Becker,Kiev,death vans

                                        Kiev, 16.May.1942

Reich Secret Document

To SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Rauff Berlin

The overhauling of the vans of Einsatzgruppe D and C has been completed...

I have had the vans of Einsatzgruppe D disguised as house trailers, by having
a single window shutter fixed to each side of the small vans, and on the large
ones, two shutters, such as one often sees on farm houses in the country. The
vans had become so well known that not only the authorities but the civilian
population referred to them as the "Death Vans" as soon as one appeared....

I also gave instructions that all personnel should stay as far away as
possible from the vans when the gassing is in progress to prevent damage to
their health in the event of gas leaking out...

The gassing is generally not carried out correctly. In order to get the Aktion
finished as quickly as possible the driver presses down on the accelerator as
far as it will go. As a result the persons to be executed die of suffocation
and do not doze off as was planned....

                                        Dr. Becker
                                        SS Untersturmfuehrer

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