From German Federal Archives, Koblenz, Document Folder R 2/14133: --- Ministry for Transport 17 TPA Or 29 signed: Dr. Rau to High Command of the Army March 1, 1944 In the spring of 1943 several trains with Jews from Greece were transported to Auschwitz [penciled in margin: Auschwitz?]. The special trains were ordered by the branch office of the Security Police and Security Service in Salonika. According to a statement made at the time on the telephone by the Reichsfürer-SS and Chief of the German Police -- Commando Security Police (Superior Government Councillor Huntsche [Hunsche]), the costs were to be borne from confiscated Jewish property which was at the disposal of the Military Commander -- Aegean Area (Military Administration) in Salonika. The fare owed to the Greek State Railways as dispatcher of the trains, for the benefit of all participating railways is 1,938,488 Reichmark. Repeated attempts were made to collect this amount from the above-mentioned office [the Military Commander], unfortunately without result so far. Now, on Feb. 1, '44 [the Army's] Field Railway Command 6, which has been primarily occupied with this situation, informed Reich Railway Directorate Dresden -- which I deputized to carry out the negotiations--as follows: "The Economic Attaché at the German Legation [in Athens], Mr. Höfinghoff, reported personally that payment of the transport costs of the Jewish special trains could not be made out of German-Greek clearing funds because there were no credits in this account. For the payment of ca. 1.9 million Reichmark one would first have to obtain authorization from the Reich Finance Ministry. The Special Plenipotentiary of the Reich [in Greece] refused to request this authorization and indicated that the transport cost should be raised at the Reich Finance Ministry [directly]." This suggestion obviously ignored the position of the Reichsführer-SS [Himmler] that the transport costs must be met from confiscated Jewish property. I ask that this matter be cleared up with the Reichsführer-SS and Chief of the German Police/Command Security Police and possibly with the Reich Economy Minister and that care be taken to assure transmittal of the transport costs to the Directorate of the Greek State Railways. Kindly inform me about the progress of negotiations. --- From Documents of Destruction: Germany and Jewry 1933-1945, edited with commentary by Raul Hilberg, Quadrangle Books, Chicago, 1971.
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