Newsgroups: alt.revisionism Path: voyager.net!isclient.merit.edu!newsxfer.itd.umich.edu!news.uoregon.edu!gatech2!usenet.eel.ufl.edu!newsfeed.internetmci.com!in1.uu.net!world!dkeren From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Daniel Keren) Subject: 'The order was that the Jewish population should be totally exterminated' Message-ID:
Organization: The World, Public Access Internet, Brookline, MA Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 07:57:18 GMT Lines: 170 Otto Ohlendorf, chief of Einsatzgruppe D, testifies about Nazi mass murder in the occupied USSR. Source: IMT Vol. IV, testimony starts at page 311. Q. How many Einsatz groups were there, and who were their respective leaders? A. There were four Einsatzgruppen, Group A,B,C and D. Chief of Einsatzgruppe A was Stahlecker; Chief of Einsatzgruppe B was Nebe; Chief of Einsatzgruppe C, Dr. Rasche, and later, Dr. Thomas; Chief of Einsatzgruppe D, I myself, and later Bierkamp. . . . Q. What were their instructions with respect to the Jews and the Communist functionaries? A. The instructions were that in the Russian operational areas of the Einsatzgruppen the Jews, as well as the Soviet political commissars, were to be liquidated. Q. And when you say "liquidated", do you mean "killed"? A. Yes, I mean killed. . . . Q. Did you personally supervise mass executions of these individuals? A. I was present at two mass executions for purposes of inspection. Q. Will you explain to the tribunal in detail how an individual mass execution was carried out? A. A local Einsatzkommando attempted to collect all the Jews in its area by registering them. This registration was performed by the Jews themselves. Q. On what pretext, if any, were they rounded up? A. On the pretext that they were to be resettled. Q. Will you continue? A. After the registration the Jews were collected at one place; and from there they were later transported to the place of execution, which was, as a rule an antitank ditch or a natural excavation. The executions were carried out in a military manner, by firing squads under command. Q. In what way were they transported to the place of execution? A. They were transported to the place of execution in trucks, always only as many as could be executed immediately. In this way it was attempted to keep the span of time from the moment in which the victims knew what was about to happen to them until the time of their actual execution as short as possible. Q. Was that your idea? A. Yes. Q. And after they were shot what was done with the bodies? A. The bodies were buried in the antitank ditch or excavation. . . . Q. Were all victims, including the men, women, and children, executed in the same manner? A. Until the spring of 1942, yes. Then an order came from Himmler that in the future women and children were to be killed only in gas vans. Q. How had women and children been killed previously? A. In the same way as the men - by shooting. Q. What, if anything, was done about burying the victims after they had been executed? A. The Kommandos filled the graves to efface the signs of execution, and then labor unit of the population leveled them. Q. Referring to the gas vans which you said you received in the spring of 1942, what order did you receive with respect to the use of these vans? A. These gas vans were in future to be used for the killing of the women and the children. Q. Will you explain to the Tribunal the construction of these vans and their appearance? A. The actual purpose of these vans could not be seen from the outside. They looked like closed trucks, and were so constructed that at the start of the motor, gas was conducted into the van causing death in 10 to 15 minutes. Q. Explain in detail just how one of these vans was used for an execution. A. The vans were loaded with the victims and driven to the place of burial, which was usually the same as that used for the mass executions. The time needed for transportation was sufficient to insure the death of the victims. Q. How were the victims induced to enter the van? A. They were told that they were to be transported to another locality. . . . Q. You said that mostly women and children were executed in these vans. For what reason? A. That was a special order from Himmler to the effect that women and children were not to be exposed to the mental strain of the executions; and thus the men of the Kommandos, mostly married men, should not be compelled to aim at women and children. . . . Q. In your testimony you said that the Einsatz group had the object of annihilating the Jews and the commissars, is that correct? A. Yes. Q. And in what category did you consider the children? For what reason were the children massacred? A. The order was that the Jewish population should be totally exterminated. Q. Including the children? A. Yes. Q. Were all the Jewish children murdered? A. Yes. -- Lies written in ink can never disguise facts written in blood. -Lu Xun.
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