Mike Curtis wrote:
> [email protected] (Matt Giwer) wrote:
> I see, now it is a transmitter/receiver. This sounds like a different
> radio. Where was this one located?
> > Right at the time when the supposed gassing was being done at
> >Auschwitz. Quite a good system of secret keeping.
> Giwer, I see no discussion of who had the radio or how it was used.
>From Jozef Garlinski, Fighting Auschwitz (Fawcett, 1975), pp.
‘There, in the cellar [of Block No. 20], underground electricians set
up a transmitting station. It was an excellent place, for typhus was
rife in the camp and the SS-men were very unwilling to enter the
infected area: Block No. 20 was specially set aside for infectious
ilness. Through contacts, established earlier for sending reports and
secret correspondence, the Silesia District of the Home Army was
informed of the wavelengths on which they would broadcast. Reception
was organized as near as possible to the camp. For seven months,
Stössel tranmitted from the secret radio-station. Transmissions were
infrequent, at various times; the bulletins concerned new transports,
the death rate in the camp and general living conditions.
Unfortunately no details concerning reception have been preserved;
none of the people near the camp, who organized the monitoring of the
secret station and forwarded the news, survived the war.
‘The SS-men soon got to know that the transmitter was working and
looked for it furiously. They pulled up floors in the workshops and
stores, tapped the walls, questioned informers. It was a painful time
for the whole SS garrison, as it undermined their prestige and made
fools of them in the eyes of the prisoners. The search for the
transmitter was carried on outside the camp as well, in areas
adjoining it. The SS-men never found it, but in the autumn of 1942 it
was thought necessary to dismantle the set and stop transmitting. Too
many prisoners knew about it and not all would be able to keep silent.
‘Some informants state that the organization had a second crystal set
at this time, but Pilecki’s report does not confirm this.’
Two notes. First, the content of the transmissions is not
discoverable. It is nonsense, then, to assert that the transmissions
did not contain information about gassings. No one knows either way.
Second, the transmitter was in operation for seven months, ending in
autumn 1942. The mass extermination of the Jews in Auschwitz began in
the summer of 1942; the crematoria at Birkenau, however, were not
completed until 1943. See Nora Levin, The Holocaust (Schocken,
1973), pp. 315-16; Raul Hilbert, _The Destruction of the European
Jews_ (abridged edition, Holmes & Meier, 1985), p. 233.
School of Historical and Critical Studies
University of Brighton
10-11 Pavilion Parade
Brighton BN2 1RA UK
From [email protected] Wed Sep 4 21:16:31 PDT 1996
From: Laurinda Stryker <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: 1-Auschwitz, a secret? (repost)
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 1996 18:32:56 +0000
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