The report stopped at December 31, 1942. The
evacuations with the "transportations" were composed of nearly a million and a
half people for the latter and of 330,000 persons evacuated to the East from
the Reich and from the countries of Western and Central Europe. A curious
detail figured in the chapter on the "Jews in the Concentration Camps (p. 11)".
Korherr wrote that the Jews "lodged during the course of the evacuation in the
concentration camps of Auschwitz and Lublin" were not included in these
figures. Therefore, the camps of Auschwitz and Lublin were considered as
transit stops where the Jews were only "lodged" and where there was no need to
count them. The sketch plan established by Heydrich at the Conference of
Wannsee may here be recognized: deportation to the East (here it is a question
of Auschwitz and Majdanek-Lublin) and then continuation "farther east" where
the rest were to disappear. "Farther east" meant, in reality, the gas chambers
on the spot. |
The condensed report drawn up for Hitler ended with a
significant conclusion: since 1933, European Judaism had lost nearly half of
its effectives; and half of this lost half had been transplanted (zugeflossen)
to other continents. One may conclude from this that the other half of the half
lost by European Judaism had been deported without leaving Europe on arrival.
In conformity with the objective of the elimination of the Jews from the German
vital space, it thus evaporated form the face of the earth.
Report was an ultra-secret document. It was only for future times that Himmler
imagined its eventual use as documentation on the work of "purification"
accomplished by the Third Reich. But another document reveals that the
information on the "final solution" that the Chancellery of he Party intended
to communicate without delay to the "compatriots" (Volksgenossen) fundamentally
expressed the same thing, although in a manner even more vague.
an ordinance of October 9, 1942, of the Party Chancellery and found in the
collection "Ordinances, Decrees, Opinions," which was published by the
Chancellery in 1943 as a confidential work. We may note that another ordinance
reproduced in this volume (on the obligation for the Jews to wear a distinctive
sign) specifies that it was intended only for ranking dignitaries
(Hoheitstraeger) of the Party and "their closest collaborators." We may
conclude from this fact that the volume in question was accessible to a
restricted circle of Nazi leaders. But the text which interests us bears no
restriction as to its communication. It would have failed in its objective were
it not communicated to all those reponsible [sic] for the propaganda of the
Party. It made known what was to be explained to no matter what German among
those who were troubled by the rumours about the treatment inflicted on the
Jews deported to the East.
Here are the essential passages of the
"In relation to the development of
projects for the final solution of the Jewish question, the population of
diverse regions of. the territory of the Reich has of late been engaging in
discussions on "the very severe measures" taken against the Jews, particularly
in the regions of the East. It was established that such exposés
deformed and exaggerated in most