The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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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.

The Korherr 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.

It is 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 ordinance (134):
"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
     
   

 
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