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(a) 27, p. 13.
(b) 28, pp. 108 9.
(c) "Auschwitz", Het Nederlansche Rood Kruis, Gravenhage, vol. I, pp. 4 5, 1947.
(d) 11.

Before continuing farther in our investigation, it is interesting to underscore that the some 3,000,000 victims of the "final solution" found while using as a basis the incomplete accountancy of the Nazi administation [sic] itself, already exceed two to six times the whimsical figures advanced by Rassinier (500,000 to 1,500,000).

6. Genocide in the USSR, in the Baltic Countries and in Bessarabia

The great unknown in the Korherr Report concerns the number of Soviet Jews victims of the "final solution." A conjunction of circumstances allows one to bridge this gap if not with complete certainty, at least with a great probability of coming close to the real facts. The USSR is one of those countries where the "nationality" of the citizens is obligatorily part of the civil status. In this way, the exact number of "Jews" of the USSR has been known for a long time, just as the number of "Russians," "Ukrainians," "Armenians," etc. One is thus not reduced to "estimates." On the other hand, the USSR is a country where emigration and immigration are very slight, so that the results of the census of the population at different epochs are comparable and sure. Finally, luck has it that the last census before the war dates from 1939, or just before the hostilities. The conditions are therefore very favourable for following the fluctuations in the number of Soviet citizens, notably those of the Jewish population, between periods sufficiently long to cancel out the effects of accidental causes.

Nevertheless, to make valid comparisons, the border changes of the USSR before and after the war must be taken into account. This problem is well-known and does not raise insurmountable difficulties. In fact, on September 28, 1939, a part of eastern Poland was occupied by Soviet troops, but without annexation. On August 16, 1945, a part of these territories was ceded by restored Poland to the USSR, but with the right for these populations to leave Russia and rejoin Poland. It is obvious that a certain number of those concerned did not take advantage of this right, remained definitively in the USSR and became Soviet citizens of Polish nationality. The number of these latter did in fact more than double between the censuses of 1939 and 1959, as one can see below. To our knowledge, it is unknown at the time of the present writing if Jews originally from the same ex-Polish territories which had become Soviet, and who could have found themselves following the events of the war in USSR, all went back to Poland or, rather, if a least a part of them stayed in Russia becoming Soviet citizens and thereby increasing the effectives of the Jews recorded in 1959 without having been deducted in 1939. This unknown can be a source of errors in

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