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"5. There is no limit to working hours. Their duration depends not on the kind of working establishments in the camps and the kind of work to be done. They are fixed by the camp commanders alone.

"6. Any circumstances which may result in a shortening of working hours (for example, meals, roll-calls, etcetera), have therefore to be restricted to an irreducible minimum. Time-wasting walks and noon intervals, only for the purpose of meals, are forbidden." The armament production program we have just described was not merely a scheme for mobilizing the manpower potential of the camps. It actually was integrated directly into the larger Nazi program of extermination; and I wish to refer, at this point, to our document Number 654-PS and Exhibit Number USA-218.

THE PRESIDENT: Do you think it will be convenient to break off now for a few minutes?

Mr. DODD: Very well.

[A recess was taken.]

Mr. DODD: At the recess time I had made reference to Document Number 654-PS,, which has the Exhibit Number USA-218. This is a memorandum of an agreement between Himmler, Reichsführer SS, and the Minister of Justice, Thierack. It is dated the 18th of September 1942. The concept of extermination to which I referred to shortly before the recess was embodied in this document ]to quote from Page 1, Paragraph 2:

"2. Transfer of asocial elements from prison to the Reichsführer SS for extermination through work. To be transferred without exception are persons under protective arrest, Jews, Gypsies, Russians and Ukrainians, Poles with more than 3-year sentences, Czechs, and Germans with more than 8-year sentences, according to the decision of the Reich Minister for Justice. First of all the worst asocial elements amongst those just mentioned are to be handed over. I shall inform the this through Reichsleiter Bormann."
Now this agreement further provided, in Paragraph 12 on Page 2 of the English text and Page 3, Paragraph 14, of the German text, as follows:

"14. It is agreed that, in consideration of the intended aims of the Government for the clearing up of the Eastern problems, in the future, Jews, Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and Ukranians are no longer to be tried by the ordinary courts, so far as punishable offenses are concerned; but are to be