In a report entitled "Resettlement
of Jews," SS-Sturmbannführer
Gricksch provided the following information
for SS-Col. von Herff and Reichsführer-SS
Himmler, after inspection between the 14th.
and 16th. of May, 1943. (
Fleming, Gerald. Hitler and the Final Solution.
CA: University of California Press, 1987,
The Auschwitz camp plays
a special role in the resolution of the Jewish
question. The most advance methods permit
the execution of the Führer-order in
the shortest possible time and without arousing
much attention. The so-called "resettlement
action" runs the following course: The
Jews arrive in special trains (freight cars)
toward evening and are driven on special tracks
to areas of the camp specifically set aside
for this purpose.
There the Jews are unloaded
and examined for their fitness to work by
a team of doctors, in the presence of the
camp commandant and several SS officers. At
this point anyone who can somehow be incorporated
into the work program is put in a special
camp. The curably ill are sent straight to
a medical camp and are restored to health
through a special diet. The basic principle
behind everything is: conserve all manpower
for work. The previous type of "resettlement
action" has been thoroughly rejected,
since it is too costly to destroy precious
work energy on a continual basis.
The report then describes
the fate of those unlucky enough to have been
considered incurably ill or unfit for slave
labour, and provides some details with regard
to the killing process.
The results of this "resettlement
action" to date: 500,000 Jews. Current
capacity of the "resettlement action"
ovens: 10,000 in 24 hours.