12th August 1942
A case of indisposition with slight symptoms of poisoning by hydrocyanic gas which occured today makes it necessary to warn all those participating in the gassings and all other SS members that in particular on opening rooms used for gassing1 SS not wearing masks must wait at least five hours and keep at a distance of at least 15 metres from the chamber. In addition, particular attention should be paid to the wind direction.
The gas being used at present containes less odorous warning agent and is therefore especially dangerous.
The SS garrison doctor declines all responsibility for any accident that should occur in the case where these directives have not been complied with by SS members.
SS Lieutenant-Colonel and Commander
SS Captain and Adjutant
7 to SS-T-Stuba
2 Construction Management
2 Political Section
1 9th SS-T-Stuba
1 Protective Detention Camp
1 Women's KL
1 Legal Officer
1 Personnel Division
1 Waffen SS House
1 each to:
SS Hosp;, HWL, DAW, Radio Station
KL Labour Office
Women's KL Labour Office
External Service Station of the WI
Zeppelin Special Kommando
(Pressac, Jean Claude; "Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers; The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation, NY, 1989, p. 201)
1. Note: Some readers suggest that this phrase should be translated "on opening the gassed rooms" (Emphasis Nizkor's)
Source: The Nizkor Project