The Fate of the Lodz Ghetto
(February 14, 1944)
Letter from Greiser, Gauleiter and Governor of the Wartheland, to Pohl, concening the fate of the Lodz Ghetto:
On the occasion of the visit of the RFSS [ Reichsfuehrer SS] in Poznan yesterday and the day before I had an opportunity to discuss and clarify two questions which concern the area of your work.
The first question is as follows:
The ghetto in Lodz will not be converted into a concentration camp, as was emphasized at the discussion on February 5, held at my office, the Reich Governorate in Poznan, by SS Oberfuehrer Baier and SS Hauptsturmfuehrer Dr. Volk, who had been sent to my Gau (province) by your office. The order of the RFSS of June 11, 1943, will therefore not be carried out. I have agreed the following with the RF:
1. The population of the ghetto is to be reduced to
a minimum, and only those Jews are to remain who are absolutely required
in the interests of the armaments industry;
The RF will then give appropriate orders to the Central Trustee's Office for the East ( Haupt-Treuhandstelle Ost ).
May I request you to convey your proposals on this subject to me.
Source: Nuremberg Documents, NO-519.
* Bothmann and his unit set up and operated the extermination camp at Chelmno in the Wartheland.
Source: Yad Vashem