Eichmann on the Beginning of Deportations from Western Europe
(June 22, 1942)
After having completed the main arrangements for the beginning of the Final Solution of the Jewish Question in Western Europe, including determining the numbers of Jews to be deported from each country on first instance, Eichmann apprised his counterpart at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this information in order to obtain his consent for Belgium and France. The following is the express letter containing these details, sent to him on June 22, 1942. The deportations began three weeks later.
Commander of the Security Police and SD
Subject:Labor mobilization [ Arbeitsensatz ] of Jews
from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Arrangements have been made that from mid-July / the
beginning of August of this year Jews will be sent for labor in the
Auschwitz camp, in special trains that will leave every day, which have
room for 1,000 peoplefirst of all about 40,000 Jews from the occupied
French territory, 40,000 Jews from the Netherlands, and 10,000 Jews
I hope you will respond positively, and I assume that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has no objection to these measures.
Source: Nuremberg Documents, IMT, NG-183.