5 January 1944 Globocnik Report to Himmler (4024-PS) on Operation Reinhard(t)

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5 January 1944 Globocnik Report to Himmler (4024-PS) on Operation Reinhard(t)

Postby Lamprecht » 8 months 4 weeks ago (Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:30 am)

I did not see a dedicated thread to this. This document seems to refute the allegation that AR was some sort of extermination plan. The top secret 1944 Odilo Globočnik report to Himmler, along with its addendum suggests the AR system was primarily devoted to wealth seizure and also mentions that the people relocated "will receive a suitable compensation" which, obviously, would not make sense in the context of extermination.

From "The Gas Chambers of Sherlock Holmes" by Samuel Crowell: https://archive.org/stream/TheGasChambe ... l_djvu.txt
5.1 Globocnik Report to Himmler, 4024-PS
Globocnik’s report to Himmler is dated at the beginning of January 1944, and provides a detailed discussion of the economic aspects of the Reinhardt operation, above all enumerating the wealth seized from the deported Jews — about 100 million RM, equal to $40 million USD at that time. The report itemizes the deportation, employment of manpower, exploitation of property, and the seizure of hidden goods. Unfortunately, the document, except on money matters, is light on details, so it is hard to establish with any certainty the fate of the Jewish deportees. Of course, the traditional view insists that the “deportation” was merely code for mass murder, but Globocnik says nothing about exterminations in this top-secret report. On the other hand, the report also makes clear that tens of thousands of Jews are being employed at a variety of camps, among those mentioned Poniatowa, Budzyn, Trawniki, Radom, Plaszow (outside of Krakow, the site of Schindler’s List), and several camps in the vicinity of Lublin, but not including Majdanek.

The value of the report to traditional historians is that it outlines the plunder aspect of Reinhardt. I would suggest that the value of the report to revisionists is that it outlines the true nature of Reinhardt : a program for seizing, registering, and processing Polish Jews in camps and ghettos, along with some population transfers of Poles, ethnic Germans, and Ukrainians in southeast Poland. The document is also important because it describes many sites of Jewish forced labor, which bear further study. Furthermore, the bulk of these Jewish forced laborers must have been “processed” through the Reinhardt camps at Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec, which means that Reinhardt could not have been an extermination program, at least not in a complete sense.

5.2 Globocnik Report, Addendum

At the end of the document Globocnik itemizes seven points with roman numerals. For some reason, roman seven (VII) is missing from the most commonly available version of the document, but Robert Faurisson located it 25 years ago. It reads:

VII. The office is considering giving to relocated persons a certificate of what they will have left behind in the way of houses, farms, livestock and belongings of which inventory may be made, without, however, making any commitment for an obligatory compensation thereof. The future will decide whether such compensation must ensue some day in Brazil or in the Far East. It is only necessary to give transferred persons the feeling that there will ensue, later on, an indemnity for possessions left behind.

It is not obvious why this paragraph has been omitted, but the truncating of documents from the time of the Nuremberg trials is not something that should surprise. The typical source for both the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and the twelve trials of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal (NMT) is three sets of books produced under American auspices that in most cases provide severely edited versions of both documents and testimony Since the Americans were prosecutors, it is to be expected that the sets would show the selective bias of the prosecutors. However, all of the materials, including the complete transcripts, document collections, and preliminary interrogations, are available at the United States National Archives (NARA), and it is there that Faurisson made his discovery.

The missing paragraph supports the idea that the deportees are still living. On the other hand, since Globocnik’s report also includes some discussion of ethnic German and Polish population movements, one could argue that this paragraph pertains to them. However, the reference to future compensation in places like Brazil and the Far East presupposes emigration, and therefore I am fairly certain that Globocnik had in mind the future claims of plundered Polish Jews.

The report can be found at the following link:

Aktion Reinhardt, Globocnik Report, Himmler Reply

A letter from Samuel Crowell to David Irving highlights the points quite well:
Dear Mr. Irving:

Bearing in mind your ongoing interest in matters pertaining to the Holocaust I attach a lengthy report on Aktion Reinhardt written and compiled by Odilo Globocnik for RFSS Heinrich Himmler at the end of 1943. The report, as 4024-PS, is part of the Nuremberg record.

Although the document is rather long, I think you will agree that it provides a quite different picture of Aktion Reinhardt than we normally receive.

A few points of interest:

1. The Aktion seems to have been part of an overall expulsion and resettlement policy whereby not only Jews but also Poles and Ukrainians were being moved around by the Germans for the purposes of streamlining the ethnic composition of the area. In this respect the Aktion bears comparison to the expulsions carried out against the Germans after the war.
2. The Aktion also involved, as did the expulsions, the rather complete plundering of wealth.
3. Unlike the expulsions, however, the Aktion involved the exploitation of Jewish labor in a number of industries. Needless to say, this usage is at least not compatible with any extermination policy in the form that is usually claimed.
4. Globocnik makes several references either to the need for disinfection and sanitation or to the fact that many deportees were afflicted with spotted fever (typhus). These circumstances could have at least accounted for a significant percentage of the many lives that were no doubt lost in the course of the Aktion.
5. The reference to establishing agents on the sites of the former Aktion camps for purposes of surveillance appears to be connected with the fact that the camps (e.g., Belzec) were located on what was to be the future border of German settlement, and such surveillance would be necessary for the purpose of monitoring any return of deportees.
6. This is a top secret report for Heinrich Himmler: while there are references to rumor mongers, as well as to the rough treatment of Jewish people, there are no references to an extermination program, or to the materials needed to operate such a program. Even if we accept the thesis of code words, I would be hard-pressed to find any code words herein that refer to a program of extermination, far less one calling for the use of poison gas.
7. The only historical treatment of the Aktion Reinhardt that I know of is Yitzhak Arad's "Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: The Operation Reinhard Camps", Indiana UP: 1974. Like most orthodox Holocaust historians, Arad refers to the Aktion throughout as "Reinhard", and further offers the fanciful explanation that the Aktion was named in honor of the head of the RSHA, Reinhard Heydrich, who was assassinated in June of 1942. It is hard to understand why Arad persists in this error, since he quotes brief extracts of this document no less than half a dozen times in his book.

There is certainly much in this report that is not of much interest, but, under the circumstances, I think it best that the entire document should be available for consultation.

Globocnik supposedly used a cyanide capsule to commit suicide, shortly after being captured by the British.
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Re: 5 January 1944 Globocnik Report to Himmler (4024-PS) on Operation Reinhard(t)

Postby Lamprecht » 2 days 1 hour ago (Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:12 pm)

From: viewtopic.php?t=12920
Faurisson discusses where the document is found and discussed at Nuremberg:
At the Nuremberg trial, the prosecution used the selection of documents grouped under classification mark PS-4024 (published in Trial of the Major War Criminals [IMT] vol. XXXIV, p. 58-92), which concerns the economic part of Aktion Reinhardt. The matter was brought up during the hearings of August 5, 6 and 16, 1946. For its treatment in the August 5 session, pages 318-327 in volume XX of the English IMT are to be consulted (German version: p. 349-359). In the same volume XX, pages 422-424 contain its handling on August 6 (German version: p. 460-462). The relevant transcript from August 16 is to be found on pages 239-241 of volume XXI (German version: p. 268-270).
https://robertfaurisson.blogspot.com/20 ... -1986.html

So, here is the German text (page 58-92): https://www.loc.gov/rr/frd/Military_Law ... -XXXIV.pdf
"There is a principal which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance -- that principal is contempt prior to investigation."
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