Hagen Letter: "...to deal with 1/3 of the Poles ... as with the Jews, that is, to kill them"

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Hagen Letter: "...to deal with 1/3 of the Poles ... as with the Jews, that is, to kill them"

Postby Lamprecht » 2 weeks 4 days ago (Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:21 pm)

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 Abschrift.

Warschau, den 7. Dezember 1942.
Brieffach 54.
bis 27. XII. Anschrift:
Augsburg, Zeugplatz 7.

Dr. Wilhelm Hagen
Stadtmedizinalrat
Amtsarzt der Stadt Warschau
Bezirksleiter des Reichstuberkulose-Ausschusses im GG


An den Führer des Großdeutschen Reiches Adolf Hitler

Mein Führer!

Nach Beratung mit einem langjahrigen Freunde Friedrich Weber, "Oberlandweber" - einem Manne, dessen Ergebenheit zu Ihnen, meinem Führer, ausser allem Zweifel steht, bitte ich Sie, mich in folgender Sache zu hören, da Weber selbst durch Krankheit verhindert ist, die Vermittlung zu übernehmen:

Bei einer Regierungsbesprechung über die Tuberkulosebekämpfung wurde uns von dem Leiter der Abteilung Bevölkerungswesen und Fürsorge, Oberverwaltungsrat Weirauch als geheime Reichssache mitgeteilt, es sei beabsichtigt oder werde erwogen, bei der Umsiedlung von 200.000 Polen im Osten des Generalgouvernements zwecks Ansiedlung deutscher Wehrbauern, mit einem Drittel der Polen - 70 000 alten Leuten und Kindern unter 10 Jahren so zu verfahren, wie mit den Juden, das heisst, sie zu töten.


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Warsaw, December 7, 1942.

Letter box 54.
until 27.XII. Address:Augsburg, Zeugplatz 7.

Dr. Wilhelm Hagen
Stadtmedizinalrat
Medical officer of the city of Warsaw
District leader of the Reich Tuberculosis Committee in the Generalgouvernement

To the leader of the Greater German Reich Adolf Hitler

My Führer!

After consulting with a longtime friend Friedrich Weber, "Oberlandweber" - a man whose devotion to you, my Führer, is out of all doubt, I ask you to hear me in the following matter, since Weber himself is prevented by illness to take over the mediation:

At a government meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, we were informed by the head of the Department of Population and Welfare, Oberverwaltungsrat Weirauch as a secret Reich Affair, it is intended or considered, in the course of the resettlement of 200,000 Poles in the east of the General Government to settle German Wehrbauern, to deal with a third of the Poles - with 70,000 old people and children under the age of 10, as with the Jews, that is, to kill them.
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Wilhelm Hagen was a medical officer of Warsaw, and allegedly sent this letter to Hitler. In the alleged letter of 7 December 1942 Hagen writes that Lothar Weirauch (head of Department of Population and Welfare) considered to "kill" 1/3 of the 200,000 Poles to be resettled (old people and children under 10) "as with the Jews" and asked for Hitler's opinion on what to do.


It is found in the following sources:
Raul Hilberg, The Destruction of the European Jews, Fayard, 1988, p. 447. Complete original version of the passage quoted in: Benno Müller-Hill, Tödliche Wissenschaft: Die Aussonderung von Juden, Zigeunern und Geisteskranken, 1933-1945, Rowohlt, 1984, p. 57 (Benno Müller-Hill, Nazi Science, Science of Death, The Extermination of Jews, Gypsies, and Mentally Ill People, 1933-1945, Odile Jacob, 1989, 56). Original version in German: "Bei einer Regierungsbesprechung über die Tuberkulosebekämpfung wurde und von dem Leiter der Abteilung Bevölkerungswesen und Fürsorge, Oberwaltungsrat Weirauch, als Geheime Reichssache mitgeteilt, es sei beabsichtigt oder werde erwogen, bei der Umsiedlung von 200 000 Polen im Osten from the Generalgouvernements zwecks Ansiedlung deutscher Wehrbauern mit einem Drittel der Polen - 70 000 alten Leuten und Kindern unter 10 Jahren so zu verfahren, wie mit den Juden, das heißt sie zu töten ».
This document has been known for a long time. The complete German version of Wilhelm Hagen's letter was published at the latest in 1958 in the Polish history journal Przegląd Zachodni (Karol Marian Pospieszalski, "Protest dra Wilhelma Hagena przeciw zamierzo nemu wymordowaniu czesci ludnosci zamojszczyzny w latach 1942-1943 [Dr. Hagen's protest against the mass murder of part of the population of Zamosc in 1942-1943], Przegląd Zachodni, March 1958, Volume 14 No. 1, p. As early as October 1958, the article in question was mentioned in French ("Bibliographie", Revue d'histoire du Second World War, No. 32, 106). At the beginning of 1959, Hagen's correspondence was specifically presented in the same journal (Jean B. Neveux, "About occupied Poland", Revue d'histoire du Second World War, January 1959, No. 33, p. 1960 (KM Pospieszalski, "The status of the Polish people under the German occupation", Revue d'histoire du Second World War, January 1960, No. 40, p.20). In June 1959, Przegląd Zachodni's article and Hagen's protest were presented in German in Historische Zeitschrift (section "Neueste Geschichte (1871-1945)", Historische Zeitschrift, Bd., 187, H. 3, 724). A complete translation of Wilhelm Hagen's letter published by Karol Marian Pospieszalski appears in issue 2 (July-August-September 1959) of the magazine Cahiers Pologne Allemagne (page 92-96). Other mentions follow in other languages ​​(in particular in English), but the passage that we quote from the letter of Wilhelm Hagen is really the subject of a wide diffusion from 1965 with the publication of the well-known Anatomy of the SS-Staates - Gutachten of the Institutes für Zeitgeschichte. Hagen's letter is quoted in the first volume, Hans Buchheim, Martin Broszat, Hans-Adolf Jacobsen, Helmut Krausnick (eds.), Anatomy of the SS-Staates, vol. 1, Hans Buchheim. Die SS, das Herrschaftsinstrument, Befehl and Gehorsam, Olten: Walter-Verlag, 1965, p. 358).
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