On another occasion, Sereny asked Stangl: 'What did you think at the time was the reason for the exterminations?'
'They wanted the Jews' money,' he replied.
'You can't be serious!' she exclaimed.
'But, of course. Have you any idea of the fantastic sums that were involved? That's how the steel from Sweden was bought.'
'But.' Sereny argued, 'they weren't all rich...There were hundreds of thousands of them from ghettoes in the East who had nothing...'
'Nobody had nothing,' said Stangl. 'Everybody had something.'
As if to confirm Stangl's reasoning, Simon Wiesenthal cites a document signed by Stangl: a roster of items delivered by his Treblinka administration to SS headquarters in Berlin between 1 October 1942 and 2 August 1943:
25 freight cars of women's hair
248 freight cars of clothing
100 freight cars of shoes
22 freight cars of dry goods
46 freight cars of drugs
254 freight cars of rugs and bedding
400 freight cars of various used articles
2,800,000 American dollars
400,000 British pounds
12 million Soviet rubles
140 million zlotys
400,000 gold watches
145,000 kilograms golden wedding rings
4,000 karats of diamonds over 2 karats
120 million zlotys in various gold coins
Several thousand strings of pearls
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