'British Intelligence -- revisionists?'
astro3 wrote:German Labour-camps - the shocking truth
Here is a decrypt from British Intelligence, which was cracking the German codes, made in July 1942. I photocopied it from the Public Records Office, Kew (in West London, near Richmond):V Labour and Industry
The shortage of manpower leads to a considerable employment of prisoners outside as well as inside concentration camps. There are constant enquiries regarding the trade of prisoners and evidence on the part of undertakings and firms of demand for prisoner labour.
On May 1st, LUBLIN can provide: 1200 clerical workers and students, 200 bakers, 150 butchers, 350 agricultural workers and 800 workers of various trades, total 2700. (85/7). On the same date DR. CAESAR is informed that KL RAVENSBRUECK disposes of 3 German speaking women horticulturalists and 2 botanists. (85/12). The transfer of 95 skilled workers and 180 unskilled workers to the GUSTLOFF works is arranged on May 13th at the rate of RM 5,00 per day and per prisoner for skilled workers, and RM 4,00 for unskilled workers. (60/8). KL DACHAU sends 18 prisoners to the Versuchsanstald fuer Ernaehrung und Verpflegung on May 15th., at a rate of RM 0,30 per day per prisoner. (70/8) 20 prisoners are required on June 22nd. For laying a field cable from ENNSDORF to MAUTHAUSEN (139/15). In KL FLOSSENBUERG, prisoners who are not fit for heavier work will be employed on repair work, and the finishing of children’s toys. (80/28). A demand for 30 to 40 prisoners comes from a cement factory (131/18). HIMMLER himself requires by 10 A.M. on May 27th. the number of glass blowers available in KLa (86/34); and canvassing of makers of musical instruments in proceeding in JULY (174/1).
At last it can be told: prisoners not fit for heavier work had to - finish off children's toys!
as I understand it, this was composed by a German and only decrypted by British intel.
Next to the numbers of different groups in the camps, that I've cited above (Russians, Poles & Jews) these comments were written:
Dachau: on 19 May, 18 prisoners to be transferred.
20 May 67 prisoners leave.
20 carpenters sent from Dachau to Mauthausen.
Auschwitz: A Pole escaped 13 May.
15 May Himmler expresses his interest in the tanning experiments.
9 June: Typhus, 18 out of 106 died.
Mauthausen: 4 May: a prisoner is shot in flight
Two lines of total camp inmate numbers were given: 9 March 5600, 2 April 5367 and the comment made: 'fall in numbers is presumably caused by separating off civilian Russians.' (They had decided only to count Russian military?)
I'd say these comments are a final nail in the coffin of the belief that these were 'death-camps' designed for extermination.