Cable from Richard Glücks to Rudolf regarding the transfer of Zyklon B
A memo to Rudolf from his superior, Richard Glücks, regarding the transfer of Zyklon B.
A memo to Rudolf from his superior, Richard Glücks, regarding the transfer of Zyklon B. In the summer of 1941 Rudolf was tasked by Himmler with carrying out the ‘Final Solution’: ‘to prepare Auschwitz to become a site of mass annihilations’. Rudolf realised that the method of execution he currently employed would not work. Part of the solution was found two months later when Rudolf ’s thirty-nine-year-old deputy, Karl Fritzsch, told him about an experiment which he had recently completed. Fritzsch had thrown some Zyklon B granules – used at the time as an insecticide to exterminate the camp’s rats – into a small cell in Block 11 holding a group of Russian prisoners. After waiting only a few minutes, he had observed that all the prisoners had died. Rudolf had ‘solved’ the problem handed to him by Himmler: to find a technique for murdering hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of people.
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