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"Prefecture of Police, Police Station of the Ward of Notre Dame desChamps.
Paris, July 26,1945
Received from the Prison of Cherche-Midi the corpse of Kurt Gerstein for transport to the Medico-Legal Institute for autopsy.
The Police Superintendant, [sic]
Signed: (illegible)
(Stamp of the Police Station, City of Paris, Ward of Notre Dame des Champs).
Certified true copy by the Officer Clerk of Court, Chief of the Central Depository of Archives of the Military Justice.

Moreover, Pierre Joifroy reproduces the report of the colonel commanding the military prison of Paris to the Ministry of War on page 290 of his fine book "The Spy of God" (25) devoted to Gerstein and written after a thorough investigation made with a seriousness and talent which are completely lacking in the compiler, Rassinier:
"At 2:15 P.M. on July 25 the sergeant major and guard Dubois Dandien advised me that the chief sergeant Entz, working on the second floor, had just found, hanged in his cell, the prisoner Kurt Gerstein, German subject locked up since July 5, 1945, charged with "war crimes, murder and complicity."
Sergeant Entz, assisted by sergeant-major André Ucci, cut the rope and began artificial respiration. The firemen of the barracks of Vieux-Colombier, who had been alerted, went to the establishment and pronounced death. The prisoner hanged himself with the help of a small rope made up from a piece of blanket which he had afterwards hung on the window of his cell; his head was turned towards the wall and his feet touched the floor.
The prisoner had first of all occupied a cell with three other Germans, indicted on the same charge.
At the request of Colonel Sauzey, Gerstein had been placed on July 20, 1945, in an individual cell in order not to be able to repeat the facts of his interrogation to his fellow-citizens.
It is to be feared that the three other Germans seek to take their own lives in the same fashion, and it is materially impossible to avoid that such events recur unless one strips them naked and takes away all of the bedclothes."
Here are the extracts from another document concerning the meeting of Gerstein with the two allied officers (36, pp. 12 13), the American John W. Haught, employed by the company du Pont de Nemours, and the Englishman Derek Curtis Evans, major in the British scientific service, who are the "minus habens armed to the teeth" born of Rassinier's imagination:
"The present assessors met Dr. Gerstein by chance in a requisitioned hotel in Rottweil. He told us that we were the first Americans or English that he had seen and that he wanted to speak to us of what he knew about the German concentration camps. (...) He obtained a responsible position in the Nazi Party. In this capacity, he attended meetings in the course of which the fate of the prisoners of the concentration camps was discussed. Asked whether he was aware of the utilization of gas chambers for the killing of prisoners, he answered that as an engineer he had often had to give advice on the functioning of these chambers. He said that the two gases utilized were cyanhydric acid and the exhaust fumes of internal combustion engines. (...) He said.., that in the case of HCN, death was nearly instantaneous, whereas a period of fifteen to twenty minutes was necessary in the case of the exhaust fumes. Dr. Gerstein escaped from the Nazis only about three weeks ago: it is very obvious that he is still affected by his experiences and he speaks of them with difficulty. But he ardently
 
   
   

 
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