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camps which we owe to the compiler Rassinier, who did nothing other than relentlessly distort the patient work of others without ever succeeding.

Rassinier wrote that one day in the month of June 1963,
"I received a strange visit: a tall German of a fine presence, appearing to be about sixty (in the conversation I learnt that he was in reality very much older), something military in his bearing, of an extreme distinction and an exquisite politeness (...). First of all, he introduced himself and told me the purpose of his visit; and he insisted that it be kept confidential. I promised him that, and it is the reason for which the presentation of the character as well as the circumstances of this meeting are found here only in terms which absolutely cannot allow his identification, the content of the conversation which we had being the only thing rigourously authentic."
The very distinguished person related to Rassinier that he had been a "senior officer of very high rank in a very important department," that after the war he had been denazified, which had created "endless trouble" for him, and excused himself for the "cowardice which had ordered him" to remain silent until that time. That specified, the person declared to Rassinier,
"You assure (...) that none of the witnesses who claimed to have been present at exterminations by gassing have until now ever been able to affirm that in your presence (...). Well then, I have come to tell you that I myself was present at an extermination by gassing."
And he explained himself:
"(...) I was on mission to Lublin, and I had just gone into Globocnik's when Gerstein had himself announced; (...) I found myself again with him in Belzec the next day."
A résumé follows of the conversation, Rassinier drafted this summary "to retain only what was essential in it":
"(...) Globocnik had spoken only of Belzec, but absolutely not of the other camps cited. He had not, moreover, begun by speaking of extermination but only of the disinfection of clothing (...) deploring the scanty possibilities of disinfection at the camp of Belzec, he said that he himself had found a very expeditious means which at the same time radically resolved the Jewish question: his Diesel engine in Belzec. But, Globocnik added, I should have to dispose of a more powerful gas (...) and that is why I have sent Günter to Gerstein with the objective of obtaining from him (Gerstein) what his department had that was best adapted to this task, for then one could proceed on a large-scale to the solution of the Jewish question in this manner."
At that moment the mysterious personage asked Globocnik a question;
"(...) that is a crime, and you are sure that is what the Führer means by definitive solution?" Globocnik limited himself to answering, "Yes, I am sure of it" (...) and, with a very knowing look, without stating precisely from whom he had his mission but in such a way that one could believe that it was from the Führer himself, he insisted upon its secret, ultra-secret nature. In contrast to what is said in the Gerstein document, he did not state precisely that Himmler and Hitler were in Lublin two days previously: pure invention." (...)
"In Belzec he saw the camp: a very small camp, a few shanties which could contain four or five hundred persons. He saw them walking about in this camp, fat, in good health, all Jews. (...) A very small station at which arrived from time to time, by the sole track, a train of a few cars full
     
   

 
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