These data merit a brief observation. It can be seen
that by calculating the average number of deportees per day, one establishes
that it is nearly 6,000 and that several times it exceeds 10,000. Once it even
reached 15,789. This gives a particularly grotesque meaning to Rassinier's
comments concerning Dr. Nyiszli's account. The former wrote: "it is clearly
obvious that the five trains per day, of 4,000 persons each at one point in his
testimony and of 5,000 at another, were an imbecility... (41, p. 18p). However, Veesenmayer wrote in the secret
telegram of May 4, 1944, that "the transfer of 310,000 Jews (...) is to begin
in the middle of May: four transports of 3,000 Jews each are planned each day"
(32, p. 235). We thus have all of the
elements necessary to decide where the imbecility was to be found.
4. The Korherr Report
It is not conceivable that the
administration of the Third Reich could not realize the number of victims of
the "final solution." This obvious fact has been fully confirmed by the Korherr
report which was found in the mass of documents assembled at the time of the
preparation of the first important trial of Nuremberg.
Its history is
On January 18, 1943, Himmler ordered Korherr,
"Inspekteur für Statistik" of the SS, to draw up a report on "The Final
Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe" ("Die Endlosung der
europäischen Judenfrage") (12). The
latter complied and on March 23, 1943, sent a sixteen-page report to the
SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. R. Brandt, of the personal staff of the
Reichsführer SS Himmler. The statistics ended at the date of December 31,
1942 (12). On April 9, 1943, Himmler wrote
to the Chief of the Sipo and of the SD that he found Korherr's report to be
excellent because it could later serve as camouflage but that for the moment he
forbade its diffusion. In the future he wanted to receive short monthly reports
concerning the number of Jews evacuated and how many still remained (13).
("Ich halte diesen Bericht als
allenfallsiges Material fur spätere Zeiten, und zwar zu Tarnungszwecken
für recht gut. Im Augenblick darf er werder Veröffentlicht noch
weitergegeben werden (...). In den kurzen Monatsmeldungen des
Sicherheitspolizei will ich ledeglich mitgeteilt bekommen, was monatlich
abgefahren worden ist und was zu diesem Zeitpunkt noch an Juden ubrig blieb.")
Appendix A for the first unabridged
publication of the two Korherr reports. The original German text is followed by
an Engish [sic] translation. Information is also provided concerning Korherr's
past and present activities (Editor's note).