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the farm houses of these border directly on the concentration camp. A local inspection held on the 21st of this month revealed the following: "There is no room for doubt that agricultural enterprises bordering on the concentration camp must be confiscated at once. In addition, the camp commandant requests that further plots of farm land be placed at his disposal, so that he can keep the prisoners busy. This, too, can be done without difficulty since enough land can be made available for the purpose. The owners of the plots are all Poles."
I next quote from Page 2, lines 22 to 31, of the English text of this same exhibit. The German text is at Page 12, Paragraph 2, continuing through to line 22 from the top of the page. I quote:

"I had the following discussion with the chief of the labor office in Bielsko:

"The lack of agricultural laborers still exists in the Old Reich. The transfer of the previous owners of the confiscated agricultural enterprises to the Reich as farm workers, together with their entire families, is possible without any difficulty. It is only necessary for the labor office to receive the lists of the persons in time, in order to enable it to take the necessary steps (collection of transportation; distribution over the various regions in need of such labor)."
Finally, I quote from Page 3 of this same exhibit, lines 6 to 13 of the English text. The German text appears at Page 13, the last three lines, continuing through to Page 14, line 9:

"The confiscation of these Polish enterprises in Alzen will also be carried out within the next few days. The commandant of the concentration '.camp will furnish SS men and a truck for the execution of the action. Should it not yet be possible to take the Poles from Alzen to Auschwitz" — and Auschwitz, Your Honors will recall, is where the concentration camp was — "they should be transferred to the empty castle at Zator. The liberated Polish property is to be given to the needy racial German farmers for their use."
In order to regularize the program of confiscation, Defendant Göring issued a decree on September 17, 1940. This decree appears in the Reichsgesetzblatt, 1940, Part I, Page 1270; and I ask the Tribunal to take judicial notice of it. Under Section 2 of this decree sequestration of movable and immovable property, stores, and other intangible property, interests of Jews and "persons who have fled or are not merely temporarily absent", was made mandatory. In addition, sequestration was authorized under Section 2, Subsection 2, if the property was required "for the public welfare, particularly in the interests of Reich defense or the strengthening of German