In Prague, big red posters were put up on which one could read that seven Czechs had been shot today. I said to myself, ‘If I had to put up a poster for every seven Poles shot, the forests of Poland would not be sufficient to manufacture the paper.
We are not receiving provisions, fuel or ammunition, too many Ju 52s are being shot down. In the evening Corporal Markmann of the infantry company fell as the result of a mortar attack. The Russians broke through the regiment on the right over a length of 400 metres because the trench complement turned and took to their heels. The will to resist and leadership personalities are lacking.
Himmler envisaged Auschwitz as the main hub of a huge semi-industrial complex. Here the transports would arrive and then selected Jews would be sent to work at one of the many sub-camps being built nearby. Then, when they were no longer required or deemed unfit for work, they could be transported the few miles back to the camp, and exterminated.
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