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Letter from SS-Untersturmfuehrer Dr. Rascher to SS-Sturmbannfuehrer
Rudolph Brandt, October 3 1942
[Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals - 
Washington, U.S Govt. Print. Off., 1949-1953, Vol. I, p. 221-222]
The Reich leader SS wants to be informed of the state of the
experiments. I can announce that the experiments have been
concluded, with the exception of those on warming with body
heat. The final report will be ready in about 5 days. Prof.
Holzloehner, for reasons I cannot fathom, does not himself
want to make the report to the Reich Leader Himmler and has
asked me to attend to it. This report must be made before
20 October, because the great Luftwaffe [German air-force]
conference on freezing takes place on Nuernberg on 25 October.
The report on the results of our research must be made there,
to assure that they be used in time for the troops. May I ask 
you to arrange for a decision from the Reich Leader regarding
the final report to him, and the submission to him of the
relevant material? 

Today I received your letter of 22 September 1942, in which the
Reich Leader orders that the experiments on warming through
body heat must absolutely be conducted. Because of incomplete
address it was delayed. Today I asked Obersturmbannfuehrer
Sievers to send a telegram to the camp commander immediately,
to the effect that four Gypsy women be procured at once
from another camp. Moreover, I asked SS Obersturmbannfuehrer
Sievers to take steps to have the low pressure chamber ready
for use.

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