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From: (Mike Curtis)
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In light of what Hoess said about selections and about Doctors looking
at people as they marched by we have the following from a Doctor

Major Winwood (defense) examines Fritz Klein(page 183):

Fritz Klein, . . . , I was born on 24th November, 1888, at Zeiden near
Kronstadt in Rumania. I am a Rumanian subject of German nationality. I
qualified as a doctor in Budapest . . .  .

Q: Where did you go in December, 1943?

A: I went to Auscwitz where Hoess was at that time Kommandant. Dr.
Wirtz was a senior doctor and told me where I had to work. I started
my duties in the women's compound in Auschwitz, continued in the gipsy
camp, then in the Jewish mixed family camp and finally in Auschwitz I.
There were seven or eight doctors in Auschwitz.

Q: Will you tell us what happened on selections?

A: Dr. Wirtz, when the first transport arrived, gave orders to divide
it into two parts, those who were fit to work and those who were not
fit, that is those who, because of their age, could not work, who were
weak, whose health was not very good, and also children up to the age
of fifteen. One looked at the person and, if she looked ill. asked a
few questions, but if the person was healthy then it was decided

Q: What happened to those people who were selected as capable of work?

A: The doctor had only to make the decision. What happened to them
afterwards was nothing to do with him.

Q: What happened to those people whom the doctors selected as unfit

A: The doctor had to make a selection but ad no influence on what was
going to happen. I have heard, and I know, that part of them were sent
to the gas chambers and the crematorium.

[ . . . ]

Q: Was your work completed when you had divided the transports into
fit for work or unfit?

A: Yes.

Q: Did you ever go down to the gas chamber yourself?

A: Yes, once, when it was not working. I had no duties to perform

Q: What was your personal opinion about this gas chamber business?

A: I did not approve, but I did not protest because that was no use at

[ . . . ]

Cross-examined by Colonel Backhouse (page 186):

Q: Dr. Klein, you are an educated man and were educated at a
non-German university. When you went to Auschwitz and found these
transports of people being taken to the gas chambers and being killed,
did you not realize that that was murder?

A: Yes.

Q: Is it not true that those who were not fit for work were simply

A: Yes.

Q: Those who were fit to work were beaten to their work, starved and
overcrowded until their turn came to go to the gas chamber; is that
not true?

A: I have not seen it happen, but if it did happen it was not right.

Q: Whilst you have been at concentration camps you have seen many
people beaten by the S.S.?

A: No, I have not seen that myself. I have received people into the
hospital who had been beaten by the S.S., but the majority were beaten
by Kapos and other inmates. I made a report to the Lagerfuehrer with
the names of those who had given beatings. I cannot say I reported
every beating.

[ . . . ]

Q: Have you seen S.S. women on these parades?

A: Yes.

Q: You, as a doctor, divided those who were healthy from those who
were to die, and S.S. marched them off?

A: Yes.

Q: Did none of them ever try to escape?

A: Sometimes.

[ . . . ]

Q: When the Hungarian transports arrived was the gas chamber working
day and night then?

A: It might have been.

Q: Were they not sent to the gas chamber?

A: I do not know exactly, but I believe so.
Mike Curtis


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