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1940/41 HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE BUILDER OF BELZEC, SOBIBOR, TREBLINKA

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ORIGINAL 1940/41 HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM THE BUILDER OF BELZEC, SOBIBOR, TREBLINKA

SS-HAUPTSTURMFüHRER RICHARD THOMALLA

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              SS-Hauptsturmführer Richard Thomalla, a civil engineer by profession, was head of the SS Central Building Administration at Lublin reservation in occupied Poland. Thomalla was in charge of construction of the death camps Bełżec, Sobibor and Treblinka for the Operation Reinhard during the Holocaust in Poland. Thomalla became a member of the Nazi Party in 1932: (no. 1,238,872) and SS (no. 41,206).

The first death camp to be constructed under Thomalla’s supervision was Bełżec. Construction started on 1 November 1941 and was completed in March 1942. He then proceeded to design and supervise the construction of Sobibor in March 1942. Workers employed for building the camp were local people from neighboring villages and towns. These workers consisted of about eighty Jews from ghettos within the vicinity of the camp. A squad of ten watchmen trained at Trawniki concentration camp guarded these workers. Upon completion of the camp, these Jews were shot. When Thomalla completed his building assignment in Sobibor he was replaced there as commandant by Franz Stangl in April 1942. He then proceeded to Treblinka which copied the design of Sobibor, with some improvements. Between July 1942 and October 1943, around 850,000 people were murdered in Treblinka. Thomalla was reportedly executed by the NKVD (Soviet secret police) in Jičín, Czechoslovakia on 12 May 1945. [source: Wikipedia]

The handwritten note in Thomalla’s handwriting says: ‘SS Obersturmführer Thomalls z.Z. im Stab der SS und Pol. Führung in Lublin. SS Nr. 41206’ (SS Obersturmf. Thomalla currently in the headquarters of the SS and Police in Lublin, followed by his SS number).

The documents ship from one of our affiliates in Germany. It comes from a private collection and has never been offered for sale before. It was purchased directly out of a German foundation. The seller gives a full money back guarantee for the authenticity of the documents and signature. Includes shipping worldwide.

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