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RARE ORIGINAL 1941 DOCUMENT SIGNED BY BELZEC MASS MURDERER
SS-HAUPTSCHARFüHRER LORENZ HACKENHOLT
HE DESIGNED, BUILT AND OPERATED THE FIRST GAS CHAMBERS IN BELZEC AND PERSONALLY CARRIED OUT THE MURDER OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY
Lorenz Hackenholt (26 June 1914 – missing 1945, declared legally dead as of 31 December 1945, but believed to have still been alive) was a member of the Schutzstaffel (SS) with the rank of Hauptscharführer (First Sergeant). During World War II Hackenholt built and operated the gas chamber at the Bełżec extermination camp in occupied Poland. In so doing, he personally carried out the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. Hackenholt was deeply involved in the operation of death camps during the deadliest phase of the Holocaust in Poland, known as Operation Reinhard, as well as in other Nazi war crimes, including the murder of mental patients and the disabled in Action T4 programme of forced euthanasia. In 1933, Hackenholt volunteered for the SS. After joining the SS he was sent to a training school on 1 January 1934. After that he volunteered for service in the army, where he was assigned to the 12th Engineers’ Battalion. After two years military service he was discharged, and then joined the SS Death’s Head troops. He was a skilled driver and mechanic and, beginning in March 1938, served at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in the motor pool. He also worked as a guard at Sachsenhausen.
Action T4, the so-called “Euthanasia Program”, lasted from early 1940 until the summer of 1941 when the gassings were stopped on Hitler’s orders. In November 1939 Hackenholt was assigned to Action T4, when he was transferred to Berlin for ‘special duty’. This special duty was under Viktor Brack. According to Werner Karl Dubois, another camp guard transferred to special duty with Hackenholt:
Photographs of extreme cases of mental illness were shown to us. We were told that … the institutions from which the mentally ill were to be taken were needed as military hospitals. We were further told that gas chambers were to be built in which the victims would be gassed, after which they would be cremated. We, anyway, would have nothing to do with the killings, we would only have to cremate the corpses.
There were six T4 killing facilities. Hackenholt served in all of them. He drove a bus with the SS staff from facility to facility. He also removed the bodies from the gas chambers and burned them. For a while Hackenholt was a driver for SS-Untersturmführer Dr. August Becker, the T4 chemist who was responsible for delivering bottled carbon monoxide gas from I.G. Farben manufacturing plants to the T4 gas chambers. Hackenholt worked primarily in Grafeneck and Sonnenstein.
In the fall of 1941, some of the Action T4 personnel, including Hackenholt, were transferred to Lublin Reservation in occupied Poland where they came under the authority of SS-Brigadeführer Odilo Globocnik. On vacation leave, Hackenholt went to Berlin to marry Ilse Zillmer, who was then 29 years old. Hackenholt returned to Poland and was sent to Bełżec, a remote labour camp near the rail station, to conduct experiments to establish a method for the mass-murder of Jews by gassing. Hackenholt set up three gas chambers in an insulated barracks. Using engine exhaust, piped into the chambers from a disassembled Soviet tank, Hackenholt murdered over 50,000 Jews in one month (mid-March to mid-April 1942). In August 1942, Hackenholt built and operated newer and larger gas chambers at Belzec. Once Belzec came into operation, a sign was placed over the gas chambers which said “Hackenholt Foundation”; with potted geraniums on either side of the entrance. Hackenholt also designed and operated gas chambers at the Treblinka and Sobibor extermination camps.
Hackenholt, who was called “Hacko” by other guards, was a tough, large man who was willing and able to do any task at the extermination camps, although he reportedly balked at cleaning up seeping corruption from bodies rotting in mass graves. At Belzec, where all ages of people were murdered, some Jews, because of infirmity or age, could not enter the gas chamber. These people were instead laid down in the mass graves, and, according to the testimony of other guards, shot by Hackenholt. In 1943, when Himmler ordered the mass graves at Belzec to be reopened and the bodies burned, Hackenholt was in charge of the operation. Himmler considered Hackenholt to be “one of the most deserving men of Operation Reinhard” (German: einer der verdientesten Männer der Aktion Reinhard). In December 1943, Hackenholt and other personnel from Operation Reinhard were transferred to northern Italy (Trieste), where they attempted to find and murder the few remaining Italian Jews. In 1944 Hackenholt was awarded the Iron Cross (Second Class) for his role in Operation Reinhard.
Colleagues from Einsatz R were last seen in Austria at the time of his unit’s retreat. On the way to Kirbach, their car column had to supposedly avoid a horse-drawn dairy car driven by Hackenholt.
In the summer of 1945, Rudolf Kamm, an essayist from the Bełżec crew, was to report to Hackenholt’s wife Ilse (née Zillmer, b. 1912), who was in Berlin at the time. He claimed that Hackenholt sent him to his wife to give him civilian clothes through him. Hackenholt was supposedly killed in Italy in 1945, possibly by execution for selling guns to the partisans. However, this was never quite certain. Hackenholt disappeared after 1945 and based on an application by his wife was declared dead by a Berlin court on 1 April 1954, with an official date of death of 31 December 1945. It is believed that Hackenholt had survived the war and was living under a false name somewhere in Germany. [source: Wikipedia]
The document, dated 10 November 1941 is a declaration Hackenholt signed in which he confirms that he has no debt and that the assets he owns are accurately reported to the SS.
This item ships 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 document and signature. Includes shipping worldwide.
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