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RARE ORIGINAL 1944 DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THE DESIGNER OF AUSCHWITZ & MAJDANEK
AND LATER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE V-2 WEAPONS PROGRAM
SS-GRUPPENFÜHRER & GENERALLEUTNANT DER WAFFEN-SS HANS KAMMLER
FULL MONEY BACK GUARANTEE FOR AUTHENTICITY
SS-Obergruppenführer Joachim Hans Kammler was responsible for civil engineering projects for the Nazis, such as the construction of concentration camps and for the top secret V-weapons (V = Vergeltungswaffen or revenge weapons) program.
He oversaw the construction of various Nazi concentration camps before being put in charge of the V-2 rocket and Emergency Fighter Programs towards the end of World War II. Kammler disappeared in May 1945, during the final days of the war. There has been much conjecture regarding his fate.
Before joining Oswald Pohl’s organization at the SS Main Economic and Administrative Office (WVHA), Kammler had already been advising the SS Race and Settlement Office as a consultant. In June 1941, he joined the Waffen-SS. Due to Himmler’s desire to increase the pace and scale of SS construction activities Kammler was released as an adviser in the Reichskommissariat for the Reinforcement of Germandom, so his technical and managerial competencies could be exploited. In the person of Kammler, Allen writes, “technological competence and extreme Nazi fanaticism coexisted in the same man.” Even Albert Speer—Hitler’s chief architect—came to fear Kammler and placed him among “Himmler’s most brutal and most ruthless henchmen.” Kammler was known to scrutinize the education of his subordinates as well as their ideological commitment to National Socialism, which he factored into their duty assignments and promotions.
Immediately after being assigned to the WVHA, Kammler became Pohl’s deputy, where he worked with SS-Gruppenführer Richard Glücks of Office D (Concentration Camps Inspectorate), and was also named Chief of Office C, which designed and constructed all the concentration and extermination camps. On 26 September 1941—just days after the announcement of the plan for Majdanek—Kammler ordered the construction of the largest of the camps at Auschwitz. On December 19, 1941, Kammler updated Himmler about the slow progress at both Auschwitz-Birkenau and Majdanek, remarking that construction was delayed due to the freezing weather, lack of materials, and insufficient manpower. By late March 1942, the systematic mass deportation of Jews to Auschwitz had begun. Historian Nikolaus Wachsmann states that Kammler “was intimately involved in all the major building projects in Auschwitz.” For instance, in his capacity within the WVHA, Kammler oversaw the installation of more efficient cremation facilities at Auschwitz-Birkenau, when the Nazis converted it into an extermination camp. Under Kammler’s supervision, new crematoria were planned during August 1942 at Birkenau to facilitate burning up to one-hundred twenty thousand corpses per month.
After the RAF successfully bombed the rocket production facilities at Peenemünde during August 1943, Reich Ministry of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer recommended transferring the V-2 rocket production underground Hitler immediately agreed with Speer, and the two decided that the SS, with its massive supply of slave labor, was best suited for this task As the SS construction chief, Kammler was selected to oversee the project—along with representatives Gerhard Degenkolb and Karl Maria Hettlage from Speer’s ministry—which began at a huge fuel storage facility in Thuringia under the Mittelwerke GmbH.
By the end of August 1943, Kammler had a sizable detachment of concentration camp inmates from Buchenwald working at the new underground installation, and before the year was out there were so many slave laborers that another facility (Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp) had to be established. The secret weapons projects for which Kammler was given responsibility included manufacturing both the Messerschmitt Me 262 and the V-2, which Kammler—in a construction effort of ruthless brutality and speed—had in production before the end of 1943. The tunnels and weapons were built in horrendous conditions by the slave laborers from Mittelbau-Dora. Research has found that of the 60,000 people that passed through Mittelbau-Dora camp, an estimated 10,000 died producing the V2 alone, which is double the roughly 5,000 killed by the weapon system in Britain and Belgium combined. More than 20,000 died at Mittelbau-Dora in total throughout the camp’s existence. Kammler’s attitude towards the prisoners was utter indifference, having once exclaimed, “Don’t worry about the victims. The work must proceed ahead in the shortest time possible”. In the final weeks of the war in Europe, Kammler’s movements became sketchy and contradictory and there are several versions about his disappearance and death. [source: Wikipedia]
The document, dated 8 December 1944 and signed in ink by SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS, Kommandeur der Division z.V. Hans Kammler is an award document for a private from the 1st Construction Pioneer Battalion 211 who was awarded with the War Merit Cross 2nd class.
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