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Offered for sale is this original pre-1945 document, signed by SS-Obersturmbannführer Hermann Krumey. He was centrally involved in the extermination of the Jews during World War II. From 1940 to 1943, Krumey coordinated the expulsion of Poles from the territories of Wartheland, Danzig-West Prussia and East Upper Silesia, annexed by the German Reich. As a senior employee in the Sondereinsatzkommando Eichmann, he organized the deportation of Hungarian Jews to the extermination camps in 1944 as Eichmann’s deputy. Krumey was sentenced to life imprisonment by German courts for murder in 1969. He served this sentence until shortly before his death in 1981. In the context of the legal processing of the Nazi acts in the Federal Republic of Germany, the verdict had a “clear exceptional character” due to the nature of the guilty verdict (conviction for murder and not for aiding and abetting murder of a desk offender) and the amount of the sentence.

In November 1939, after the end of the invasion of Poland, Krumey was transferred by the SS Personnel Main Office to the staff of the Higher SS and Police Leader (HSSPF) Wilhelm Koppe in The Wartheland and assigned there to the “Office for resettlement of Poles and Jews” under SS-Obersturmbannführer Albert Rapp. In March 1940, the office was subordinated to the Chief of the Security Police and the SD, the new name was ‘Umwandererzentralstelle Posen (UWZ)’. Part of the office was located in Łódź, it was called “Umwandererzentralstelle Posen/Dienstz” (Łódź was renamed Litzmannstadt only in April 1940). Krumey became the independent head of the UWZ Litzmannstadt office.

As a member of the Security Police (Sipo) and the SD, Krumey was now responsible for the deportation of ” foreign people ” (Poles and Jews)in the Warthegau, to which a total of over 390,000 people fell victim. To this end, Krumey maintained up to twelve branch offices of his office and operated at least five concentration camps for Polish families expelled from their homes. As part of the Zamość campaign, which was intended to Germanize large parts of the Lublin district, he had almost 10,000 Poles expelled, working closely with Odilo Globocnik (we have adocument signed by him listed as well). In 1942 he organized at least six transports of Jews from the Zamość camp to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

In the summer of 1941, a Sonderkommando under Krumey’s leadership was sent to Croatia to promote the internment of Jews in concentration camps.

In June 1942, 98 children in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia became parentless after their fathers were murdered together with all the other men in the Massacre of Lidice and their mothers were sent together with the other women to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. After three of the 98 children were selected by representatives of the SS-Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt (RSHA) on site as “capable of Germanization”, and seven children under one year of age were given to a Prague children’s home as still too young for a “racial pattern”, 88 children between the ages of one and 15 remained, who were deported by train to the youth concentration camp in Gneisenaustraße in Litzmannstadt. In Litzmannstadt, the local RuSHA director Walter Dongus selected a further seven “children capable of re-Germanization”, who were given German names after a stopover in a home in Puschkau in order to then leave them to German foster families. Krumey reported on 22 June 1942 in a telex to Standartenführer Hans Ehlich of Unit III B of the RSHA that he had turned to Eichmann’s RSHA Unit IV B4 because of the whereabouts of the remaining 81 children, assuming that the children should be given “special treatment”. The 81 children were then taken to the Kulmhof extermination camp (Chełmno), where they were gassed.  14 days after Lidice, the inhabitants of the Bohemian village of Ležáky were also murdered. Once again, twelve orphans (together with six other children for “Germanization”) were sent to Krumey in Litzmannstadt, where they were handed over to the Gestapo on July 25, 1942, which took them to Kulmhof for gassing. Krumey’s telex to Eichmann dated 22 June 1942 was used as exhibit T/1094 in the Eichmann trial.

Krumey volunteered from the Sipo/SD to the Reich Security Main Office, where he was assigned to Unit IV B 4. With the beginning of the occupation of Hungary by the Wehrmacht on 19 March 1944 (“Operation Margarethe”), Krumey was transferred to Hungary. He was part of the Sonderkommando Eichmann, which had the task of exterminating the Hungarian Jews. Krumey was Adolf Eichmann’s deputy and organized a Judenrat and the transports to Auschwitz. He became known for the perfidious postcard campaign from the Thuringian spa town of Waldsee. In addition to Eichmann and Krumey, Otto Hunsche (administration and legal issues) and Dieter Wisliceny were also part of the leadership of the Sonderkommando (we have original documents signed by them on this website as well).

After negotiations with an aid committee led by Joel Brand, Krumey sent 21,000 Jews to the Strasshof camp to receive aid deliveries in exchange for the prisoners, including 10,000 trucks (“blood for goods”). Most of the isolated prisoners survived the war, and of the 377,000 Jews deported from Hungary to extermination camps, at least 290,000 were murdered.

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 archive. The seller gives a full money back guarantee for the authenticity of the document and signature. Includes shipping worldwide.


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