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Testimony of Professor Fejkiel from Cracow (Poland) who was arrested by 
the Nazis and imprisoned in Auschwitz between October 1940 and January
The witness reports that the experiments to kill prisoners with 
injections were begun in 1942.

"First they tried benzine, but that turned out to be impractical. I
know of a case where death did not occur for forty-five minutes. They
looked for a quicker method. The second medium was hydrogen; then came
phenolic acid".

First it was administered intravenously, then directly into the heart:
"I assume that the intravenous method took too long".

"Do you know who killed, where the murders took place, and how many
people were the victims of such injections?"

"I will begin with the number killed: I assume that about 30,000 people
were killed in this fashion".

First came infirm Jews, then other hospital patients, then people not
hospitalized, including prisoners "which the Gestapo sent in a round-
about way".

"Who did the killing?"

"At first Dr. Entress himself, then Klehr, and then - in this order - 
Scherpe and Hantl. Hantl did it rarely. We thought of Hantl as a decent
man and were surprised that he did it". (Nauman, Bernd. Auschwitz: the 
Proceedings Against Mulka and Others. 153-4)

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