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[from the testimony of SS-Hauptsturmfuehrer Hofmann]:

During the selections on the ramp he merely supervised. "The Jews were
asked to line up. It was my job to preserve calm and order. The selection
was carried out by doctors. The instructions were issuedby the commandant
or by Grabner. Sometimes entire transports were gassed. At times many
able-bodied workers were selected, at other times fewer. The percentage
was specified in advance. It was determined by the need for workers...

...The details were then gassed as well. That always led to a great 
confusion; I even had to watch out to see that working prisoners
weren't gassed along with the others. Yes, and sometimes we helped
push. Well, what were we supposed to do? We were under orders". (Naumann,

[Hofmann was sentenced to life imprisonment]

                           Work Cited

Naumann, Bernd. Auschwitz: A Report on the Proceedings Against 
Robert Karl Ludwig Mulka and Others Before the Court at Frankfurt.
New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1966

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