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Source: World Jewish Congress
See Also: siedice.001 and siedice.002, in the same sub-archive.

Herbert PFOCH
Gallitzinstrasse 77/2
1160 Wien
                                                  Vienna, 29 June 84

Dear President Brentar:

I have received your letter of 18 June 1984 and in this connection
want to repeat what I already stated by telephone on 24 June of this
year.  In several respects it appears that you have reached false
conclusions based on false information. 

In the first place, Treblinka was not a "prisoner camp for Poles", but
it was an especially organized Nazi extermination camp, for the
liquidation of hundreds of thousands of Jews from many European

Secondly, I never have performed "duty" there and for this reason I am
unable to provide any information concerning any member of the camp
guards.  On the other hand, it is correct that on 22 and 23 August
1943 at Sielce, Poland, as a member of the German Armed Forces
(Wehrmacht), on route to the Russian front, I witnessed a transport of
Jews en route to Treblinka, who were exposed to atrocities that are
hard to describe.  At the time, we protested to a responsible SS
officer who pointed out to us that if we did not disappear at once we
would have an opportunity to see Treblinka from inside. 

Ukrainian "auxiliaries" brutally and bestially shot or beat to death
women and children, as well as older people unable to get quickly
enough into the railroad cars.  The four enclosed photographs provide
only most inadequate information about the situation at the time and
the atrocities that were committed.

                                    With best regards,
                                    s/ Hubert Pfoch

4 Fotos

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