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Oswald Pohl was not simply an SS officer. 
He was an Obergruppenfuehrer, and was head of the Wirtschafts- und
Verwaltungshauptamt (The Economic and Administrative Main Office), which was
responsible, amongst other things, for the administration of the
concentration camps.  Hardly surprising that he would visit a concentration
camp.  In 1942, the administration of all concentration camps and
extermination camps was transferred to him, along with the appropriate
personnel (Richard Gluecks for example).  Thus, it is hardly surprising that
he would visit Auschwitz.

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>[The Chief of the SS-WVHA, General of the SS Army Corps Pohl, presented
>himself unexpectedly in morning of the 23rd of September at Auschwitz to
>learn what was going  on, and where the assigned tons of Zyclon B were
>going. Pohl went first to the Bauleitung, and had the general set-up of
>the camp  explained to him, and the buildings that had been erected,
>those under construction (including the four crematories of  Birkenau)
>and those planned described to him. His question on Zyclon B was answered
>that with this product the jews and the lice were destroyed at the same

Gord McFee

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