The testimony of Willi Friedrich, leader of the 3d Platoon, 2d Company, 3d Police Battalion

From February to May 1942 I was responsible, with my men, for the cordonong measures necessary for the gas-van operations. We were under orders fom Blobel and his successor, Dr. Weinmann. As I remember, there were five or six such operations; they took place about every three weeks. I don't know where the van was stationed. But I remember having seen it several times at the prison in Kharkov. It was there that my men and I were ordered to form a cordon outside the prison. The van entered the prison from the rear. I sometimes also saw how Russian civilians - men and women - were loaded into it. The gas van looked like a large moving van. The driver was a man named Findeisen, who also belonged to Sonderkommando 4a."

Kogon, Eugen, Hermann Langbein and Adalbert Ruckerl ed. Nazi Mass Murder: A Documentary History of the Use of Poison Gas. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1993. pp. 61 - 62

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November 15, 1997
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