Gas vans



Gassing of Jews by the Nazis was not only carried out in the extermination camps but also by means of gas vans, the so called special vehicles. The victims were locked up in the body of the truck and subsequently gassed by the exhaust fumes which were blown into the compartment through tubes.

On the next page youíll find the translation of a letter, sent by Willy Just to Walter Rauff. In this letter he describes the operation of and technical adjusments to these special vehicles in detail. The letter contains a few euphemisms. When Willy Just writes, for instance, that "97.000 have been processed", he means that 97.000 Jews have been gassed in these trucks. Referring to the capacity of the trucks, he means how many victims can be gassed simultaneously.
The content of this document is chilling. Rarely has the murdering of people been described in such a technical and detached way in an official document.
Willy Just, author of this letter, was employed in Amt II D 3a, Kraftfahrwesen der Sipo (Vehicle Department of the Security Police). The addressee, SS-ObersturmbannfŁhrer Walter Rauff, was chief of Amt II D, Technische Angelegenheiten (Technical Affairs) of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (R.S.H.A., Head Office of State Security).


Middle Eastern people with own religion that lived in Palestine. They distinguished themselves by their strong monotheism and the strict observance of the Law and tradition. During World War 2 the Jewish people were ruthlessly persecuted and annihilated by the German Nazis. . An estimated 6,000,000 Jews were exterminated.
ĒSicherheitspolizeiĒ. Combination (since 1936) of the Gestapo and criminal police.

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Arnold Palthe
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