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The Ganzenmüller Letter

Last Update 26 August 2006


In May 1942, Albert Ganzenmüller (born in 1905 in Passau, member of NSDAP and SA since 1931) was appointed state secretary in the ministry of transport and chief of the German Reichsbahn. He was responsible for the employment of deportation trains.

After the war Ganzenmüller fled to Argentina but returned to Germany in 1955. First indictment in 1970, second one in 1973 in Düsseldorf. Because of a heart attack the proceedings were stopped.

A letter sheds light on Ganzenmüller's close relations to the highest SS departments:
On 28 July 1942 he wrote a letter to SS-Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff, member of the personal staff of Himmler. Subject: Deportation trains to Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka.

See the original Ganzenmüller letter in German and its official English translation from 1947!

Wolff sent a respond to Ganzenmüller on 13 August 1942, in which he mentioned that he was "exceptionally delighted" about Ganzenmüller's information and the fact that "since 14 days a daily train" with Jews is going to Treblinka.

See Wolff's original respond in German and its official English translation from 1947!