Nazi Commander of Auschwitz Admits He Ordered Poison Gas for Camp

Robert Mulka, one-time second in command at the Auschwitz death camp who has insisted throughout the Auschwitz war crimes trial here that he knew nothing about the Nazi program of wholesale murder of European Jews, admitted to the court that he signed orders to bring poison gas to the camp.

Mulka, one of the 22 former SS guards and other camp functionaries on trial here, admitted signing the orders to bring Cyclon-B gas to Auschwitz when he was confronted with an official form he had signed. Presiding Judge Hans Hofmeyer showed Mulka the form ordering a five-ton truck to load up Dessau with “Material for the Resettlement of the Jews” and to bring the “material” to the camp.

Mulka, in response to a direct question, testified he knew that the phrase was a Nazi euphemism for poison gas. Previously, Mulka had also insisted that he did not know until the war ended that Auschwitz was one of the 250 camps set up in Germany and occupied countries to dispose of Jews and others considered unfit to live by the Nazis.

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