Wisliceny testifies at Nuremberg Trial re.his role with Eichmann's work in Hungary, deportation of Greek Jews. Kaestner mentioned
- Event Date
- 1946 January 03
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
(Paris 487) War Crimes Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, January 3, 1946. LS, prisoners' dock, chart at front of courtroom. Pan to Dieter Wisliceny testifying on the stand. Rear view, Col. Brukhard questioning Wisliceny on incidents dealing with SS and SD and the fate of 50,000 Jews. Wisliceny testifies (in German) that an order came from Eichmann to Brunner about the immediate deportation of all Jews from Saloniki and Macedonia to Auschwitz. The military administration did not have objections or exceptions (except for 3000 male workers for rail works, but they were deported shortly after), Brunner was in charge of organizing the operation. The total number of Jews retained (for rail works etc., but to be deported shortly after) was 3,000 to 4,000. Wisliceny mentions his role in this operation. Questioned about his communications with Eichmann, Wisliceny testifies that he had a telephone conversation with him after the telegram order arrived to inform him about several cases of typhoid. Then he elaborates about Eichmann's operations in Hungary in 1944. Wisliceny belonged to his staff. After the prosecutor is asked by the judge where his questions are going and what he wants to prove through the testimony, Wisliceny is questioned about his involvement and the proceedings of Eichmann's operations in Hungary. He describes communications between Eichmann and the Hungarian government, the concentration of more than 200,000 Jews in specific areas, which led to catastrophic conditions in Siebenbuergen (23:50:00), and that resulted in Eichmann's proposal to the Hungarian government to send them to Auschwitz. He testifies that Eichmann was responsible to Standartenfuehrer Geschke in all economic matters decisions of personnel, but was independent of him in terms of operational questions and in direct contact with Kaltenbrunner in Berlin. Each transport to Auschwitz was reported to Berlin. 23:51:58 Witness is questioned about Dr. Kaestner's money and what became of it. 23:53:47 "What happened to the Jews from Hungary?" Wisliceny testifies that they were sent to Auschwitz.
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