Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
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Statement of Standarten Fuehrer Walther Rauff made on 19 October 1945:

I hereby acknowledge the attached letters, written by Dr. Becker (Lieut.) on 16 May 1942 and received by me on 29 May 1942, as a genuine letter.

I did on 18 October 1945 write on the side of this letter a statement to the effect that it was genuine.

I do not know the number of death vans being operated and cannot even give an approximate figure.

The vans were built by the Saurer Works, Germany, located, I believe, in Berlin. Some other firms built these vans also.

In so far as I am aware these vans only operated in Russia.

In so far as I can state these vans were probably operating in 1941, and I personally feel that they were operating up to the termination of the war.

I do not personally know the number of persons killed in the death vans.

I would like to state that the reason why Dr. Becker wrote this letter to me was due to the fact that I was the chief of the Section under which were included such divisions as

(1) Ammunition
(2) Telephone
(3) Telegraph
(4) Radio
(5) All Trucks.

This group was known as II D.

When this letter was received, I. referred it to a Captan Pradl for appropriate action. The letter was discussed by Captain Pradl and myself, and I believe that Pradl was instructed by me to have the technical matters, of which the letters complained, remedied. I only saw Dr. Becker once or twice and had no part in the actual appointing of Dr. Becker to this position. I was never present when the death vans were operating with persons in them being killed, however I did see a death van as a sample and was interested merely from a technical viewpoint. I was chief of this technical section from February 1940 until March 1940.

From May 1940 to May 1941 I was in the German navy. From September 1941 to May 1942 I was in Prague. I then became chief of the section again from May 1942 to June 1942.

I wish to point out that my specific interest in these death vans was the lower part where the motor was located.

I wish to state that my immediate superior was an individual of ministerial grade by the name of Standarten Fuehrer Siegert. He was chief of AMT II RSHA, and Siegert gave me orders to supply the chassis of these death vans. Insofar as I can recall I only supplied 5 or 6.

The immediate superior of Standarten Fuehrer Siegert was obergruppen Fuehrer Reinhardt heydrich, chief of S. D.

The immediate successor of Siegert was an individual by the name of Spacil who succeeded Sigert around July or August of 1942, taking over the same duties and same responsibilities as Siegert and remaining chief of the section until the termination of the war. I believe that Siegert returned to a position in the Ministry of Finance on being relieved by Spacil.

I understand that this statement was made under oath and I hereby swear that all statements contained in this affidavit are the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

Standarten Fuehrer Rauft

Witnessed by the following:-

Captain J. F. C. Bagshaw,
Captain G. K. Heller,
Captain C. A. Crowther.
Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
Office of the United States Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality
Washington, DC : United States Government Printing Office, 1946

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