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Note by Heinrich Himmler

A note written by the “SS-Reichsführer“ Heinrich Himmler dated 14 April 1945 reveals the Nazi leadership’s firm intention to murder all concentration camp inmates if possible and prevent the Allies from freeing them. “A handover is out of the question. The camp must be evacuated immediately. No prisoner must be allowed to fall into enemy hands alive”, wrote Himmler. A copy of the original document was given to the ITS and incorporated into its holdings. 

(, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)