Ernst Kaltenbrunner, formerly Director of the Reich Main Security Office in Nazi Germany, is on trial in Nuremberg and calls Rudolf Höss, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp as a witness to testify about what sorts of expectations SS officers lived under.
"In the summer of 1941, I was summoned to Berlin to Reichsführer S.S. Himmler to receive personal orders. He told me something to the effect — I don't remember the exact words — that the Führer had given the order for a definite solution of the Jewish question.
We, the S.S., must carry out that order. If it was not carried out now then the Jews would later on destroy the German people. We had chosen Auschwitz because of its easy access by rail and also because the extensive site could readily be isolated. ...
He told me not to say anything about it to my immediate superior Gruppenfführer Glucks. This conference only concerned the two of us and I was to observe the strictest secrecy."