Himmler Tells Einstzgruppe B Commander Nebe to Develop Methods for Killing Jews Hot

Himmler Tells Einstzgruppe B Commander Nebe to Develop Methods for Killing Jews

Arthur Nebe
Source: Deutsches Bundesarchiv

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Heinrich Himmler instructs Arthur Nebe, commander of Einsatzgruppe B, to develop methods of killing Jews that are less of a psychological burden on German soldiers.

He tries explosives first but then later settles on the exhaust gasses from trucks. The "inspiration" comes from personal experience: he came home drunk one night and passed out before turning off his car in his garage, nearly killing himself.

Franz Walter Stahlecker, commander of Einsatzgruppe A (the worst of the four Einsatzgruppen), will credit Arthur Nebe with 221,000 executions because of his ideas.

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