Vienna Sobibor Transport - June 1942

Doc 16 Wien - Sobibor transport

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152. Polizeirevier

27/II Reichsbruckenstrase 46

Vienna, 20 June 1942    

Situation Report

Re: Transport guard for Jewish transport, Vienna, Aspang Railway Station to Sobibor on 14 June 1942.

The transport guard consisted of police Lt. Fischmann in charge, 2 senior and 13 policemen of the 1st Police and Reserve Company East. The transport guard commenced duties on the Aspang station on 14.6.1942 at 11.00 o’clock having previously confirmed details with SS-Hauptsturmführer Brunner.

1.Departure of the Jews

The Jews started to board the special train at 12.00 under the control and supervision of SS Hauptsturmführer Brunner and SS Hauptscharführer Girzik from the HQ office for Jewish emigration. There were no incidents. The transport guard started their duties. A total of 1,000 Jews were transported. The official handover of the Jews according to transport lists took place at 16.00 hours. The transport guard had to be content with third class compartments as there was a shortage of second class compartments.

2. Journey from Vienna to Sobibor

The train DA 38 was dispatched from Vienna on 14.6.1942 at 19.08 and went via Lundenburg, Brunn, Neisse, Oppeln, Czestochowa, Kielce, Radom, Deblin, Lublin, Chelm  to Sobibor, and not, as planned to Izbica. Arrival at Sobibor on 17.6.1942 at 8.15 hours. SS-Obersturmführer Pohl awaited the train at Lublin station on 16.6 at 21.00 hours and removed 51 able-bodied Jews between 15 and 50 to a work-camp. At the same time he instructed the removal of the remaining 949 Jews to the work-camp at Sobibor. Both name lists, three freight wagons with food supplies as well as 100,000 zloty were handed over to SS-Obersturmführer Pohl in Lublin. The departure from Lublin to Sobibor was at 23.00 hours. The three carriages with luggage and food were handed over to SS Scharführer Mayerhofer in the Jewish camp Trawniki, approximately 30km after Lublin.

3. Handover of Jews in Sobibor

The train arrived at the work-camp adjacent to the Sobibor station on 08.15 hours, where the 949 Jews were received by camp commander Oberlt. d. Sch. Stangl. The disembarkation started immediately and was completed by 09.15 hours.

4. Journey from Sobibor back to Vienna         

We departed from Sobibor for Lublin by special train at 10.00 immediately after the unloading of the Jews. Arrived at Lublin on 18.6 at 2.30 hours

Travel expenses were not paid for this train. We left Lublin on 18.6 at 8.13 by scheduled fast train to Krakau where we arrived on the same day at 17.30. At Krakau we stayed overnight at the Reserve Police Company 74/3. On the 19.6 the named company distributed a day’s food ration for the 16 men of the transport guard. The journey from Krakau started on 19.6 at 20.08 on another scheduled fast train. We arrived at Vienna East Station on 20.6.42 at 6.30 hours.

5. Stay at Krakau

The transport guard stayed at Krakau for 26 and a half hours

6. Border Crossing

The special train to Sobibor crossed the Reichs – Polish border on 15.6. 1942 at 13.45 hours and the scheduled fast train crossed the border on the return journey on 20.6.1942 at 0.15 hours.

7. Food Provisions

The men of the transport guard received cold provisions for 4 days, namely sausage, bread, marmalade and butter. This was found to be inadequate. The rations received at Krakau,from the third company of the reserve battalion 74, was of good quality and adequate.

8. Proposals

In future, it would be necessary to supply the men of the transport guard with Field provisions as cold food does not keep long enough during the summer months. The sausage – it was of a soft kind – was already at the time of issue mouldy and had to be used up by the third day before it became totally inedible. On the fourth day, the men had to be satisfied with a diet of marmalade, because the butter went also rancid in the great heat in the carriages. The dating of the rations was also too tight.

9. Incidents

There were no incidents during the journey to Sobibor and during waiting times at rail stations, nor during the return journey.

Signed: Lt Fischmann

Security Police


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