CONFIDENTIAL Mr Crossman
HEADQUARTERS 12TH ARMY GROUP
PUBLICITY & PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE
24 April 1945
A Preliminary Report
EGON W. FLECK, Civ.
1st Lt. EDWARD A. TENENBAUM.
NOTE: Special distribution is being made of this report because preliminary evaluation indicates that it is one of the most significant accounts yet written on an aspect of life in Nazi Germany.
It is NOT just another report on a concentration camp. It does not deal exclusively with the horror of life in Buchenwald, nor with the brutalities of the Nazi perverts. It is the story of wheels within wheels. It tells how the prisoners themselves organized a deadly terror within the Nazi terror.
The report is obviously controversial. It has not been possible in so short a time to cross-check and weigh every detail. But independent investigation leads to the tentative conclusion that the basic story can be accepted. Later study and interrogation may lead to modification of this picture — one way or the other. But one thing is certain: There will have to be further investigation of the people of this and all concentration camps. Because the report makes it clear that in our search for decent, democratic elements which we can trust in Germany we cannot accept at face value ALL those people who were incarcerated for opposing the Nazi brand of fascism.
Chief of Intelligence
THIS DOCUMENT IS CLASSIFIED AND IS NOT RELEASED FOR OUTPUT.