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On a visit to Treblinka on March 1943 Himmler ordered complete destruction of the corpses that had been buried in mass graves. The problem was the graves had 700,000 bodies in them (18 ).

Franz Stangl said about his memories about his arrival at Treblinka, "Treblinka that day was the most awful thing I saw during all of the Third Reich…. It was Dante's Inferno…. It was Dante come to life. When I entered the camp and got out of the car on the square I stepped knee-deep into money; I didn't know which way to turn, where to go. I waded in notes, currency, precious stones, jewelry, clothes. They were everywhere, strewn all over the square. The smell was indescribable; the hundreds, no, the thousands of bodies everywhere, decomposing, putrefying." (19 ).

On April 11 1945 unites of the third army under General George Patton liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. More than 5,000 Nazi soldiers fled before Patton arrived, this left only a half a dozen tower guard to man the camp. three hours before Patton arrived the prisoners rebelled and took over the camp. About 250,000 prisoners Pass through Buchenwald of this 56,565. Though it had no gas chambers this camp had other ways to kill. Block 46, the Hygienic Institute of the Waffen SS, conducted medical experiments with things like typhus. It had a crematorium were prisoners where strangled or the "Horse Stable," where prisoners were shot as music blared to muffle the sound of shots(20 ).

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Auschwitz, gas chambers, Institute for Forensic Research in Cracow, Poland, Cyanide gas, Jews, Sonderkommando