The suggestion from your post is that you believe the term "Aktion Reinhardt" is restricted to the SS robbery or plunder operation, and not to the related murders and enslavement which accompanied it. Is that an accurate statement of your position?
Yes, that is precisely my meaning.
Ok, I have trouble stomaching this. Mills is flat out wrong. He, again, dismisses evidence that doesn't support his irvingesque claims.
The indications are that "Aktion Reinhardt" was in operation at many of the concentration camps under the authority of the WVHA, and that it consisted of the processing and disposal of the property confiscated from the prisoners.
The WVHA had a hand in the looting process of AR. As Michael Thad Allen says in his book "Hitler's Slave Lords":
- "Globocnik had taken charge of what was code-named the Operation Reinhard. The operation was twofold. First, Globocnik intended to rid the East once and for all of Jews. Second, he designed the operation to extract all possible remaining wealth from the murdered Jews for transfer to Reich accounts. At first there seemed no contradiction between industry and genocide, and the WVHA participated in these plans from the beginning by fencing the stolen property."
That is the link between AR and WVHA. Fencing of the stolen property of the murdered Jews.
ARC website lists the AR main tasks as:
- the overall planning of the deportations and extermination activities of the entire operation.
- building the death camps.
- co-ordinating the deportations of Jews from the different districts to the death camps.
- killing the Jews there.
- seizing the assets and valuables of the victims and handing them over to the appropriate Reich authorities.
The Jewish property seized in the Polish ghettos during the deportations of their inhabitants in 1942, and subsequently from the Jews arriving at the killing centres, was also processed through the organisation set up to administer "Aktion Reinhardt". For that purpose, Globocnik set up within his SSPF headquarters at Lublin an office "Einsatz Reinhardt", headed by Hermann Höfle.
I think it was the existence of the office "Einsatz Reinhardt" at Globocnik's headquarters that has led to the impression that "Aktion Reinhardt" was under Globocnik's command.
Pray tell, on what grounds do you distance Höfle, a subordinate of Globocnik's, from Globocnik's authority? We know from numerous sources that Höfle, along with Lerch, Claasen, Michalsen, et al. conducted the "evacuations" of the major ghettos to the AR death camps and were intimately involved in Wirth's death factories. Their duties were definately not simply to "look after the loot."
We've been through this several times. Why do you persist in repeating your distorted tales?
Careful reading of the evidence shows that "Aktion Reinhardt" was separate from Globocnik's assignment to deport the Jews of Distrikt Lublin and then of the whole of the Generalgouvernement, and to exterminate those of them assessed as unusable for forced labour (some 60% according to the Goebbels diary entry of 27 March 1942).
IMHO Your "careful reading" = willful distortion
There was a link between "Aktion Reinhardt" and Globocnik's deportation and extermination operation in that the Jewish property rendered ownerless by the latter was processed through "Aktion Reinhardt". For that reason, Globocnik was responsible for the operation of "Aktion Reinhardt" in the Generalgouvernment, and for rendering an account of all the Jewish property seized in that area and passing through the hands of the Lublin "Einsatz Reinhardt". However, it seems that Pohl was in overall command of the whole "Aktion Reinhardt".
I prefer to call the killing centres set up at Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka the "Globocnik camps", since that is an accurate designation.
No doubt you think it is so.
However, this document (which you have been introduced to several times before)
http://www.deathcamps.org/reinhard/pic/globstaff.jpg states that Höfle, Thomalla, et al. were working under the title "Sonderaktion Reinhardt."
This document (along with the other promotion list Sergey linked to) http://www.deathcamps.org/euthanasia/pic/bigfranz1.jpg ties Kurt Franz, Johann Niemann, Josef Oberhauser and Gottlieb Schwarz to the Operation Reinhard. All of these men worked in what you insist on calling the "Globocnik death camps", but looks a lot like they were part of the Aktion Reinhard after all.
An even more accurate designation would be the "Wirth camps", since Christian Wirth was the overall commander of all three killing centres. Wirth appears not to have been organisationally part of the Lublin "Einsatz Reinhardt", which was a sub-office of the Lublin Security Police office, and he and the other T-4 men appear to have been only seconded to Globocnik for the purpose of running the killing centres.
There is a connection to the Führer's Chancellory as well through Wirth et al. but this doesn't mean that the killing and looting were solely a T4 program and doesn't prevent Globocnik from being the man in charge of the overall operation.