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How a mystery document left by my grandfather took me deep into the history of Nazi Germany

The form appeared to have once been diligently completed in pencil but then subsequently rubbed out, the contents now illegible. Could this really be what I think it is?

By Cornelius Riethdorf  

Going through my recently departed grandfather’s belongings was never going to be a casual experience, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the concentration camp report form. The top of the page proudly displays the name “Gas Chamber Firm Dr. Breymesser & Co.”—which operated, it is stated, in the Austrian camps of Strasshof, Graz, and Marburg.

Growing incredulity was accompanied by a sense of impending nausea as I read through column headings including “hour…

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