British codebreakers at Bletchley Park have deciphered an intercepted message to Himmler, head of the SS: the “Höfle telegram” contains detailed statistics on number of Jewish victims killed in 4 Nazi concentration camps last year. 1,274,166 people were murdered. https://t.co/qnJU6kyCJ6
British cryptanalysts do not realise significance of report: telegram refers to “special treatment”, not killing, & lists death camps only by initial: L (Lublin), B (Bełżec), S (Sobibor), T (Treblinka). Evidence of genocide of the Jews of Poland is filed in secret UK archives.
@RealTimeWWII @SteveBellovin This is such a heartbreakingly evil & cruel document for a native German speaker. Every indidual nazi title in full text, the murdered as a collective number. The gist of the nazi regime, using Hollerith style IBM punchcard counting systems