All I know is that these two gases both had a quite extraordinary effect, and that there was no respirator, and no protection against them that we knew of. So the soldiers would have been unable to protect themselves against this gas in any way.
All sensible Army people turned gas warfare down as being utterly insane since, in view of your superiority in the air, it would not be long before it would bring the most terrible catastrophe upon German cities, which were completely unprotected.
Cases of sickness made up a very small percentage which in my opinion was normal. However, propaganda pamphlets dropped from aircraft were telling the workers to feign illness, and detailed instructions were given to them on how to do it.
I grow dizzy when I recall that the number of manufactured tanks seems to have been more important to me than the vanished victims of racism.
I was not a member of the SS.
I would rather not tell you here things which every German has at heart.
In all my activities as Armament Minister I never once visited a labor camp, and cannot, therefore, give any information about them.
It is certain that concentration camps had a bad reputation with us.
No doubt concentration camps were a means, a menace used to keep order.
One seldom recognizes the devil when he is putting his hand on your shoulder.
Temporarily in 1934 I became a department head in the German Labor Front and dealt with the improvement of labor conditions in German factories. Then I was in charge of public works on the staff of Hess. I gave up both these activities in 1941.
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