NUREMBERG, Dec. 13, 1945 (UP) -- The Nazi Gestapo in 1944 offered to "sell" 1,000,000 Hungarian Jews for $2 each and said the alternative was their extermination in concentration camps, the War Crimes Tribunal was told today.
The Nazi offer was made by Adolf Eichmann, Gestapo officer sent to Hungary as head of a special "team" charged with deporting all Jews in Hungary to Germany.
An affidavit by Dr. Rezso Kastner, Hungarian Zionist leader now in London, revealed the Nazi offer.
"We have accepted an obligation toward the Hungarians that not a single deported Jew will return alive," Eichmann was quoted as saying. But he added that for $2,000,000 he would not carry out the deportation.
Kastner said Eichmann told him to send a colleague, Eugen Brand, to Istanbul at once "and inform the Jews there that I am prepared to sell 1,000,000 Hungarian Jews for good primary vehicles. I would transport them to Auschwitz (concentration camp) and put them on ice. If my generous offer is accepted I will release them all. If not they will all be gassed."
The negotiations apparently broke down because Kastner reported that by June 27, 1944, about 475,000 Jews had been deported to Nazi concentration camps from Hungary.
Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Dodd presented a mass of documentary evidence showing that Albert Speer, Nazi munitions director, employed millions of slave laborers in German war factories under brutal conditions.
Dodd introduced in evidence a shrunken human head found at Buchenwald concentration camp and identified as that of a Polish prisoner executed for association with a German woman.
He also presented several pieces of tattooed human skin, taken from prisoners at Buchenwald and tanned to be used for lampshades for the camp commandant's wife.