below: shorthand note on rear of above page >
below: Himmler thanks Speer, Jun 15, 1943 >
and his assistant Rudolf Brandt notifies Oswald Pohl >
Source: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Himmler Files, file 405, drawer 101, folder 4
To the Reichsführer SS and Chief
Re: Iron and steel quota for SS, especially Auschwitz concentration camp
Dear Party Comrade Himmler!
On the basis of the reports before me and the inspection of the Auschwitz concentration camp by my Messrs. Desch and Sander I am prepared, over and above the iron and steel quantities allocated to you for the third quarter of 1943 (in the amounts of 450 tons per month to cover requirements within the Reich territory, and 180 tons per month for requirements in the adjacent and occupied territories) to make a once-only allowance of the following quantities :
These quantities of iron and steel are to be used only for the expansion [or construction] of the concentration camps, particularly Auschwitz. Unfortunately I cannot allocate further iron and steel quotas for temporary construction requirements incurred by raising the new Waffen SS divisions. The requirement will have to be drawn from the overall iron and steel quota quantities allocated to the SS by the Plenipotentiary-General for Construction. Individual allocation issues are to be determined between your authorities and my own raw materials office. The requisition of acquisition certificates for one thousand tons of cast steel pipes and the dispatch of the water piping have already been set in motion.
Yours truly, Speer
Handwritten: I was pleased that the inspection of the other concentration camps yielded a completely positive picture.