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EXCERPTS Testimony of Fritz Sauckel, taken at Nurnberg, Germany, 5 October 1945, by Major John J. Monigan, Jr., CAC, OUSCC. Also present: Siegfried Ramler, Interpreter and S/Sgt. William A. Weigel, Court Reporter. [Page 10] Q. For a moment, I want to turn our attention to Holland. It is my understanding that the quotas for the workers from Holland were agreed upon, and then the numbers given to the Reichskommissar Seyss-Inquart to fulfill, is that correct? A. Yes, that is correct. [Page 11] Q. After the quota was given to Seyss-Inquart, it was his mission to fulfill it with the aid of your representatives, was it not? A. Yes. This was the only possible thing for me to do, and the same applied to other countries. [Page 12] Q. Was the same procedure substantially followed of allocating quotas in the General Government Poland? A. Yes. I have to basically state again that the only possibility I had in carrying through these matters was to get in touch with the highest German military authority in the respective country and to transfer to them the orders of the Fuehrer and ask them very urgently, as I have always done, to fulfill these orders. Q. Such discussions in Poland, of course, were with the General Governor Frank? A. Yes. I spent a morning and afternoon in Cracov twice or three times, and I personally spoke to General Governor Frank. Naturally, there was also present Secretary Dr. Goebbel. [Page 14] Q. Was the procedure the same regarding discussions and allocations of quotas for the territory of the East with Rosenberg? A. As far as it concerns the Eastern territory, that was ordered through Reichminister Rosenberg; yes. My representative was Staatsrat Peukert. Staatsrat Peukert had a very close connection with Rosenberg in this Department of Labor, and at the same time he was working for the Reichskommissar in the Ukraine, and he was also working in the Labor Staff East for General Stapf. This was an economic institution of the Four Year Plan, for the operational functions in the East which have [Page 460] been subordinate to the Army chiefs. In those three instances Staatsrat Peukert was my representative, as leader for the Department of Labor. [Page 15] Q. Was it necessary in order to accomplish the completion of the quotas given to have liaison with the OKW? A. I remember that the Fuehrer had given directives to Marshal Keitel, telling him that my task was a very important one, and I, too, have often conferred with Keitel after such discussions with the Fuehrer, when I asked him for his support. Q. It was his task to supervise the proper performance of the military commanders in the occupied countries in carrying out their assigned mission, was it not? A. Yes. The Fuehrer had told me that he would inform the chief of the OKW, and the Chief of the Reichschancellery, as to these matters. The same applies to the Foreign Minister. Q. The methods by which the quotas were filled in the occupied countries was the task of the civilian or military commander concerned, as we have just discussed before, was it not? A. Yes, naturally. Yes, the executive rights naturally rested with him. However, he received advice and technical expert advice from the representative of the labor administration.