Höss on Globocnik 


SS -Gruppenfuhrer Globocnik was head of the SS and Police in Lublin


fig 19 Odilo Globocnik Vienna

Odilo Globocnik - Second from left in Vienna (Chris Webb Private Archive)


Shortly after the beginning of the Russian campaign, the Reichsfuhrer-SS ordered a concentration camp to be set up in Lublin.The Inspector of Concentration Camps, Glucks, took over from Globocnik the land which had been selected for this purpose, together with the beginnings of the camp, and installed Koch- hitherto commandant of Buchenwald, as its commandant.

Globocnik then promised to supply Glucks with enormous quantities of blankets and sheets, footwear, and also cooking utensils, and surgical instruments and medicines, for use in the concentration camp. Eventually Glucks came to Auschwitz and authorised me to go to Lublin and select the supplies I needed. I visited Globocnik straight away, accompanied by my administrative officer, Wagner. After much dashing about, we were able to collect a certain amount of supplies that could be in use in Auschwitz. I cannot now remember of what they consisted but they included some surgical apparatus and instruments and also some medicines. At any rate the spoils were miseably small compared with the amount that Globocnik had promised. They were articles which had been requisitioned in the Lublin area and indiscriminately heaped together in a factory building.

It was during this transaction that I got to know Globocnik. He assumed a great air of importance, with his instructions from the Reichsfuhrer-SS to set up police strong-points in the territories which had been taken over. He worked out fantastic plans for a series of strong-points stretching to the Urals. He could see no difficulties in this, and he waved aside all objections. He wanted to destroy every Jew in this area on the spot, except those whom he needed to work on 'his' police positions. He proposed to put all their property into a collecting centre and utilise it for the SS. He talked about all this in his Viennese dialect in an easy-going way sitting in front of his fire in the evening, as though it was a most innocent adventure. I was rather shocked by Globocnik, who according to Glucks account was supposed to be extremely competent and to be held in high regard by the Reichsfuhrer-SS.

My first impressions were correct. Globocnik was a pompous busybody, whose object was to put himself in the foreground and to describe his fanciful plans as though they had to a large extent already been put into practice. It was he and only he who could get things done properly, whether it was a question of exterminating the Jews or resettling the Poles, or the utilisation of sequestered property. He was able to spin the most extraordinary yarns to Himmler. The latter believed him and continued to keep him, although he became unbearable and was attacked from all sides by the SD and the General-Governor and the District Governor. I do not know what led to his final dismissal. He left Lublin and went to Trieste as a senior SS and Police officer. I know nothing about his activities there.

The second occasion on which I had anything to do with him was in Lublin in the spring of 1943. There had been a dispute between us over some machines and tools which he had got the local DAW -at that time subordinate to him- to deliver to the DAW at Auschwitz. He had described some ancient junk as being the most up-to-date machinery and had used the same description in his report to Pohl.  Since he had personally given orders for these swindles he did not feel very happy about it, but he dismissed the affair without comment and gave me five really modern and most urgently needed machines for the Auschwitz DAW. My administrative officer, Mockel, had to settle accounts with his department, which had also advised Pohl that the promised equipment had either not been delivered or had been delivered only in negligible quantities. Promises were made of deliveries on a grand scale, but they came to nothing.


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Staff List under Globocnik (PRO National Archives)