Gassing Trucks


Gassing Trucks
   With the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Einsatzgruppen, in addition to mass shootings of Jews and others, also experimented with another form of killing: the use of hoses connected to the exhaust pipe of a truck, locking in their victims, and feeding exhaust fumes into the back of the vehicle for several minutes, thus killing their “merchandise.” The “success” of these experiments led to the introduction of mobile instruments of murder or gassing trucks, vehicles with a lockable container into which the exhaust fumes could be pumped. The gassing trucks were altered to specifications for the killing process by the Saurer trucking firm in Germany.
   See also Euphemisms.

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