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On 21 May 1943, Rolf Günther, Adolf Eichmann’s deputy in Department IVB4, informed all local police headquarters that Heinrich Himmler had ordered to complete all deportations of Jews from the Greater Reich and the Protectorate to the East and to Theresienstadt by 30 June 1943. The new regulations included several groups of Jews whose deportation was postponed until then. This included sick and infirm Jews, Jews who were still employed in slave labor for the war industry, employees of the Reichsvereinigung der Juden (Reich's Association of the Jews in Germany). The only exemptions were Jews married to non-Jews. The regulations also gave guidelines for the procedure of the deportation. In case of smaller deportations up to 400 Jews, special cars, connected to regular trains, were to be used.
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Route of Transport: from Departing Station Oppeln, Oppeln, Silesia (Upper), Germany to Theresienstadt, Ghetto, Czechoslovakia on 30/06/1943
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Origin of Deportation: Oppeln, Oppeln (Oppeln), Silesia (Upper), Germany
Transport No: XVIII/6
Beginning of Event: 30/06/1943
Segment of Route: Departing Station
Departure Station: Oppeln Central Train Station
Means of Transportation: Rail car attached to a regular passenger train
No. of People (Maximum Estimate): 5
Destination of Deportation: Theresienstadt, Ghetto, Czechoslovakia
Transport No. upon Arrival: XVIII/6
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  • Alfred Gottwaldt, Diana Schulle, Die "Judendeportationen" aus dem Deutschen Reich 1941-1945 (Wiesbaden: Marix Verlag, 2005), p.362
  • Bernhard Brilling, "Der Untergang der oberschlesischen Juden", in: "Mitteilungen, Irgun Ole Merkaz Eropa", 12.8.1944, p. 8
  • Alfred Gottwaldt, Diana Schulle, Die "Judendeportationen" aus dem Deutschen Reich 1941-1945 (Wiesbaden: Marix Verlag, 2005), p.362
  • Karol Jonca, "Zaglada niemieckich Zydow na Gornym Slasku (1933-1945)", in: "Slaski Kwartalnik Historyczny Sobotka, nr. 2", pp 219-249
  • Alfred Konieczny, "Transporty Zydow z Gornego Slaska do obozu w Terezinie (1942-1944)". In: "Studia nad Faszyzmem i Zbrodniami Hitlerowskimi XXIV", pp 442-463
  • Deutsche Reichsbahn, "Deutsches Kursbuch, Jahresfahrplan 1943" (Berlin: Deutsche Reichsbahn, 1943), pp 74, 81
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