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11 December 1946

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"In order to save you and himself a lot of trouble, the Reichsfuehrer SS begs to transfer Dr. Rascher as quick as possible to the Waffen SS.

"The Reichsfuehrer SS would appreciate it very much if you would give the order that the low pressure chamber is to be put at our disposal again, together with gradual aggregate pumps, because experiments are to be extended to still higher altitudes.

"Best regards and Heil Hitler! Signed Wolff."

Copies of this letter went to the SS Main Personnel Office; Reichssarzt Dr. Grawitz; SS Obf. Dr. Wuest; SS Staf. Sievers. Copies forwarded requesting attention by order and signed by Brandt, SS Obersturmbannfuehrer. As a matter of fact, the results of this correspondence was that Rascher, in due course, was transferred to the SS for the continuation of his work at Dachau.

We now turn to Document No. 1612-PS, Prosecution's Exhibit No. 79 [HLSL item 67], page 122, Your Honor, in the Document Book. This is a letter of Rudolf Brandt addressed to Doctor Rascher, Medical Officer in the SS Fuehrungshauptamt, Berlin, and to SS Obergruppenfuehrer Pohl of the WVHA, and to the Ahnenerbe Society:

"Enclosed I am sending you a letter of the Reichsfuehrer SS with an order for SS Hauptsturmfuehrer Dr. Rascher.

"You are requested to duly note and accord needed assistance to Hauptsturmfuehrer Dr. Rascher in the carrying through of his experiments.

"SS Hauptsturmfuehrer Dr. Rascher is being assigned by me to carry through the following experiments:

"1) Low pressure chamber experiments -- to be carried out under conditions corresponding to those actually prevailing under normal operating conditions -- for rescue from high and extremely high altitudes. Determination of changes in chemical equilibrium, as well as gas equilibrium of human body. Experiments are to be repeated until a scientifically incontestable basis for findings is established. Testing of pressure proof protection garments for the highest altitudes to be carried out with the assistance of manufacturers of such protective suit[s].

"2) Tests for reimparting warmth after total chilling of the human body --

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