Otto Georg Thierack
Otto Georg Thierack (1889 – 1946) was Reich Minister of Justice in National Socialist Germany during World War II. Thierack allegedly committed suicide after his capture in 1946.
The Nuremberg trials documents 654-PS and 682-PS (or PS-654 and PS-682), with Thierack as the alleged author, are sometimes cited as evidence for the existence of a policy of "extermination through labor" or "to be worked to death " (German: "Vernichtung durch Arbeit") of certain groups.
The persons allegedly involved in the discussions (Thierack, Himmler, Goebbels, and Bormann) had all died or disappeared before they could be questioned regarding these alleged documents during the Nuremberg trials.
The alleged discussions involved transferring certain groups of "asocial" convicted prisoners to labor camps for "Vernichtung durch Arbeit" and as such did not involve genocidal policies (and the policy even included convicted Germans).
Furthermore, revisionists have argued that Vernichtung must not necessarily mean "extermination". See Meanings and translations of German words and Holocaust revisionism. Thus, if these prisoners were viewed as "asocial" and not contributing to society, then this problem could have been seen as being eliminated by forced labor. It is arguable questionable that often relatively mild prison sentences (in some cases only a few years imprisonment) would have been changed to death sentences, especially at a time when Germany was in desperate need of laborers.
- Ausrottung yet again - the section "On Vernichtung durch Arbeit and Harrison’s new interpretation of a Rosenberg diary entry"