"On 30th Sept. 1943, SS-Obersturmführer Rothke of the BdS Frankreich* submitted a request to the RSHA**) to have the Schutzpolizei at Metz or Saarbrücken detail an escort detachment that was to report to Paris in time for the Jew transport of 7th Oct. 1943. To this, Eichmann responded that the Hauptamt Ordnungspolizei had ordered the BdO Stuttgart*** to provide the escort detachment. The transports of 7th Oct., 28th Oct. and 20th Nov. 1943 had escort detachments from the Strassburg- and Mulhausen-based II. Polizei-Wachbataillon im Wehrkreis V, whose commander was Major Kurt Fechner. In charge of the transports were Polizeimeister Schramm on 7th Oct. 1943 and 28th Oct. 1943 and Meister der Schutzpolizei Friedrich Kohnlein on 20th Nov. 1943. Kohnlein was in charge of four or five transports and on several occasions departed to Auschwitz from Paris and otherwise from Metz. He learned about Auschwitz being a death camp from an SS man there. Kohnlein also informed his company commander, Hauptmann Lucke. Other company members had gained the impression that the Jews were being killed in these camps, and many comrades had the same impression, too.
The Mühlhausen-based company of the II. Polizei-Wachbataillon im Wehrkreis V under Ernst Roth's command was also employed for transports to Auschwitz on two occasions, such as in the early summer of 1944."
*) "Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienstes Frankreich", i.e. "Commander of the Security Police and the Security Service France"
**) "Reichssicherheitshaupt", i.e. "Reich Security Main Office"
***) "Befehlshaber der Ordnungspolizei Stuttgart ", i.e. "Commander of the Order Police Stuttgart"