I. A Family Friend to Anna Busse, July 10, 1950
It’s been nearly eight weeks since I found out that Ernst is in detention. But it was only fourteen days ago that I was able to find out that he is being investigated for his activity as a hospital Kapo in Buchenwald.
You already know that I worked with him in Wehlheiden (already in jail, that is), and then later in the concentration camp Lichtenburg, and finally in Buchenwald. I undertook resistance and political-faction work with him in a tight-knit group, which means that I was one of his closest collaborators and therefore know about all of the phases of the struggle.
I have included a general report as an appendix to my research questionnaire. His [Busse’s] incrimination might possibly have resulted largely from Soviet, Polish, Czech, French, and Dutch prisoners, something that happened in ignorance of the fact that he was under constraint.
I have decided to present a report on my research: / “My resistance work with Ernst Busse”/ One cannot hold him responsible for this hospital activity, because, from the beginning, he asked and informed his faction and group about each job and every task. The group included the unfortunately deceased: Walter Stöcker, Theo Neubauer, Albert Kuntze [Kuntz]. I am one of the few survivors. Walter Bartel, Harry Kuhn, Robert Siewert, and Ottomar Geschke could give you crucial support. I can fully imagine that all of the accused SS people, from [Martin] Sommer, [Max] Blancke, Dr. [Waldemar] Hoven, and even Ilse Koch are trying to incriminate him in order to exonerate themselves. / Therefore, please write to me and explain, if possible, where the chief allegations are coming from; perhaps I can respond to them specifically.