Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reports from the Occupied Eastern Territories, May 1942 to January 1943

Extracts from the Meldungen aus den besetzten Ostgebieten appear in this collection edited by Arad et al. Below I copy across several relevant extracts, each referenced by the page number in the collection.

No. 4, 22.5.42: "Of the Krimchaks (about 6,000) who were usually counted as part of the Jewish population, well over half lived in Simferopol (2,500) and in Karasubatsar [Karasubazar]. Their extermination, together with that of the Jews and the Gypsies in the Crimea, was accomplished for the most part by the beginning of December, 1941 [p.344, quoted here]."

No. 5, 29.5.42: 251 people shot and 28 hanged in Minsk on 5.5.42 [p.346].

No. 6, 5.6.42: "Today, there are no more Jews in Estonia [p.347]."

No. 7, 12.6.42: At the time the Germans invaded, "about 70,000 Jews remained in Latvia", but now there only remain skilled laborers as follows: about 2,500 Riga, about 950 Daugavpils, about 300 Libau. Thus by implication, around 66,000 Jews had been exterminated [pp.348-349].

No. 8, 19.6.42: "Lithuania is now free of Jews" except for 15,000 in Kaunas, 15,000 in Vilnius and 4,000 in Siauliai [p.350]. In Liepaja, Latvia, "several Jews were arrested while trying to escape to Sweden [p.351]."

No. 9, 26.6.42: "These measures have created the basis for the planned Final Solution of the European Jewish question specifically with respect to Byelorussia [p.354]."

No. 12, 17.7.42: 340 Jews and Communists shot in Shatsk, Ukraine [p.355].

No. 15, 7.8.42: "In the area of Kharkov, cleansing operations continued and several hundred people were seized for special treatment [p.357]."

No. 16, 14.8.42: Jewish population of Rostov was said to have been 50,000 up to November 1941; but only 2,000 had been registered after a Jewish Council was installed on 1.8.42. "Further necessary measures" were under way [p.358].

Nr. 19, 4.9.42: Anti-partisan action north-west of Slonim: killed were 200 bandits (100 Jews), 4 German Gendarmerie and 1 Latvian. Ratno, 11.8.41, eleven people, including 7 Jews, "were given special treatment [p.361]."

Nr. 24, 9.10.42: "In the area of Berdichev, there was a rumour that after the Jews, all the Poles in the camp would be shot [p.363]."

Nr. 38, 22.1.43: Operation "Hamburg" in area of Slonim: 1,676 partisans killed in battles, while 1,510 were executed. German losses: 7 dead and 18 wounded. Operation "Altona" in area of Kossov-Byten: 93 partisans killed in battles, while 785 were executed. No German losses.

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