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1941

Police Battalion 11 initiates the liquidation of the Jews of 
Slutsk. (Browning, 19-23) In a report submitted by the Commissionere
of the territory of Sluzk, 1104-PS, we find the following words:

"For the rest, as regards the execution of the action, I must point
out to my deepest regret that the matter bordered on sadism. The town
itself offered a picture of horror during the action. With
indescribable brutality on the part of both the German Police
officers, and particularly the Lithuanian partisans, not only the
Jewish people, but also White Ruthenians, were taken out of their
dwellings and herded together. Everywhere in the town shots were to be
heard, and in different streets the corpses of shot Jews accumulated.
The White Ruthenians were in the greatest distress to free themselves
from the encirclement. Regardless of the fact that the Jewish people,
among whom were also tradesmen were mistreated in a terribly barbarous
way, in front of the White Ruthenian people, the White Ruthenians
themselves were also worked over with rubber clubs and rifle butts.
There was no question of an action against the Jews any more. It
rather looked like a revolution."

[...]

"In conclusion, I find myself obliged to point out that the Police
Battalion has looted in an unheard of manner during the action, and
that not only in Jewish houses but just the same in those of the White
Ruthenians, anything of use such as boots, leather, cloth, gold and
other valuables, has been taken away. On the basis of statements of
members of the Armed Forces, watches were torn off the arms of Jews in
public, on the street, and rings were pulled off the fingers in the
most brutal manner. A major of the Finance Department reported that a
Jewish girl was asked by the police to obtain immediately 5,000
roubles to have her father released. This girl is said to have
actually gone everywhere in order to obtain the money."

[...]

"I am submitting this report in duplicate so that one copy may be
forwarded to the Reich Minister. Peace and order cannot be maintained
in White Ruthenia with methods of that sort. To bury seriously wounded
people alive who worked their way out of their graves again, is such a
base and filthy act that the incident as such, should be reported to
the Fuehrer and Reich Marshal.

"The civil administration of White Ruthenia makes very strenuous
efforts to win the population over to Germany, in accordance with the
instructions of the Fuehrer. These efforts cannot be brought in
harmony with the methods described herein." (TGMWC, Vol. III, p. 195)

1944

Banska  Bystrica, center of the Slovakian revolt, falls to
the Germans, effectively ending organized resistance during
the Slovakian national uprising. In the wake of the German
advance begun the previous month, units of Einsatzgruppe H
round up and, under the guise of "security operations," kill
opponents of the collaborationist Slovak government,
including Jews and Gypsies. (USHMM, 1994, p. 65)

                         Work Cited
                              
Browning, Christopher R. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police
   Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. New York: HarperCollins, 1992

TGMWC. Trial of German Major War Criminals. His Majesty's Stationery Office,
   London, 1946                           

USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Fifty
   Years Ago: Darkness Before Dawn: Days of Remembrance, April
   3-10, 1994. Washington, D.C.: 1994



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