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From klewis@veritas.nizkor.org Thu Sep 26 20:30:15 PDT 1996
Article: 69149 of alt.revisionism
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From: klewis@veritas.nizkor.org (Ken Lewis)
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Subject: The Einsatzgruppen Reports - Authenticity
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 16:15:42 GMT
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"As did all the other units in the German military bureaucracy, the
Sonderkommandos and the Einsatzkommandos reported on their extermination
activities to their respective Einsatzgruppe headquarters which sent the
information to Berlin. There the RSHA compiled concise reports in the name
of the Chief of Sipo and the SD. Copies were distributed to high-ranking
army, police and SS officers, diplomats, members of the foreign office and
even to industrialists as they related to economic factors in the Soviet
territories.

The Einsatzgruppen Reports were discovered by the U.S. Army in Gestapo
headquarters in Berlin after the war. They were initially impounded by a
research analyst attached to the Berlin branch of the Office of the Chief
Council for War Crimes (OCCWC), established under Council Law Number 10 of
the Allied occupation authorities).The head of the office, Benjamin Ferencz,
who became Chief U.S. Prosecutor at the Einsatzgruppen War Crimes Trials,
turned them over to U.S. Army custody. They were sealed and transported to
Nuremberg to the office of General Telford Taylor, Chief Council for War
Crimes, for use in preparing for the Einsatzgruppen War Crimes Trial.."

Work Cited:

The Einsatzgruppen Reports. ed. Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski, Shmuel
Spector. New York: Holocaust Library. 1989. p xiii


From klewis@veritas.nizkor.org Thu Sep 26 19:26:52 PDT 1996
Article: 69119 of alt.revisionism
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From: klewis@veritas.nizkor.org (Ken Lewis)
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Subject: The Einsatzgruppen Reports - Authenticity Part 2
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 16:47:06 GMT
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"During the first days of the Einsatzgruppen Trial the authenticity of the
reports was established beyond doubt, after which the German defendants did
not challenge their validity.

During the war, the person responsible for the reports as they were received
in Berlin was Kurt Lindlow, an officer in the RSHA. On July 21, 1947, at the
Einsatzgruppen Trial, he identified the reports and gave the following
testimony concerning the methods used in their compilation:



'From October 1941 until about the middle of 1942, I first was deputy chief
and later chief of subdepartment IV A 1 [of the RSHA]. This subdepartment
dealt with Communism, war crimes, and enemy propaganda. Moreover, it handled
the reports of the various Einsatzgruppen until the command staff was set up
in 1942. The Einsatzgruppen in the East regularly sent their reports to
Berlin by wireless or by letter. The reports noted the various locations of
the Gruppen and the most important events during the period under survey.

I read most of the reports and passed them on to Dr. Knobloch, Inspector of
the Criminal Police, who compiled them at first. The compilation was
published daily under the title 'Operational Situation Reports - U.S.S.R.'
These reports were stenciled and I corrected them. Afterwards they were
mimeographed and distributed. The originals of the reports which were sent
to the Reich Security Main Office [RSHA] were mostly signed by the commander
of the Einsatzgruppe or his deputy.

The reports, 'Operational Situation Reports - U.S.S.R.' [Nos. 114, 115, 118,
128, 138, 141, 142, 144, and 159] as shown to me, are photostats of the
original reports drawn up by Dr. Knobloch in subdepartment IV A 1 of which I
was chief. I recognize them as such by the red borders, discernible on the
photostat, their size, the typefaces, and incomplete borders.

I identify the handwritten initials appearing on the various reports as
those of persons employed by the Reich Security Main Office. Considering
that six years have elapsed since then, I cannot remember the full names of
these persons whose handwritten initials appear on the documents. From the
contents of the handwritten notes, I conclude that these were made by Dr.
Knobloch. Moreover, I notice that various parts of the above-mentioned
reports are extracted from the original reports of the Einsatzgruppen to the
Reich Security Main Office.

On the strength of my positions as deputy chief and, later on, chief of
subdepartment IV A 1, I consider myself a competent witness, able to confirm
that the 'Operational Situation Reports - U.S.S.R.' which was published by
the chief of the security police and the security service under file mark IV
A 1 were compiled entirely from the original reports of the Einsatzgruppen
reaching my subdepartment by wireless or by letter. ' " (12)



(12) NMT, vol IV, pp. 99-100


Work Cited:

The Einsatzgruppen Reports. ed. Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski, Shmuel
Spector. New York: Holocaust Library. 1989. p xiv-xv




From klewis@veritas.nizkor.org Thu Sep 26 15:07:56 PDT 1996
Article: 69026 of alt.revisionism
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From: klewis@veritas.nizkor.org (Ken Lewis)
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Subject: The Einsatzgruppen Reports - Authenticity Part 3
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 18:07:54 GMT
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"The Ereignismeldungen UdSSR (Morning Reports - U.S.S.R.) were initiated on
June 23, 1941, and terminated with No. 195 on April 24, 1942. Thet were
published almost daily. On May 1, 1942, they were replaced by the weekly
reports called Meldungen aus den besetzten Ostgebieten (13) which appeared
until May 21, 1943 (number 55).

The original reports were sent to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
after the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. In 1960 they were given to the
Bundesarchiv (the West German national archives) in Koblenz. Photocopies of
all the reports remain in the National Archives in Washington and at Yad
Vashem, the Holocaust Museum and Memorial in Jerusalem.

The Einsatzgruppen constituted the principle German instrument of
annihilation of the Jewish people in the Eastern (Soviet) territories. While
other groups fell victim to the Einsatzgrupppen, only Jews were doomed as a
people in their entirety."


Work Cited:

The Einsatzgruppen Reports. ed. Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski, Shmuel
Spector. New York: Holocaust Library. 1989. p xv




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