Newsgroups: soc.history,soc.culture.jewish Subject: Holocaust Calendar: October 27 Followup-To: alt.revisionism Organization: The Nizkor Project X-Remember: http://www.nizkor.org [Follow-ups set] 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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