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 RE:  Conferment of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz.
 RE:  My telegram to you, no. 2719, of 19 Nov. 1941.

 The Commandant's Office has submitted to date two lists recommending the
 conferment of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz. In both of these appear SS personnel
 who participated in executions. We herewith request confirmation as to
 whether these names should be listed once again in the roll currently under
 preparation. Further requested is information as to whether in the
 recommendation lists under "Reasons and Comments of Immediate Superior" there
 should be specified, "Execution, i.e., special action" or whether a general,
 routine reason should be given.

                                         The Camp Commandant
                                         Signed, Roedl
                                         SS Obersturmbannfuehrer

[Reply to the previous inquiry. Dated 20.November.1941]

In the lists of recommendation for the conferment of the KVK to SS members who
participated in the executions, under "reasons" enter: "completion of vital
war assignments." The word "execution" should under no circumstances be
mentioned. In the lists to be handed in, the names already submitted should be
cited once again.

                                        Signed, Liebehenschel
                                        SS Obersturmbannfuehrer

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