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Operational Situation Report USSR No. 143

The Chief of the Security Police and Security Service

December 8, 1941

65 copies



Einsatzgruppe C
Location: Kiev

Security police measures of the Einsatzkommandos

On November 9, 1941, the number of people executed by SK 4a amounted to 97,243.

On November 7, 1941, a Teilkommando of Sk 4a shot 385 Jews after summary proceedings in Gornostaipol. The Jews had mostly been rounded up from the surrounding villages. On their way back to Kiev, the same Kommando on the same day shot 120 Jews in Dymer and 30 Jews and partisans in Oster. In cooperation with the German Army, this action was carried out without incident.

From October 31, 1941 to November 5, 1941, the SK shot a total of 740 people after summary proceedings, among them:

3 political officials
1 saboteur
137 Jews
599 mentally ill persons

This action was carried out without difficulties due to the advance preparations. The farm freed after the greater part of the inmates of the Poltava lunatic asylum had been shot is primarily used by the local field hospitals. Underwear, clothing, and household articles have also been placed at the disposal of the field hospitals. The remaining 200 inmates of the asylum, who are incurable, have been sent to work in the agricultural plant.

A Teilkommando of SK 4b has started to purge the prison camp in Losovaya.

The total number of persons shot after summary proceedings by Einsatzkommando 5 on November 10, 1941, amounted to 2,514.

Between November 2 and November 18, 1941, EK5 shot

15 political officials
21 saboteurs and looters
10,650 Jews
and 424 hostages.

The hostages were shot by agreement with the Military Commander of Kiev in retaliation for increased incidents of arson and sabotage. In a proclamation to the population of Kiev, the City Commander publicized the shooting of the hostages. He also stressed that for every new case of arson and sabotage, a large number of people would be shot. Furthermore, he stressed that it was the duty of all the inhabitants to report immediately to the German police any suspicious thing they observe.

Since November 6 and 7, 1941, an action against the Jews that had been prepared for some time was carried out in Rovno, where about 15,000 Jews were shot. According to the orders of Higher SS and Police Chiefs, the organization of this action was in the hands of the German Order Police. Aussenkommando Rovno of Einsatzkommando 5 participated substantially in carrying out this Aktion.

From October 26, 1941 to November 11, 1941, EK 6, after summary proceedings, shot:

26 political officials
10 saboteurs and looters
43 Jews;

in the period November 3 to 9, 1941:

20 political officials
3 saboteurs
113 Jews;

and from November 10 to 16, 1941:

4 political officials
10 saboteurs and looters
and 47 Jews.

The total number of people whom EK 6 executed between November 17 and 23, 1941, amounts to 105, including

24 political officials
20 saboteurs and looters
61 Jews.
(The Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 251-3)

For additional information about the mobile killing units, and what the Allies had discovered about their operations, see
Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew by Richard Breitman, and
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning

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