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Operational Situation Report USSR No. 179

The Chief of the Security Police and Security Service

March 11, 1942



Einsatzgruppe B
Location: Smolensk

Enemy propaganda

Because of the proximity of the front, increased enemy propaganda, particularly the dropping of leaflets, was observed in Vitebsk and vicinity. Contrary to earlier occasions when such leaflets were generally ignored, it is now observed for the first time how they are passed from hand to hand. This might be explained in terms of interest in events on the front and the lack of relevant German propaganda. Next to leaflet propaganda, whisper campaigns have considerably increased. The originators are, without exception, the Jews who are still living scattered throughout the villages.

The following report is available on Gomel: because of the present situation at the front, increased anti-German tendencies are noted, finding expression in Gomel on posters, calling upon the population to come out and fight against the German Army. These calls are enhanced by vivid whisper propaganda, transmitted by partisans in transit and Jews who are still on the move in the area.
(The Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 310)

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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