Judgment 20, Eichmann Adolf

The Organization Plan for Jewish Affairs in the RSHA

78. In March 1941, the organization chart in the RSHA was
revised, and the Accused was put in charge of Section IVB4,
which was to deal with “Jewish affairs, evacuation affairs”
(T/99). In November 1941, he reached the rank of
Obersturmbannfuhrer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the SS.

Here, we must review briefly the organizational side of the
handling of Jewish affairs within the framework of the RSHA,
as it developed in the course of time. At the beginning,
there were two aspects to this, intelligence work and
executive measures. At the SD Head Office, intelligence
work in connection with Jewish affairs was in the hands of
the Accused’s old Department II 112, and with the setting up
of the RSHA, this Department was brought within the new
framework as Section IIB2. Additional duties of
intelligence against Jews abroad were carried out by Section
VIH2 of the RSHA, “Judaism and Anti-Semitism”, headed by
Hagen, the Accused’s former colleague (T/99, pp. 24, 26 and
T/647). As mentioned above, in December 1939, the Accused
was transferred to Department IV of the RSHA, that is the
Gestapo, which was the office which occupied itself with
executive police duties (T/170). Thus, the gradual
transformation of the Accused from an intelligence officer
to an executive officer, which began with his activities at
the Central Office for Emigration in Vienna, was completed.

In January 1940, his department was absorbed within the
regular framework of Department IV as Section IVD4,
“Emigration and Evacuation” (T/647). Jewish affairs, as
such were still handled in another section of Department IV,
namely Section IVD3, headed by a man named Schroeder. Of
course, this does not detract from the fact that during this
period the Accused was already dealing with Jewish matters
within the framework of his own Section, “Emigration and
Evacuation.” As already mentioned, in March 1941 Jewish
affairs as such were also specifically handed over to him
within the framework of Section IVB4, in addition to his
previous task of “evacuations.” In this same organization
chart (T/99), Jewish affairs appear also in Department VII –
a new department set up in the meantime for the “Research
and Evaluation of Foreign Ideologies,” – in other words,
intelligence matters, in Section VIIBi, “Freemasons and
Jews.” No Referent was appointed to this Section (p. 22,
supra). Therefore, from now on, the Accused’s Section dealt
centrally with all matters in the RSHA connected with
operations against Jews.

An additional stage in the development of these matters we
see in the organization chart dated 1 October 1943 (T/104).
Here, the Accused, as head of Section IVB4, also took over
matters concerning “confiscation of property of persons
hostile to the people and the state, and the cancellation of
German nationality,” which was previously within the
jurisdiction of Section IIA5 (T/99, p. 8). This change-over
was dictated by the circumstances, since confiscation of
property and cancellation of nationality mainly affected the
Jews. The intelligence side was now represented by Section
VIIB2, “Judaism,” headed by one Ballensiefen (see exhibit
T/104 in extenso, which appears in vol. 38 of the Nuremberg
Documents, German edition, at p. 60 et seq.).

In the last stage, in 1944, the Accused’s Section was given
a new designation, IVA4 (T/55 (14), evidence of
Huppenkothen, p. 14). In the meantime, the handling of
church matters was also transferred to his Section (T/37,
pp. 261/2).

The person directly in charge of the Accused from the time
he joined Department IV was the head of the department, SS
Gruppenfuhrer and Police Lt. General Mueller, but it is not
disputed that, in fact, the Accused had direct access to
Mueller, thus by-passing the head of the Group.

Last-Modified: 1999/05/27