Operational Situation Report USSR No. 13
The Chief of the Security Police and the SD Berlin,
July 5, 1941
On July 5, 1941 a non-political and non-party Ukrainian national newspaper appeared for the first time in Lvov. The first edition contains greetings and introductions by the city commandant General Renz, the Ukrainian-Greek UNIATE Metropolitan Sheptitsky and Major Poliansky.
The Metropolitan Graf Sheptitsky, who is highly esteemed by all Ukrainians, will read a Pastoral Letter on July 6, 1941, the contents of which have been agreed upon.
Contents: The Ukrainian people's gratitude for their liberation by the Germans.
Prison full of dead bodies (400 - 600). All officials have fled.
Location July 5, 1941: Slonim
Location: Minsk. The same
As all the officials have fled and archives have been carted off from the former Polish area, it has become necessary to concentrate the entire Einsatzgruppe in Minsk, since it is a bustling center and capital of the White Russian Soviet Republic.
EK 7b reports from Baranovichi systematic destruction of archives. Officials and clerks have fled. Church attendance is high. Economic life greatly disrupted due to the Kolkhoz-system; thus, lack of food.
The party building has been requisitioned for the main office in spite of objections from commander Colonel Pickel. Documents and photographs have been secured from the NKVD office. Pogroms are being initiated, heavy destruction, shops looted and demolished; supply situation bad. Church attendance is high.
Bielsk-Podlaski: Supporting troops have taken over all positions. Party officials have fled. Leaders of Jewish intelligensia (in particular teachers, lawyers, Soviet officials) liquidated. Public feelings towards Germans friendly, especially among peasants. On June 20, 1941 Soviet Russians still deported workers to Northern Russia. Church attendance is high.
EK 9 is relieved on July 5, 1941, in Grodno and moves on to Lida. During July 4 and 5, 1941, Volkovisk and Slonim will be searched by security forces.
Translations by Hermann Feuer
Copyright: H.E.A.R.T 2007