Operational Situation Report USSR No.
The Chief of the Security Police and the SD Berlin,
March 20, 1942
Mood and behavior of the population
Further large-scale actions against Jews, for instance, in Rakov and Cherven
(15,000 Jews were shot in Cherven) caused insecurity, even some anxiety
among the Byelorussian population, whose educated circles remarked that they
are not used to such actions since the time of the Soviets and [worried]
that there might be unforeseen consequences to such measures.
Fight against partisans
On March 8, 1942, at a meeting in the office of the commander of the Rear
Army Group Area Center, a large-scale action was discussed, to be carried
out by the German Army in the area around Bobruisk and Bryansk.
The commander, General von Schenkendorff, expressed his gratitude to
Einsatzgruppe B for their Security Police and Security Service activity. He
remarked that the Army would not have been able to act successfully without
their cooperation. He pointed out that the Security Police and Security
Service were indispensable to the Army because of their experience gained in
the campaign in the east.
He added that he expected the officers
participating in the meeting (commanders of Divisions Ia, Ib, etc.) to work
in closest contact with the Security Police forces and the Security Police,
particularly in the planned action.
Translations by Hermann Feuer
Copyright: H.E.A.R.T 2008