Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team
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Operational Situation Report USSR No. 191
The Chief of the Security Police and the SD Berlin,
April 10, 1942
Within the framework of the Security Police actions, the following arrests were made in the period February 16, to March 21, 1942.
In Kaunas - 9 Communists, 37 Jews, 4 Poles, 11 Saboteurs. Total: 61
In Vilnius - 94 Communists, 24 Jews, 192 Poles, 9 counter-intelligence agents and saboteurs Total: 319
In Siauliai - 21 Communists, 3 Jews, Total: 24
The following were shot:
In Kaunas - 38 terrorists (among them 7 women), 6 spies, (among them 1 woman), 18 NKVD agents and professional criminals (among them 1 Catholic priest), 19 active Communists (among them 12 Russian and 1 Polish farmer), 1 Russian prisoner of war, 24 Jews (among them 1 Jewess), Total: 106
In Siauliai - 2 Russian prisoners of war hanged, 1 Russian peasant (active Communist). Total: 3
In Vilnius - 23 active Communists (among them24 women),73 Jews (among them 23 women and 2 children), 14 Poles (resistance movement), 20 Poles (forgers of passports and others, among them 4 women), 7 spies. Total: 137
Situation and mood in the Ukraine, and the western Ukraine
As always, the Jews constitute the busiest and most active part of the population in the General District -Volhynia/Podolia and in the localities from where they have as yet not been resettled. Not only trade, but handicrafts are controlled by them.
The present mood of the Jews which is, of course, not at all identical with their submissive and servile behavior, is best characterized by the following remark made by a Jew: "It would be enough for us if the Bolshevik regime would return even for two hours so that we could take revenge for what is done to us."
The Jews have disappeared from Kharkov ever since they were removed. Nevertheless, there are still some Jews in hiding in the rural districts as well as in town. This occurred with the help of the Ukrainians who, after adequate indoctrination, have recognized the destructive nature of the Jews. They have reported Jews in hiding, or families who housed them. With a few exception, the attitude of the population of Kharkov to the Jews is absolutely negative.
There are no indications of the remains of an organized Bolshevik organization in the General District Volhynia/Podolia. However there are individual members and agents of the NKVD all over, who engage in whisper campaigns and seditious activities. In some cases, Jews were also caught for spreading biased reports.
Translations by Hermann Feuer
Copyright: H.E.A.R.T 2008