Operational Situation Report USSR No. 148
The Chief of the Security Police and the SD Berlin,
December 19, 1941
Measures against criminals and looters
The following were shot after summary proceedings:
One Russian who proved to have murdered mayor Nikta Kaslov in Pudavaya near
One second lieutenant who had committed embezzlement in several cases;
A Russian who had hung around as a vagrant for several months and who had
made his living as a thief;
Two Jews and two Russians who had looted repeatedly;
Four Russians who had made their living by committing punishable offences,
The Russian Ivan Gorlov in Gzhatsk, a member of the Communist Party since
1924 who was proved to have participated in setting fire to mills,
warehouses, and granaries;
Two Russians who, after the arrival of the German troops, carried out
looting of food, and illegal slaughtering in Gzhatsk;
Three Russians in Kursk who had looted;
A Russian in Orel who was caught in the act of setting a fire, and 12 other
persons, among them several Jews, who were proved to have helped in starting
Sidarov, a member of the NKVD, who had a leading part in starting fires and
in looting in Orel;
The head of the local Order Police in Rudnia Korochenko, who did not carry
out any of the instructions of the German occupation authorities. A
considerable amount of loot was found in his apartment;
Three Russian women in Gomel who wereinvolved in prostituion and had
infected several German soldiers.
During the purging of the forced labor camp at the Mogilev base, 150 Jews
were apprehended who had been rebellious. They were shot.
During the checks along the roads radiating out of Mogilev carried out with
the help of the Order Police, 135 people, mostly Jews, were apprehended. The
Jews were not wearing the Jewish badge; others were on a 'tour' without the
prescribed [identification] papers. 127 people were shot.
In agreement with the commander, the transit camp in Mogilev was searched
for Jews and officials. 126 people were found and shot.
As was shown by confidential messages, the Jews in Bobruisk became active
again immediately after the Teilkommando was withdrawn. Some of them no
longer wore their Jewish badges. Refusals to work increased. Connections
with partisans were detected, and, finally, provocative conduct towards
members of the German occupation forces [was detected]. The strongest
measures had to be taken to stop these activities which greatly endangered
public security and order. Therefore, by carrying out a special action, a
total of 5,281 Jews of both sexes were shot. The town of Bobruisk and its
nearby area is free of Jews.
Since the Jews in Partichi near Bobruisk showed a hostile attitude to the
Germans and had close connections with partisans, a special action was
carried out in the course of which 1,013 Jews and Jewesses were shot.
A large-scale action against the Jews was necessary in Rudnya near Smolensk
because they lent extensive help to the partisans, spread disruptive
proaganda, partly refused to work, and did not wear their Jewish badges.
This, altogether 835 Jews of both sexes were shot.
52 Jews were caught in Gomel without identification papers, trying to pass
themselves off as Russians. Among them were also Communist agitators. They
Confidential agents reported that the still numerous partisans in Gomel were
aided in every way by the Jews. Consequently, a special action had to be
carried out in Gomel, Rogachev, and Kormu. Thus, a total of 2,365 Jews and
Jewesses were shot.
Following an action against the partisans which was carried out by the 221st
Security Division with the aid of a troop of Einsatzkommando 9 in the area
of Klinovichi, a reorganization of the township of Klinovichi and Cherikov
became necessary because the Jews of the townships proved hostile to the
Germans and sympathized with the partisans. Altogether 786 Jews of both
sexes were shot.
For the same reasons, special actions were carried out in Roslavl and
Shumyachi near Roslavl. A total of 510 Jews of both sexes were shot.
Sixteen mentaly ill Jewish and Russian children were shot in Shumyachi. They
had been placed in a children's home which had been left in a totally
neglected condition by the Soviet authorities. In part, the children were
laying in their own excrement. All had severe eczema. The German chief
military physician from the hospital in Shumyachi who was called in for
consultation declared that the children's home and its inmates were an
epidemic center of the first degree, sufficient reason for their shooting.
In Vitebsk, the ghetto was evacuated. During the process a total of 4,090
Jews of both sexes were shot.
Translations by Hermann Feuer
Copyright: H.E.A.R.T 2008