Operational Situation Report USSR No.
The Chief of the Security Police and the SD Berlin,
March 6, 1942
General situation in regard to basic views
The strong measures taken by the Einsatzgruppe against the Jews and former
Communist Party members had good results with respects to the feelings of
the general public. Not only the treatment of the Jews but also the actions
against persons causing unrest are accepted with [sympathetic]
In general, cooperation with Ukrainian officers and with the militia is
good. The fact that Senista, the mayor of Kremenchug, was arrested for
sabotaging orders, demonstrates that responsible officials are not always
selected with the necessary care and attention. Only after the
Einsatzkommandos had interrogated the official could it be established that
he had purposely sabotaged the handling of the Jewish problem.
He used false data and authorized the chief priest Protyorey Romansky to
baptize the Jews whom he himself had selected, giving them Christian or
Russian first names. His immediate arrest prevented a larger number of Jews
from evading German control. Senitsa was executed.
After the advance of the front had come to a standstill, the long stay of
the Kommandos resulted in a considerable accumulation of cases. Police
activity suffered very much from the cold temperature and the obliteration
of tracks by the snow.
Sonderkommando 4b executed 1,317 people (among them 63 political agitators,
30 saboteurs and partisans, and 1,224 Jews). With this action, the district
of Artemovsk was also freed of Jews.
As a result of the activity of Einsatzkommando 5, a number of political
agitators, 114 saboteurs and looters, as well as 1,580 Jews were shot, in
all 1,880 people. This kommando also carried out an action against the
As a result of the measures carried out by Einsatzkommando 6, both the
Gorlovka and Makeyevka districts are free now of Jews. A small number who
remained in Stalino will be moved as soon as whether conditions permit. A
total of 493 people were executed here, among them 80 political agitators,
44 saboteurs and looters, and 369 Jews.
The number of arrested old members of the Communist Party remaining here is
striking. This suggests specific intentions of the enemy in this zone. Also,
four armed parachutists were liquidated here.
Translations by Hermann Feuer
Copyright: H.E.A.R.T 2008