Keitel Bans Wehrmacht Contacts
With Jews in the East
(September 12, 1941)
High Command of the Wehrmacht
WFST [Armed Forces Operation Staff] Div. L (IV/Qu)
No. 02041/41 Secret
Fuehrer Headquarters, September 12, 1941
Re: Jews in the Occupied Eastern Territories
...The struggle against Bolshevism demands ruthless and
energetic action, and first of all against the Jews as well, as the main
bearers of Bolshevism.
There will, therefore, be no cooperation whatever
between the Wehrmacht and the Jewish population, whose attitude is openly
or secretly anti-German, and no use is to be made of individual Jews for
any preferential auxiliary services for the Wehrmacht. Under no
circumstances are papers to be issued by Military Offices to Jews
confirming that they are employed for purposes of the Wehrmacht.
The only exception to be made is the use of Jews in
specially organized labor columns, which are only to be employed under
It is requested to make this order known to the troops.
Chief of the High Command of the Wehrmacht