Operational Situation Report USSR No. 13
On July 5, 1941 a non-political and non-party Ukrainian
national newspaper appeared for the first time in Lvov.
The first edition contains greetings and introductions
by the city commandant General Renz, the Ukrainian-Greek UNIATE Metropolitan
Sheptitsky and Major Poliansky.
The Metropolitan Graf Sheptitsky, who is highly esteemed
by all Ukrainians, will read a Pastoral Letter on July 6, 1941, the
contents of which have been agreed upon.
Contents: The Ukrainian people's gratitude for their
liberation by the Germans.
Prison full of dead bodies (400 - 600). All officials
Location July 5, 1941: Slonim
Location: Minsk. The same
As all the officials have fled and archives have been
carted off from the former Polish area, it has become necessary to concentrate
the entire Einsatzgruppe in Minsk, since it is a bustling center and
capital of the White Russian Soviet Republic.
EK 7b reports from Baranovichi systematic destruction
of archives. Officials and clerks have fled. Church attendance is high.
Economic life greatly disrupted due to the Kolkhoz-system; thus, lack
The party building has been requisitioned for the main
office in spite of objections from commander Colonel Pickel. Documents
and photographs have been secured from the NKVD office. Pogroms are
being initiated, heavy destruction, shops looted and demolished; supply
situation bad. Church attendance is high.
Bielsk-Podlaski: Supporting troops have taken over
all positions. Party officials have fled. Leaders of Jewish intelligensia
(in particular teachers, lawyers, Soviet officials) liquidated. Public
feelings towards Germans friendly, especially among peasants. On June
20, 1941 Soviet Russians still deported workers to Northern Russia.
Church attendance is high.
EK 9 is relieved on July 5, 1941, in Grodno and moves
on to Lida. During July 4 and 5, 1941, Volkovisk and Slonim will be
searched by security forces.
Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and
Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 8-9)