Operational Situation Report USSR No. 132
(November 12, 1941)
The Chief of the Security Police and the Security
November 12, 1941
OPERATIONAL SITUATION REPORT USSR NO. 132
The number of executions carried out by Sonderkommando
4a has meanwhile increased to 55,432.
Among those executed by Sonderkommando 4a in the latter
half of October 1941 until the date of this report, in addition to a
comparatively small number of political functionaries, active Communists,
people guilty of sabotage, etc., the larger part were again Jews. A
considerable part of these were Jewish prisoners-of-war handed over
by the German Army at Borispol, at the request of the Commander of the
Borispol POW camp. On October 14, 1941 a platoon of Sonderkommando 4a
shot 752 Jewish prisoners-of-war, among them some commissars and 78
wounded Jews handed over by the camp physician.
At the same time, the platoon executed 24 partisans
and Communists arrested by the local commander at Borispol. It should
be noted that due largely to the energetic help of the German Army authorities
in Borispol these activities in Borispol were carried out smoothly.
Another platoon of Sonderkommando 4a was active at
Lubny. Without any opposition, it executed 1,363 Jews, Communists,
and partisans, among them 53 prisoners-of-war and a few Jewish rifle-women.
Before the war, Lubny had 35,000 inhabitants, among them 14,000 Jews.
A recent census undertaken by the local municipal administration showed
that of 20,000 inhabitants allegedly only 1,500 Jews can be listed.
Sonderkommando 4b is stationed in Poltava, according
to a report dated October 16, 1941. Slaviansk is to be it's next location.
The work of Sonderkommando 4b, influenced partly by weather and road
conditions, was mainly limited to the area of Poltava. In the week from
October 4, 1941 to October 10, 1941, a total of 186 persons were executed,
among them 21 political functionaries, four people guilty of sabotage
and looting, and 161 Jews. In addition, the task of the Sonderkommando
included searches and pursuits of former leading Communist functionaries
and members of the executive committee of the Poltava district.
Everywhere in the area of Sonderkommando 4b, full
understanding was shown by the German Army for the activity of the Sonderkommando
in connection with the security service and the police.
The number of people executed by Einsatzkommando 5
amounted to 15,110 on October 20, 1941. Of this number, 20 political
functionaries, 21 people guilty of sabotage and looting, and 1,847 Jews
were shot between October 13, 1941 and October 19, 1941. On October
18, 1941, 300 insane Jews from the Kiev lunatic asylum were liquidated.
This represented a particularly heavy psychological burden for the members
of Einsatzkommando 5 who were in charge of this operation.
A large part of the work of Einsatzkommando 5 is dealing
with denunciations which are reported daily in great numbers by all
classes of the population. These necessitate subsequent interrogations
Between September 23, 1941 and October 4, 1941, 85
political functionaries, 14 people guilty of sabotage and looting, and
179 Jews were executed in Dniepropetrovsk.
137 trucks full of clothes made available as a result
of the campaign against the Jews of Zhitmoir and Kiev were put at the
disposal of the National Socialist People's Welfare Organization (1)
for further disposal. The greater part of these articles, after having
been disinfected, were distributed among ethnic Germans. From this supply,
a field hospital of the Waffen-SS, among others, was able to meet its
requirements of woolen blankets, etc. [for the bitter cold winter months].
(1) Nationalsozialistsche Wohlfahrtspflege (NSW)
Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and
Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 227-9)
Source: The Nizkor Project