Operational Situation Report USSR No. 173
(February 25, 1942)
The Chief of the Security Police and the SD
February 25, 1942
In the course of a routine Security Police screening
of an additional part of the civilian population around Leningrad,
140 more people had to be shot. The reasons for this were as follows:
a) Active participation in the Communist Party
before the arrival of the German troops;
b) Seditious and provocative activity since the
arrival of the German Army;
e) Belonging to the Jewish race.
During the period January 14 to February 12, 1942, 861 people were
shot by order of the Summary Court by Sonderkommando 4b. Of this number,
649 were political officials, 52 saboteurs and partisans, and 139
The number of Summary Court shootings carried out by Einsatzkommando
5 during the period January 12 to January 24, 1942 totalled 104 political
officials, 75 saboteurs and looters, and about 8,000 Jews. In the
past weeks, Einsatzkommando 6 shot 173 political officials, 56 saboteurs
and looters, and 149 Jews.
In Dniepropetrovsk particular importance has recently been attached
to combatting the numerous habitual criminals. On February 14, 1942,
it was possible, in collaboration with the Ukrainian militia, to arrest
25 capital offenders, some of whom were escaped prisoners. Among those
arrested were two of the main perpetrators of a mass murder, and a
document forger who was particularly skilled in the art of making
German and Ukrainian official seals.
During the period January 10 to February 6, 1942, in Dniepropetrovsk,
17 habitual criminals, 103 Communist officials, 16 partisans, and
about 350 Jews were shot by order of the Summary Court.
In addition, 400 inmates of the Igrin mental hospital and 320 inmates
of the Vasilkova mental hospital were disposed of.
Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and
Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 299-300)