Operational Situation Report USSR No. 175
(March 2, 1942)
The Chief of the Security Police and Security Police
OPERATIONAL SITUATION REPORT USSR No. 175
Increased partisan activity in the area of Slutsk and Baranovichi
continues. Several arrests for holding arms without permit. Locomotives
collided in Baranovichi due to an act of sabotage by Polish railway
workers. Two electricians were arrested in Minsk. They are suspected
of having cut the telegraph cable of the militairy airport three times
during the last eight days.
A Jew was shot in public in the Baranovichi Ghetto because he refused
to work. In Minsk, four Jewesses and six Jews were arrested for being
outside the ghetto without a permit and because they did not wear
the Jewish badge. The Polish district mayor of Chukin in the district
of Baranovichi was shot by a Sonderfuhrer of the German Army for resistance
activity. A secret agent obtained a wireless receiver for partisans
through an agent from the factory for telecommunication equipment.
Distribution of land that had been announced in the Rear Army Area
was interpreted as a sign of wekness by the Communist adversary. Part
of the population expressed considerable joy as its first reaction
[to the announcement].
The mood continues to be low within the population because of rumors
of increased partisan activity, air attacks, etc. In the towns, the
food situation gets worse from day to day. More and more places of
work are abandoned.
Emigration, even by Jews, to the west has been noticed for the first
time in the rural communities. The peasents hide part of their last
reserves of grain and fodder.
Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and
Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 301-2)
Source: The Nizkor Project