Apart from 215 Jewish and Bolshevik officials, 15
more NKVD agents were shot in Bialystok. The NKVD office had been completely
burnt down. Only in the cellar vaults was it possible to secure various
lists. The executions continued all the time at the same rate. The Polish
section of the population has shown it supports the executions by the
Security Police by informing on Jewish, Russian, and also Polish Bolsheviks.
The security of the city and of the surrounding districts is not, at
present, sufficiently assured, owing to a lack of Byelorussian police
forces. When the Soviets entered Bialystok in 1939, they sent all police
and judicial officials to Siberia, and set up a new administration.
This set-up was, however, completely dissolved by the Russians before
the Wehrmacht occupation. All official files and documents were destroyed.
An auxiliary police force was formed, subordinate to the Einsatz unit
in Bialystok, by recruiting the White Russian forces and former Polish
Only 96 Jews were executed in Grodno and Lida during
the first days. I gave orders to intensify these activities. The headquarters
of the Grodno Communist party was seized and the materials found in
it were confiscated. A card index with photographs were also found
which provided information on the killing activity of the GPU. Notes
of a Russian officer were also found, showing individual preparations
for war by the Soviets.
The activity of all the Kommandos has progressed
satisfactorily. The liquidations, in particular, are in full swing
and usually take place daily. The carrying out of the necessary liquidations
is assured in every instance under any circumstances.
It emerges more and more clearly that the main responsibility
lies with the rear section of the army area for the seizure of resistance
groups, partisans, Red functionaries, and Jews. This is due to the
gradual surfacing of fugitives who had escaped into the forests and
swamps. It is, therefore, not practical to pull the Einsatzkommandos
out of the area of the security sectors.
Einsatzgruppen Reports by Yitzak Arad, Shmuel Krakowski and
Shmuel Spector, editors. p. 22-24)