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The Einsatzgruppen: The "Jaeger Report"

(December 1941)

The "Jaeger report" was written by an Einsatzgruppen commander in charge of liquidating Jews, communist leaders, partisans and others in the Soviet Union. There are many documents about the Einsatzgruppen massacres in the Soviet Union, but the "Jaeger report" is one of the most chillingly detailed of them.

To understand the magnitude of the massacres, note the total number of victims - 137,346. This is for only one Einsatzgruppen unit, in only a five month period, in only one area. This report reflects very clearly on the plan to kill all the Jews, except those which were needed for working purposes; those were, as the report notes, "only" to be sterilized; Jaeger goes on to state that "if despite sterilization a Jewess becomes pregnant she will be liquidated."


 The Commander of the security police and the SD Einsatzkommando 3       Kauen [Kaunas],   1 December 1941  -------------------------- |Secret Reich Business!  |             5 copies --------------------------             4th copy        Complete list of executions carried out in the EK 3 area       up to 1 December 1941  Security police duties in Lithuania taken over by Einsatzkommando 3 on 2 July 1941.  (The Wilna [Vilnius] area was taken over by EK 3 on 9 Aug. 1941, the Schaulen area on 2 Oct. 1941. Up until these dates EK 9 operated in Wilna and EK 2 in Schaulen.)  On my instructions and orders the following executions were conducted by Lithuanian partisans:  4.7.41       Kauen-Fort VII    416 Jews, 47  Jewesses                      463 6.7.41       Kauen-Fort VII    Jews                                        2,514  Following the formation of a raiding squad under the command of SS-Obersturmfuhrer Hamman and 8-10 reliable men from the Einsatzkommando. the following actions were conducted in cooperation with Lithuanian partisans:  7.7.41       Mariampole        Jews                                       32 8.7.41       Mariampole        14 Jews, 5 Comm. officials                 19 8.7.41       Girkalinei        Comm. oficcials                            6 9.7.41       Wendziogala       32 Jews, 2 Jewesses, 1 Lithuanian                                (f.), 2 Lithuanian Comm., 1                                Russian Comm.                              38 9.7.41       Kauen-Fort VII    21 Jews, 3 Jewesses                        24 14.7.41      Mariampole        21 Jews, 1 Russ., 9 Lith. Comm.            31 17.7.41      Babtei            8 Comm. officals (inc. 6 Jews)             8 18.7.41      Mariampole        39 Jews, 14 Jewesses                       53 19.7.41      Kauen-Fort VII    17 Jews, 2 Jewesses, 4 Lith.                                Comm., 2 Comm. Lithuanians (f.),                                1 German Comm.                             26 21.7.41      Panevezys         59 Jews, 11 Jewesses, 1                                Lithuanian (f.), 1 Pole, 22 Lith.                                Comm., 9 Russ. Comm.                       103 22.7.41      Panevezys         1 Jew                                      1 23.7.41      Kedainiai         83 Jews, 12 Jewesses, 14 Russ.                                Comm., 15 Lith. Comm., 1 Russ.                                O-Politruk                                 125 25.7.41      Mariampole        90 Jews, 13 Jewesses                       103 28.7.41      Panevezys         234 Jews, 15 Jewesses, 19 Russ.                                Comm., 20 Lith. Comm.                     288                                        Total carried forward             3,384  ------------------------------------------------------------------------  Sheet 2                                       Total carried over                3,384  29.7.41      Rasainiai         254 Jews, 3 Lith. Comm.                   257 30.7.41      Agriogala         27 Jews, 11 Lith. Comm.                    38 31.7.41      Utena             235 Jews, 16 Jewesses, 4 Lith.                                Comm., 1 robber/murderer                   256 31.7.41      Wendziogala       13 Jews, 2 murderers                       15 1.8.41       Ukmerge           254 Jews, 42 Jewesses, 1 Pol.                                Comm., 2 Lith. NKVD agents, 1                                mayor of Jonava who gave order                                to set fire to Jonava                      300 2.8.41       Kauen-Fort IV     170 Jews, 1 US Jewess, 33 Jewesses,                                4 Lith. Comm.                              209 4.8.41       Panevezys         362 Jews, 41 Jewesses, 5 Russ. Comm.,                                14 Lith. Comm.                             422 5.8.41       Rasainiai         213 Jews, 66  Jewesses                     279 7.8.41       Uteba             483 Jews, 87 Jewesses, 1 Lithuanian                                (robber of corpses of German soldiers)571 8.8.41       Ukmerge           620 Jews, 82 Jewesses                      702 9.8.41       Kauen-Fort IV     484 Jews, 50 Jewesses                      534 11.8.41      Panevezys         450 Jews, 48 Jewesses, 1 Lith. 1 Russ.     500 13.8.41      Alytus            617 Jews, 100 Jewesses, 1 criminal         719 14.8.41      Jonava            497 Jews, 55 Jewesses                      552 15-16.8.41   Rokiskis          3,200 Jews, Jewesses, and J. Children,                                5 Lith. Comm., 1 Pole, 1 partisan          3207 9-16.8.41    Rassainiai        294 Jewesses, 4 Jewish children            298 27.6-14.8.41 Rokiskis          493 Jews, 432 Russians, 56 Lithuanians                                (all active communists)                    981 18.8.41      Kauen-Fort IV     689  Jews, 402 Jewesses, 1 Pole (f.),                                711 Jewish intellectuals from Ghetto                                in reprisal for sabotage action            1,812 19.8.41      Ukmerge           298 Jews, 255 Jewesses, 1 Politruk,                                88 Jewish children, 1 Russ. Comm.          645 22.8.41      Dunaburg          3 Russ. Comm., 5 Latvian, incl. 1                                murderer, 1 Russ. Guardsman, 3 Poles,                                3 gypsies (m.), 1 gypsy (f.), 1 gypsy                                child, 1 Jew, 1 Jewess, 1 Armenian                                (m.), 2 Politruks (prison inspection                                in Dunanburg                               21                                         Total carried forward             16,152 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------  Sheet 3                                       Total carried forward             16,152  22.8.41      Aglona            Mentally sick: 269 men, 227 women,                                48 children                                544 23.8.41      Panevezys         1,312 Jews, 4,602 Jewesses, 1,609                                Jewish children                            7,523 18-22.8.41   Kreis Rasainiai   466 Jews, 440 Jewesses,      1,020                                Jewish children                            1,926 25.8.41      Obeliai           112 Jews, 627 Jewesses, 421                                Jewish children                            1,160 25-26.8.41   Seduva            230 Jews, 275 Jewesses, 159                                Jewish children                            664 26.8.41      Zarasai           767 Jews, 1,113 Jewesses, 1 Lith.                                Comm., 687 Jewish children, 1 Russ.                                Comm. (f.)                                 2,569 28.8.41      Pasvalys          402 Jews, 738 Jewesses, 209                                Jewish children                            1,349 26.8.41      Kaisiadorys       All Jews, Jewesses, and Jewish                                children                                   1,911 27.8.41      Prienai           All Jews, Jewesses, and Jewish                                Children                                   1,078 27.8.41      Dagda and         212 Jews, 4 Russ. POW's                    216              Kraslawa 27.8.41      Joniskia          47 Jews, 165 Jewesses, 143                                Jewish children                            355 28.8.41      Wilkia            76 Jews, 192 Jewesses, 134                                Jewish children                            402 28.8.41      Kedainiai         710 Jews, 767 Jewesses, 599                                Jewish children                            2,076 29.8.41      Rumsiskis and     20 Jews, 567 Jewesses, 197              Ziezmariai        Jewish children                            784 29.8.41      Utena and         582 Jews, 1,731 Jewesses, 1,469              Moletai           Jewish children                            3,782 13-31.8.41   Alytus and              environs          233 Jews                                   233  1.9.41       Mariampole        1,763 Jews, 1,812 Jewesses, 1,404                                Jewish children, 109 mentally sick,                                1 German subject (f.), married to a                                Jew, 1 Russian (f.)                        5090                                        Total carried over                47,814 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------  Sheet 4                                       Total carried over           47,814  28.8-2.9.41  Darsuniskis       10 Jews, 69 Jewesses, 20                                Jewish children                       99              Carliava          73 Jews, 113 Jewesses, 61                                Jewish children                       247              Jonava            112 Jews, 1,200 Jewesses, 244                                Jewish children                       1,556              Petrasiunai       30 Jews, 72 Jewesses, 23                                Jewish children                       125              Jesuas            26 Jews, 72 Jewesses, 46                                Jewish children                       144              Ariogala          207 Jews, 260 Jewesses, 195                                Jewish children                       662              Jasvainai         86 Jews, 110 Jewesses, 86                                Jewish children                       282              Babtei            20 Jews, 41 Jewesses, 22                                Jewish children                       83              Wenziogala        42 Jews, 113 Jewesses, 97                                Jewish children                       252              Krakes            448 Jews, 476 Jewesses, 97                                Jewish children                       1,125 4.9.41       Pravenischkis     247 Jews, 6 Jewesses                  253              Cekiske           22 Jews, 64 Jewesses, 60                                Jewish children                       146              Seredsius         6 Jews, 61 Jewesses, 126                                Jewish children                       193              Velinona          2 Jews, 71 Jewesses, 86                                Jewish children                       159              Zapiskis          47 Jews, 118 Jewesses, 13                                Jewish children                       178 5.9.41       Ukmerge           1,123 Jews, 1,849 Jewesses, 1,737                                Jewish children                       4,709 25.8-6.9.41  Mopping up in:    16 Jews, 412 Jewesses, 415              Rasainiai         Jewish children                       843              Georgenburg       all Jews, all Jewesses, all                                Jewish children                       412 9.9.41       Alytus            287 Jews, 640 Jewesses, 352                                Jewish children                       1,279 9.9.41       Butrimonys        67 Jews, 370 Jewesses, 303                                Jewish children                       740 10.9.41      Merkine           223 Jews, 640 Jewesses, 276                                Jewish children                       854 10.9.41      Varena            541 Jews, 141 Jewesses, 149                                Jewish children                       831 11.9.41      Leipalingis       60 Jews, 70 Jewesses, 25                                Jewish children                       155 11.9.41      Seirijai          229 Jews, 384 Jewesses, 340                                Jewish children                       953 12.9.41      Simnas            68 Jews, 197 Jewesses, 149                                Jewish children                       414 11-12.9.41   Uzusalis          Reprisal against inhabitants who                                fed Russ. partisans; some in                                possesion of weapons                  43 26.9.41      Kauen-F.IV        412 Jews, 615 Jewesses, 581                                Jewish children (sick and                                suspected epidemic cases)             1,608                                        Total carries over           66,159 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sheet 5                                       Total carried over           66,159  2.10.41      Zagare            633 Jews, 1,107 Jewesses, 496                                Jewish children (as these Jews were                                being led away a mutiny rose, which                                was however immediately put down;                                150 Jews were shot immediately; 7                                partisans wounded)                    2,236 4.10.41      Kauen-F.IX        315 Jews, 712 Jewesses, 818                                Jewish children (reprisal after                                German police officer shot in ghetto) 1,845 29.10.41     Kauen-F.IX        2,007 Jews, 2,920 Jewesses, 4,273                                Jewish children (mopping up ghetto                                of superfluous Jews)                  9,200 3.11.41      Lazdijai          485 Jews, 511 Jewesses, 539                                Jewish children                       1,535 15.11.41     Wilkowiski        36 Jews, 48 Jewesses, 31                                Jewish children                       115 25.11.41     Kauen-F.IX        1,159 Jews, 1,600 Jewesses, 175                                Jewish children (resettlers from                                Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt am main) 2,934 29.11.41     Kauen-F.IX        693 Jews, 1,155 Jewesses, 152                                Jewish children (resettlers from                                from Vienna and Breslau)              2,000 29.11.41     Kauen-F.IX        17 Jews, 1 Jewess, for contravention                                of ghetto law, 1 Reichs German who                                converted to the Jewish faith and                                attended rabbinical school, then 15                                terrorists from the Kalinin group     34  EK 3 detachment in Dunanberg in the period 13.7-21.8.41:    9,012 Jews, Jewesses and Jewish                                children, 573 active Comm.            9,585  EK 3 detachment in Wilna: 12.8-1.9.41  City of Wilna     425 Jews, 19 Jewesses, 8 Comm. (m.),                                9 Comm. (f.)                          461 2.9.41       City of Wilna     864 Jews, 2,019 Jewesses, 817                                Jewish children (sonderaktion because                                German soldiers shot at by Jews)      3,700                                        Total carried forward        99,084 -------------------------------------------------------------------------  sheet 6                                        Total carried forward        99,804  12.9.41      City of Wilna     993 Jews, 1,670 Jewesses, 771                                Jewish children                       3,334 17.9.41      City of Wilna     337 Jews, 687 Jewesses, 247                                Jewish children and 4 Lith. Comm.     1,271 20.9.41      Nemencing         128 Jews, 176 Jewesses, 99                                Jewish children                       403 22.9.41      Novo-Wilejka      468 Jews, 495 Jewesses, 196                                Jewish children                       1,159 24.9.41      Riesa             512 Jews, 744 Jewesses, 511                                Jewish children                       1,767 25.9.41      Jahiunai          215 Jews, 229 Jewesses, 131                                Jewish children                       575 27.9.41      Eysisky           989 Jews, 1,636 Jewesses, 821                                Jewish children                       3,446 30.9.41      Trakai            366 Jews, 483 Jewesses, 597                                Jewish children                       1,446 4.10.41      City of Wilna     432 Jews, 1,115 Jewesses, 436                                Jewish children                       1,983 6.10.41      Semiliski         213 Jews, 359 Jewesses, 390                                Jewish children                       962 9.10.41      Svenciany         1,169 Jews, 1,840 Jewesses, 717                                Jewish children                       3,726 16.10.41     City of Wilna     382 Jews, 507 Jewesses, 257                                Jewish children                       1,146 21.10.41     City of Wilna     718 Jews, 1,063 Jewesses, 586                                Jewish children                       2,367 25.10.41     City of Wilna     1,776 Jewesses, 812 Jewish children   2,578 27.10.41     City of Wilna     946 Jews, 184 Jewesses, 73                                Jewish children                       1,203 30.10.41     City of Wilna     382 Jews, 789 Jewesses, 362                                Jewish children                       1,553 6.11.41      City of Wilna     340 Jews, 749 Jewesses, 252                                Jewish children                       1,341 19.11.41     City of Wilna     76 Jews, 77 Jewesses, 18                                Jewish children                       171 19.11.41     City of Wilna     6 POW's, 8 Poles                      14 20.11.41     City of Wilna     3 POW's                               3 25.11.41     City of Wilna     9 Jews, 46 Jewesses, 8 Jewish                                children, 1 Pole for possesion of arms                                and other military equipment          64  EK 3 detachment in Minsk from 28.9-17.10.41:               Pleschnitza       620 Jews, 1,285 Jewesses,              Bischolin         1,126 Jewish children and 19              Scak              Comm.              Bober              Uzda                                                    3,050                                                                      --------                                                                      133,346 Prior to EK 3 taking over security police duties, Jews liquidated by pogroms and executions (including partisans)                      4,000                                                                   -----------                                                              Total 137,346  --------------------------------------------------------------------------  Today I can confirm that our objective, to solve the Jewish problem for Lithuania, has been achieved by EK 3. In Lithuania there are no more Jews, apart from Jewish workers and their families.  ......  The distance between from the assembly point to the graves was on average 4 to 5 Km.  ......   I consider the Jewish action more or less terminated as far as Einsatzkommando 3 is concerned. Those working Jews and Jewesses still available are needed urgently and I can envisage that after the winter this workforce will be required even moe urgently. I am of the view that the strelization programme of the male worker Jews should be started immediately so that reproduction is prevented. If despite sterlization a Jewess becomes pregnant she will be liquidated.   (signed) Jaeger SS-Standartenfuhrer 

Sources: Ernst Klee, Willi Dressen, Volker Riess. The Good Old Days, The Free Press, NY, 1988, pp. 46-58. The introductory comments were written by Daniel Keren for the Shamash archives.