The Systematic Character of the National Socialist Policy for the Extermination of the Jews: Electronic Edition, by Heinz Peter Longerich

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2.5 Einsatzgruppe D

2.5.1For all five Commandos of the EG D there exists documentation for mass executions of Jewish men in the period before August: - A sub-unit of the Special Commando 10 a was sent to the town of Kodyma because of a request from the Wehrmacht stating that the "Jews and bolshevists" from there were planning to sabotage the occupation powers. The sub-unit arrested 400 persons on the spot, mostly Jews, put them through an "interrogation" and then shot 98 people.95
2.5.2- The Special Commando 10 b (which was subordinate to the 3rd Rumanian army) participated on July 8 and 9 in a massacre of Rumanian troops in Czernovitz where the Commando, according to its own report killed "100 Jewish Communists because German and Rumanian units who were approaching were allegedly shot at from the Jewish quarter".96 At the end of July, the EG D reported that "from about 1200 Jews   who had been arrested, 682 had been killed in co-operation with the Rumanian police".97 Sub-units of EK 10 b performed further executions of Jewish men in other sites in the following weeks.98
2.5.3- The Special Commando 11 a recorded at the beginning of August the liquidation of "now up to 551 Jews" in Kishinev, justifying it with "sabotage" and "retribution".99 These executions took place in front of the Chief of the EG D, Ohlendorf, whose staff was situated in Kishinev and who witnessed at least this one execution.100
2.5.4- The Special Commando ll b began its first mass execution on August 7, 1941 in Thigina, where according to the event report of August 7, 155 Jews were shot.101
2.5.5- The EK 12 performed two executions in Babtshinsky on July 20 and July 21 whereby 94 persons were killed according to the event report of 23 August1941.102


92. 'Es wurden vom 21.-31.7.1941 3947 Personen liquidiert.' EM 43 of 5.8.41.
93. EM 47 of 9.8.41.
94. 'In der Nähe von Pinsk wurde ein Milizangehöriger aus dem Hinterhalt erschossen. Dafür wurden 4500 Juden liquidert.' EM 58 of 20.8.41.
95. IfZ, BAM, RH 20/11-488, Report Ic/XXX. Army Corps of 2.8.41 (=IfZ, NOKW 650) as well as further documents to this in the same file; cf. Ogorreck, Einsatzgruppen, pp. 153f as well as Krausnick, Einsatzgruppen/Truppe, pp. 238f.
96. BAM, RH 20-11/488, Report Sk 10 b to Army Group South, 9.7.41 (=IfZ, NOKW 587 and 3453); cf. Ogorreck, Einsatzgruppen, pp. 154f.
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