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"The soldier must be deeply aware of the
necessity ...of punishing the Jews"

From the order of the Commander in Chief of the 6th Army, Von Reichenau

October 10, 1941
Top Secret
Headquarters of the 6th Army

The Conduct of Troops on the Eastern Territories

...The question of the attitude of our military toward the Bolshevik system remains unclear in many cases. The main goal of the campaign against the Judaeo-Bolshevik system is the complete defeat and annihilation of Asian influence on European culture. Thus, the armed forces are facing tasks that do not belong to the domain of the usual tasks of the military. A serviceman on the eastern territories is not just a soldier, fighting by the rules of combat, but the carrier of the national idea and an avenger for all the calamities inflicted upon the Germans and peoples related to them.

That is why a soldier should be deeply aware of the necessity of the stern but justified punishment of the Jews. Another goal is to nip in the bud rebellions in the rear of the German Armed Forces. These rebellions are always inspired, as our experience shows, by the Jews.

Source: Nuremberg Documents D-411, as cited in Yitzak Arad, ed., Unichtozhenie Evreev SSR vgody nemetskoi okkupatsii (1941 - 1944) (Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1991), p. 52

Gitelman, Zvi, Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1997. p. 255

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Ken Lewis
June 15, 1998
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