The Einsatzgruppen operated in occupied countries. The standards of conduct for an occupying power were established by the rules of war. They were obligated by international agreements to protect family honor and rights, to respect the person and property of noncombatants as well as their freedom of religion. Prisoners of war were to be treated as prescribed by humane codes adopted by all civilized nations. The evidence will disclose how the defendants in this case defied these laws, how unarmed civilians were methodically liquidated, how prisoners of war were casually selected for extermination, and it will also show whole-
sale plunder and destruction devoid of all military necessity. All of these acts are war crimes as recognized in Law No. 10.
Trials of War Criminals Before the Nurenberg Military Tribunals Under Control Council Law No. 10, Volume IV, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 50 - 51
September 27, 1998