454th Security Division report, 2 Oct 1941: "34,000 showed up, incl. women and children. All were killed..." (Babi Yar)

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454th Security Division report, 2 Oct 1941: "34,000 showed up, incl. women and children. All were killed..." (Babi Yar)

Postby Lamprecht » 1 week 1 day ago (Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:48 pm)

Reviewing this document in the discussion on Babi Yar I found this German-language analysis by Udo Walendy in his book "Babi Jar"

Babi Jar - Die Schlucht «mit 33.771 ermordeten Juden»? // Babi Yar - The gorge "with 33,771 murdered Jews"?
Text: https://archive.is/zTI2e (translate: https://archive.is/5M1vK)
PDF: https://archive.org/details/BabiJar-Die ... detenJuden

I do not think this book is translated into English, but if it is, someone please post it. I will post a copy of the German text of the document, and then a translation (Google Translate, so possible errors) of the text of the book (including the document):

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 Betr.: Besuch bei FK 195 (Kiew) am 1. 10. 1941.
  „Die Militärverw. Gruppe der F.K. 195 sitzt um mehrere km von der FK getrennt, ohne Fernsprechanschluss und Hinweisschilder, in einem Schulgebäude, in dem sich die Stadtverwaltung nach dem Brande provisorisch untergebracht hat. Es ist jedoch ein Umzug in weniger entlegene und besser ausgestattete Räume vorgesehen. Die von der Militärverw.Gruppe eingesetzte Stadtverwaltung steht unter Leitung eines bisherigen Universitätsprofessors als Oberbürgermeister.

KVA Chef Dr. Muss erwähnt, dass er am 24.9. abends in  Kiew eingetroffen sei / Tag der Explosion in der FK / und bei der Div., Abt. VII, deshalb nicht vorgesprochen habe, weil ihm seitens des OKH / KVCh Dr. Dr. Dankwertz /schnellste Übersiedlung nach Kiew nahegelegt worden sei.
– Er bestätigt, dass er nach Vorrücken der Zivilverwaltung als Stadtkommissar für Kiew zu dieser übertreten werde.
Die Lage in Kiew ist äusserst schwierig, und zwar vornehmlich durch den Brand, bei dem rd. 1 qkm, dicht bebaut, abgebrannt ist und rd. 10 000 Personen obdachlos wurden, sowie durch den Mangel an Lebensmitteln, aber auch durch die unklaren Zuständigkeitsverhältnisse; zahlreiche Dienststellen haben der Militärverw.Gruppe gegenüber den Standpunkt vertreten, ihr Weisungen erteilen zu können, so das 29. A.K., die 113. Sich. (durchgestrichen) Div. und das Vorkommando des Wbh. Ukraine. In einer Besprechung beim Stadtkommandanten wurde durch Oberst i.G. v. Krosigk, Chef des Gen.Stabes bei Berück Süd, diese Zuständigkeitsfragedahin geklärt, dass ausschliesslich die 454. Sich.Div. bezw. die von ihr eingesetzte FK 195 für Kiew einschliesslich der ostwärts des Djnepr gelegene(n) Stadtteile zuständig sei.
Lebensmittelvorräte sind nur in sehr geringen Mengen vorhanden. Zwei Kühlhäuser voll Fleisch waren vom 29. A.K. beschlagnahmt worden; die Freigabe des einen erfolgteerst so spät, dass das Fleisch bereits nahezu verdorben war und unverzüglich an die Bevölkerung ausgegeben werden musste, wobei 1 kg je Person verkauft wurde. Ob das andere Kühlhaus schon freigegeben ist, bedarf noch der Klärung; jedenfalls liegt es ostwärts des Dnjepr und ist daher z. Zt. kaum erreichbar. Die FK hat nämlich noch keine Möglichkeit, die jenseits des Dnjepr liegenden Stadtteile zu besuchen oder gar Transporte durchzuführen, da der sog. Befehlshaber Dnjepr-Übergang selbstständig über die Genehmigung zur Benutzung der Pontonbrücke und der Fähre entscheidet. Oberst v. Krosigk beabsichtigt daher, diesen Befehlshaber dem Berück Süd zu unterstellen.
Brotgetreide bezw. Mehl ist bei der Stadt nur in unzureichenden Mengen vorhanden. Eine Verteilung an die Bevölkerung ist daher nicht möglich; es wurde der FK jedoch empfohlen, wenigstens an die Arbeiter der Versorgungsbetriebe und der wehrmachtswichtigen Einrichtungen / Feuerwehr, Hilfspolizei, Werften / durch die Stadtverwaltung Brot verteilen zu lassen. Eine Grossbäckerei soll hierfür betriebsfähig  gemacht worden sein. –“


‚Mir wurden 100 Mann russische Soldaten zugeteilt, und wir wurden unter Bedrohung mit Maschinenge-wehren zu der Schlucht geführt. Wir hatten unsere Hosen, Schuhe und Socken abzulegen und erhielten Spaten und Hacken. … Wir selbst wurden im östlichen Teil der Schlucht angekettet in Baracken gehalten. Wir waren alle aneinandergekettet und hatten die Arbeit in dieser Fesselung durchzuführen. Nach der Verbrennung hatten wir die Asche und die nicht ganz vernichteten menschlichen Knochen mit Holzstampfern zusammenzustoßen, dann im Wald, in der Schlucht und anderswo auszustreuen und mit einer Sandschicht zu überdekken.
Ich vergaß zu erwähnen, daß einige russische Kriegsgefangene die Leichen zu überprüfen hatten, ob diese goldene Fingerringe und Goldzähne hatten. Diese mußten entfernt werden und einem SS-Sammelkommando übergeben werden.
Am 21. September erfuhren wir, daß ein großer Verbrennungsofen, den wir zu errichten hatten, für unsere eigene Beisetzung bestimmt war. Am 28. September nachts gelang es uns, die Flucht zu ergreifen. …‘
Paul Winterton schreibt:
‚Nach Aufnahme dieser Berichte haben wir uns selbst überzeugt, was in der Schlucht vor sich gegangen war.
… Mit kleinen Schaufeln hatten wir nur eine dünne Sandschicht wegzukratzen, um die Überreste der Verbrennung auf Schritt und Tritt zu finden. …‘“
The text can also be found: (Die Verfolgung und Ermordung der europäischen Juden durch das nationalsozialistische Deutschland 1933 – 1945, volume 7, p.305ff)

The relevant portion starts on page 14 of the PDF:
Copied by Krausnick and Wilhelm and ignored existing documents

In the standard work of the Freiburg military archive "The German Reich and the Second World War", Volume 4, German Verlagsanstalt Stuttgart 1983, p. 1046, Fusnote is admitted that the author the incident description of the case Babi Jar of Krausnick / Wilhelm, "The troupe of Weltanschauungskrieg " Has copied (" I follow here the representation of Krausnicki Wilhelm ") , although it is clear that these two in turn exclusively" the event reports USSR follow ", ie in turn written off dubious papers and " the files of the stationed in Kiev Feldkommandantur 195 (454 Div.) . He also conjures up something "Major-General Eberhardt" , "with the support of the Propaganda Company 637 of the 6th Army High Command, issued an appeal to the Jews of Kiev to report their resettlement on 29 September . " He also conjures up "the cooperation with other SS units" from the arm.

We have requested the mentioned documents in the Freiburg military archive. Hokus pokus: they were gone . Suddenly " nothing has been handed down from the Feldkommandantur 195 itself." 35) " Nothing more has been handed down" had to be called, because in 1983 they obviously still existed.

Nevertheless, surprisingly, there was a "visitation note" by a nameless war administrative council in the files of the war diary of Sich. Div. 454, Qu. Dept., Reports of Activities from 1. 9. to 31. 12. 1941.37) This is a copy of a 2-page typewritten typeface without a header, without a signature dated October 2 , 1941: Re: "Visit to FK 195 / Kiev / on 1.10.1941 ". Page 1 may be authentic:
"The military admin. Group of the FK 195 is separated by several km from the FK, without telephone connection and signs, in a school building in which the city ​​administration has provisionally accommodated after the fire . However, there is a move to less remote and better equipped rooms. The city ​​administration appointed by the military defense group is under the direction of a former university professor as Lord Mayor.

KVA boss dr. Must mention that on 24.9. in the evening Kiev had arrived / day of the explosion in the FK / and at the Div., Dept. VII, therefore did not audition, because he was on the part of the OKH / KVCh. Dr. Thanks / Fastest move to Kiev has been suggested.

- He confirms that he will cross over to Kyiv City Commissioner after advancing civil administration .

The situation in Kiev is extremely difficult, mainly as a result of the fire, in which approx. 1 sq km, densely built-up, burned down and approx. 10 000 people were homeless, as well as the lack of food, but also by the unclear jurisdiction; many departments have argued against the military defense group to be able to give instructions, according to the 29th AK, the 113th. (crossed out) Div. and the advance command of the Wbh. Ukraine. In a meeting with the commander of the city ​​Colonel iGv Krosigk, head of the Gen.Stabes at Berück Süd, clarified this jurisdiction question that only the 454th Sich.Div. BEZW. FK 195 was responsible for Kiev including the districts east of the Djnepr .

Food supplies are available only in very small quantities . Two cold stores full of meat had been confiscated by the 29th AK; the release of the one took place so late that the meat was already almost spoiled and had to be immediately issued to the population , with 1 kg per person was sold. Whether the other cold store has already been cleared is still in need of clarification; In any case, it lies east of the Dnieper and is therefore z. At the moment hardly accessible. The FK does not yet have the opportunity to visit the parts of the city beyond the Dnieper or even to carry out transports, since the so-called commander of the Dnieper transition independently decides on the permission to use the pontoon bridge and the ferry. Colonel v. Krosigk therefore intends to place this commander under the Berück South.

Bread grain bezw. Flour is present in the city only in insufficient quantities. A distribution to the population is therefore not possible; However, it was recommended to the FK to have bread distributed to at least the workers of the utilities and the military facilities / fire brigade, auxiliary police, shipyards / by the city administration . A large bakery should be operational for this purpose been made. - "

Page 2 of this note has certainly been falsified - at least by adding the second and third paragraphs. Page 2 reads:
"The supply difficulties will worsen, as Wi In Süd / KVA Ch. Ackermann was forbidden to bring food to Kiev on September 30;

Wi Kdo Kiev therefore had to stop the grain deliveries from the Shitomir area already under way .

The FK has been promised that the division will review the reasons for these measures and that gF will report to Berück Süd. Internally it was agreed that the FK will at least promote the delivery of vegetables by the rural population ; To this end, it wants to agree with FK 198 that this will bring vegetables from their area to Kiev on the market.

Most of the homeless are supposed to have been accommodated in Jewish apartments that have been released. The rest could on 1.10. Towards the evening after the removal of the barrier, which was carried out in the vicinity of the source of the fire, he returned to his apartments, as far as they were still usable.

The population is estimated at about half of the normal level, ie around 400,000. - The Jews of the city ​​were invited to come to a certain place for the purposes of numerical registration and accommodation in a camp . There were about 34,000 including women and children. All were killed after spending their valuables and clothing , which took several days.

The number of unemployed is currently determined according to the instructions of the FK 195 / Militärverw.Group / by the newly established employment office of the ukr. City administration.

As far as there is a need for labor, they are put into work.

War Board. "

The falsifying insert of the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of page 2 is not recognizable from the typewriter font , but to prove from the content:

1.)

"Most of the homeless should have been accommodated in Jewish apartments that have become vacant"

- he had to say: "in vacant ...".


2.)

"The rest could on 1.10. Towards evening ... to return to his apartments ". - Formulation and timing are unrealistic: First of all - so before they occupy "vacated Jewish apartments " - the homeless could have been informed about whether their own apartments have been preserved; but this they could only determine "towards the evening of the 1st 10th after the abolition of ... shut-off" . And this did not concern "the rest" of these people, but almost all. The majority of the homeless could not know where , given the chaotic circumstances of the conquest of Kiev by the German Wehrmacht and the unexpected large fire, the respective householders were just now. In addition, hardly anyone had an overview of what homes Jews owned and whether they were not coming back at any moment.

At most, neighbors could have known, but these had either either destroyed or found intact apartments and thus had little reason to take the property of their acquaintances . Thus, it is impossible that "the homeless have been mostly already housed in the Jewish apartments " . Incidentally, reference should be made to the event report "USSR 106" of 7 Oct. 1941, which was to be examined later : "The fact that the Jews were actually liquidated has hardly been known so far ." (See page 22, center right)

Formulated the war administration council allegedly, they were "housed" , so he implies that they have not put themselves in seemingly abandoned homes , but that this any authorities - be it German or Ukrainian - had apparently been trimmed on any plan , But at that time neither such authorities, nor planning, nor a survey, nor an organization could be mentioned. Compare herewith also the warning on the alleged German placards, after which everyone was threatened with shooting , who should occupy own Jewish apartments . (P. 28)

According to other documents, the posters for collecting were supposed to have been glued to the walls of Kiev on the 28th of September . Surprisingly enough, on the 29th of September, instead of 3000, 30,000 "at a certain place" were supposed to have arrived. The city administration was located in a makeshift temporary shelter in a school building without a telephone connection, the "liquidation concerned Sonderkommando 4a" , which "had carried out the operation without outside help," was apparently sufficiently "busy" on those days that it was could not care about "housing the homeless in Jewish apartments" , and others probably do not know about it, especially since "little was known that the Jews were liquidated." And just on 30.9. At the latest, "the homeless are said to have been accommodated for the most part in Jewish apartments that have become vacant. "

This is witchcraft! Such an assertion could never been recorded in any report of October 1, 1941!

3.)

Completely new is the formulation that the Jews of the city were asked "for the purpose of numerical registration and for accommodation in a camp" . So formulated no German!

a) A "numerical collection" could only make sense to a foreign propagandist, but not to the practitioner who had to make a "collection" .

b) Hardly anyone had packed his things and, with children, grandparents, and sick people, had promptly responded to a request from his opponent , who had just just interjected , because he intended "numerical capture" and " encampment ." Nobody had volunteered for such a prospect and given up all his possessions! From camps they had been fed up for decades!

c) The word "to" does not belong in the wording "for the purposes of numerical registration and accommodation". As said, no German formulates this!

d) And then the formulation already familiar to us of the "definite place" , "at which" the Jews allegedly had to appear, stirs up again. This is so striking the same handwriting, as in the aforementioned "USSR event reports " that this is not to be overlooked.

e) "There were about 34,000 including women and children". - This also a German had not formulated, because these people " did not announce" , but they "found themselves at best".

f) The mention that "those 34,000 had to give up valuables and garments before their killing " and the addition that "took several days " could only make sense to an atrocity propagandist , but not to a war council member who joined his visit to Kiev within One day, he was to obtain an overview of "the extremely difficult situation" and, if need be, to report on what he himself had seen, discussed and arranged, but not what he had supposedly heard from sources that remained anonymous.

"Several days" is also not true, because "the so-called action" is known to have been completed within 2 days . The War Administration Council, which took over the entire 1.10. Having to deal with questions of jurisdiction , because hardly anybody knew who and what to command what , strangely did not try to find out who was responsible for those 34,000, their clothes and valuables.


Walendy claims this document is a forgery. For any native German speakers, if there's some mistranslated text please let us know :D

See more on 'Babi Yar':

Babi Yar: Allged Einsatzgruppen Killings, demolished by John Wear / at Unz Review
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