Report by Group Arlt, Minsk, August 3, 1942
The work of the men remaining here in Minsk continues to be just about the same. The Jewish transports arrived in Minsk at regular intervals and we serviced them. So already on June 18 and 19, 1942 we were busy again digging pits in the village terrain. On June 19, SS-Staff Sergeant Schroeder, who had died in the local military hospital, was buried in the new cemetery of the commander's estate. My group was reinforced by men of the Security Service and took part as honor guards in the funeral.
On June 26, the Jewish transport which was awaited from the Reich arrived. On June 27, we started off with pretty much the whole Commando for an [anti-partisan] action in Baranowice. Success as always was negative. In the course of this action we cleared the Jewish ghetto in Slonim. About 4000 Jews were laid to rest that day.
On June 30, we returned to Minsk again. The following days were filled with repair work, cleaning of weapons, and weapons inspections.
On July 2, preparations were made once again- digging of pits - for the reception of the Jewish transport.
On July 10, we and the Latvian Commando were deployed against partisans in the woods of Koydanov. On that occasion we were able to dig up a munitions cache. A Latvian comrade was killed on that occasion. During the pursuit of the [partisan] band, four men were shot to death.
On July 12, the Latvian comrade was buried in the new cemetery.
On July 17, a transport arrived with Jews and was brought to the estate.
On July 21, 22, and 23, new pits are dug.
On July 24, another transport arrives here with 1000 Jews from the Reich.
From July 25 to 27, new pits are dug.
On July 28, major action in Minsk Russian ghetto; 6000 Jews are brought to the pits.
On July 29, 3,000 Jews are brought to the pits.
The following days were filled with cleaning weapons and repair again.
Furthermore my group furnishes daily the corporal of the guard and services the local jail. Inmates ca. 50 men.
By order of SS-1st Lieut. Stortz, SS-Corporal Albert Lorenz was transferred to Riga. He was sent off on July 4, 1942.
SS-Corporal Skowranek and SS-man Auer had leave from July 8 to August 1st. Both returned punctually.
SS-man Otto was released July 28 from the military hospital as healed, with recommended convalescence leave. Otto was sent by headquarters on convalescence leave from August 3 to September 9. He is thinking of being married during that leave.
SS-man Hering received leave to go home from August 3 to August 27.
The behavior of the men, on and off duty, is good and gives rise to no complaints.
[From Czechoslovak Archives in Castle Zasmuky near near Kolin, originally printed by Dragopress in Prague in 1965 and reprinted in Unsere Ehre heisst Treue (Vienna, Frankfurt, Zurich: Europa Verlag, 1965).]
There exists, apparently, another activity report from the same unit to similar effect. Group Arlt was presumably a Waffen SS unit, distinct from the Einsatzgruppen formations, but we have no other information about it. Can anyone help?