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Ostland and the "Stahlecker map"

Postby Hektor » 6 years 6 months ago (Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:40 pm)

This maybe circumstantial. But when I looked at the socalled Stahlecker map I noticed that it has other borders on the areas then are actually used for the Ostland:
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Stahleckers map includes Bialystok. But when...
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... looking on other Ostland maps it doesn't.
Somehow the Stahlecker map has got a different assignation of territories.

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Re: Ostland and the "Stahlecker map"

Postby Moderator » 6 years 6 months ago (Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:46 pm)

More for discussion on this map.
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1164&p=7229
thread titled: Einsatzgruppen "report" map
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Re: Ostland and the "Stahlecker map"

Postby Kladderadatsch » 6 years 6 months ago (Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:16 pm)

Very interesting find. Nicely spotted, Hektor.

It's easy enough to confirm: the Stahlecker map has used the borders of the USSR as they were established in 1939 after the Soviet invasion of Poland. ("But but but, don't you mean German invasion?!?!" :lol: ) In particular, it preserves the outline of the Byelorussian SSR of '39-41, as can be seen clearly in this map via Wikipedia:

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(context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_are ... viet_Union)

On the other hand, the Germans established new borders in the east with the creation of the Reichskommisariats by Fuehrer decree in July of 1941 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichskomm ... Barbarossa), including, crucially for the question here, the creation of the Bezirk Bialystock by the beginning of August (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bezirk_Bia%C5%82ystok), which cut off the western "nose" of the BSSR and set it aside for (eventual) incorporation into the Greater Reich. So the map had changed, dramatically: the administrative units were different and the BSSR no longer existed in its old borders.

Which kind of does make you wonder, doesn't it, why Stahlecker would have used a map with the old Soviet borders when reporting to his superiors several months later.

Hmm . . .
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Re: Ostland and the "Stahlecker map"

Postby Hektor » 6 years 6 months ago (Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:02 pm)

Kladderadatsch wrote:...
Which kind of does make you wonder, doesn't it, why Stahlecker would have used a map with the old Soviet borders when reporting to his superiors several months later.
Hmm . . .

So my suspicion is perfectly justified. And it is actually something any layman can detect for himself. I understand there were accompanying documents. Does that anyhow match up? Further comparison with Ostland maps or Russian materials will be interesting.


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