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Einsatzgruppen Records

Identifier: RG 557

Scope and Contents

Selected Einsatzgruppen records: RSHA reports on the activities of Einsatzgruppen in the U.S.S.R., 1941-1942. These reports were based on the reports sent by the four Einsatzgruppen to Berlin. Between June 1941 and April 1942, 195 reports were issued. Reports Nos. 1 to 30 are missing in this collection. Reports from the Occupied Eastern Territories. These were issued by the commanders of the Einsatzgruppen after the units had become stationary local branches of the RSHA. The reports relate to topics such as "actions" (i.e. extermination raids), executions, forced labor, camps, ghettos, Judenrat, Jewish badges, pogroms by local populations, final solution, partisans.


  • Creation: 1941-1942


Biographical / Historical

The Einsatzgruppen were special mobile killing units established by the Reichsicherheitshauptamt (RSHA - Reich Security Main Office). Positioned in the rear of the German army, they functioned mainly in German-occupied territories of the U.S.S.R., where they murdered between 500,000 to 1,000,000 Jews. After the combat period was at an end in a particular area, the Einsatzgruppen became local branches of the RSHA. There were four Einsatzgruppen operating in the invaded areas of the U.S.S.R. designated with the letters A, B, C and D. They were subordinated administratively to the respective army command and functionally to the RSHA.


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