Monthly Archives: December 2004

Ukraine, 1941

I’m working on my doctorate on the occupation of Ukraine 1941-1944, and I came across this when I was going though some original documents from the occupation of 1941- any use? [I have translated this from the original German]

Application by Kube, Generalkommissar of Byelorussia, to Lohse concerning the condition of German Jews in Minsk:
My Dear Hinrich
I wish to ask you personally for an official directive for the conduct of the civilian administration towards the Jews transported from Germany to Byelorussia. Among these Jews are men who fought at the Front and have the Iron Cross. I am certainly a hard man and willing to help solve the Jewish question, but people who come from our own cultural sphere are just not the same as the brutish hordes in this place. Is the slaughter to be carried out by the Lithuanians and the Letts, who are themselves rejected by the population here? I couldn’t do it. I beg you to give clear directives.
With heartfelt greeting
Heil Hitler!
Yours truly, Wilhelm Kube

Best, KC, Sheffield Uni.