The Jaeger Report: A Chronicle of Nazi Mass Murder:
One Unit, One Area, Five Months - and 137,000 Victims
With an Introduction by
Transcription by Albrecht Kolthoff
Translation by Gord McFee
THHP presents scans of the Jaeger Report along with a German transcription and English
translation. The Report itself can be accessed in the following pages.
First we present some context and a historical introduction.
After his arrest by the German Police, the former
SS-Standartenfuehrer Karl Jaeger
defended himself by stating:
"I was always a person with a heightened sense of duty"
('"The Good Old Days'" , E. Klee, W. Dressen, V. Riess, The Free Press,
NY, 1988, p. 57. See p. 46-58 for the complete report in English.)
SS-Standartenfuehrer Karl Jaeger, who commanded the murder spree of Einsatzkommando 3.
Since Jaeger was born in 1888, it appears that
this photograph was most probably taken before the
Second World War.
"Encyclopedia of the Holocaust", Edited by Israel Gutman, Macmillan Publishing
Company, Vol. 2, p. 733.
Among all Nazi documents detailing dastardly acts of mass
murder and other atrocities, the "Jaeger Report" is one
of the most horrifying.
Written by SS-Standartenfuehrer (Colonel) Karl Jaeger, commander of
one of the "Einsatzkommandos" (EK 3), it provides a very detailed
account of the murderous rampage of this "special
squad" in Nazi-occupied USSR. Usually, the figures for Jews who were
murdered by EK 3 are broken into "Jewish men", "Jewish women", and
The report commences with:
"Secret Reich Business! 5 copies
And goes on to list the daily numbers of the victims; some typical
entries are (see the sixth page):
Complete list of executions carried out in the
EK 3 area
up to 1 December 1941."
20.9.41 in Nemencing
During the five months covered by the report, EK 3 murdered
over 130,000 people (see total at the
bottom of sixth page); about a third of them were listed by Jaeger
as "Jewish children". Some other categories of people deemed by the
Nazis "unfit for life" are also listed; for instance, on September 1,
in Mariampole, Jaeger's unit murdered 109 mentally sick people, in
addition to 1,763 Jews, 1,812 Jewesses, 1,404
Jewish children, one German woman who was married to a Jew,
and one Russian woman (see
bottom of third page).
128 Jews, 176 Jewesses, 99
22.9.41 in Novo-Wilejka
468 Jews, 495 Jewesses, 196
24.9.41 in Riess
512 Jews, 744 Jewesses, 511
25.9.41 in Jahiunai
215 Jews, 229 Jewesses, 131
27.9.41 in Eysisky
989 Jews, 1,636 Jewesses, 821
This report makes it clear that the Nazis were not "fighting
partisans", as various Nazi-apologists claim. Jaeger flatly describes
how the victims were rounded up, taken into secluded areas, and
shot - men, women, and children:
"Depending on the number of Jews a place for the graves had to be found
and then the graves dug. The distance from the assembly point to the
graves was on average 4 to 5 Km. The Jews were transported in detachments
of 500 to the execution area, with a distance of at least 2 Km between
seventh page, second paragraph from below).
Those who were spared for slave
labor were not to survive either; Jaeger writes (see
eighth page, second paragraph from below, ending with "liquidieren"):
"These working Jews and Jewesses still available are needed urgently
and I can envisage that after the winter this workforce will be
required even more urgently. I am of the view that the sterilization
program of the male worker Jews should be started immediately so
that reproduction is prevented. If despite sterilization a Jewess
becomes pregnant she will be liquidated."
Translation to follow. Meanwhile,for the full text in English, see the excellent book
'"The Good Old Days'" , E. Klee, W. Dressen, V. Riess, The Free Press,
NY, 1988, p. 46-58.
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