|MEMORANDUM OF THE
REICH MINISTER OF
JUSTICE ON A CONFERENCE WITH
18 SEPTEMBER 1942, CONCERNING "SPECIAL
TREATMENT AT THE HANDS OF THE POLICE"
"JUDICIAL SENTENCES ARE NOT SEVERE ENOUGH", THE WORKING OF "ASOCIAL
ELEMENTS" TO DEATH, AND
| Discussion with Reich Leader SS
Himmler on 18 September 1942 at his field headquarters in the presence of Under
Secretary Dr. Rothenberger, SS Major General Streckenbach, and SS Lieutenant
1. Correction [Handwritten insertion: "Lammers
informed"] by special treatment at the hands of the police [durch polizeiliche
Sonderbehandlung] in cases where judicial sentences arc not severe enough. On
the suggestion of Reichsleiter Bormann, the following agreement was reached
between the Reich Leader SS and myself:
a. On principle, the
Fuehrer's time is no longer to be burdened with these matters.
b. The Reich Minister of Justice will decide whether and when
special treatment [polizeiliche Sonderbehandlung] at the hands of the police is
to be applied.
c. The Reich Leader SS will send the reports
which he hitherto sent to Reichsleiter Bormann, to the Reich Minister of
d. If the views of the Reich Leader SS and those of the
Reich Minister of Justice agree, the final decision on the case will rest with
e. If their views are not in agreement, Reichsleiter
Bormann will be asked for his opinion, and he will possibly inform the Fuehrer.
f. In cases where the Fuehrer's decision on a mild sentence is
sought through other channels (such as by a letter from a Gauleiter)
Reichsleiter Bormann will forward the report to the Reich Minister of Justice.
The case will then be decided as described above by the Reich Leader SS and the
Reich Minister of Justice.
2. Delivery of asocial elements [asozialer
Elemente] while serving penal sentences to the Reich Leader SS to be worked to
death [zur Vernichtung durch Arbeit]. Persons under security detention, Jews,
gypsies, Russians, and Ukrainians; Poles with more than 3-year sentences; and
Czechs and Germans with more than 8-year sentences, will be turned over without
exception, according to the decision of the Reich Minister of Justice. First of
all, the worst asocial elements among those just mentioned are