The reichenau order

Georg Leibbrandt (September 5, 1899 — June 16, 1982) was a scholar and politician in the Nazi Party. He’s probably on the blog. But amazing how he was freed in 1950. RK Ostland
Walther Bierkamp

A unit of Einsatzgruppe D, Kampfgruppe Bierkamp, was named after him when he was its leader.

He joined the Nazi Party on 1 December 1932 and was drafted into the SS on 1 April 1939. He was employed from February 1937 to February 1941 as head of the criminal police in Hamburg. From February 1941 to September 1941 he worked in Düsseldorf and from there he was sent to Paris as head of the Security Service of Belgium and Northern France where he remained until April 1942. From 30 June 1942 to 15 June 1943, he was commander of ‘ Einsatzgruppe D , the mobile slaughter which worked in the south of the Soviet Union. He was then sent to Krakow as chief of police and security services until February 1945. In this capacity, as well as overseeing the “cleansing of the Jews” in Cracow, he organized the evacuation before the advancing Soviet forces. In his famous circular of 20 July 1944, he ordered the evacuation of prisoners from the prisons and the Jews from the armaments industries. If, he wrote, unforeseen circumstances have made it impossible to transport the inmates, they were to be killed on the spot and he would have to make the bodies disappear by burning them, by blowing up the sheds, or by other means.

In the final weeks of the Third Reich, Bierkamp was in Stuttgart and then in Breslau. It is unclear whether he was killed or committed suicide in Hamburg on or after April 16, 1945. [Translated from Italian] [1]

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Text of the Reichenau order

[6th Army] Army H.Qu., 10 October 1941

Subject: Conduct of Troops in Eastern Territories.

Regarding the conduct of troops towards the Bolshevistic system, vague ideas are still prevalent in many cases. The most essential aim of war against the Jewish-bolshevistic system is a complete destruction of their means of power and the elimination of Asiatic influence from the European culture. In this connection the troops are facing tasks which exceed the one-sided routine of soldiering. The soldier in the Eastern territories is not merely a fighter according to the rules of the art of war but also a bearer of ruthless national ideology and the avenger of bestialities which have been inflicted upon German and racially related nations.

Therefore the soldier must have full understanding for the necessity of a severe but just revenge on subhuman Jewry. The Army has to aim at another purpose, i.e. the annihilation of revolts in hinterland, which, as experience proves, have always been caused by Jews.

The combating of the enemy behind the front line is still not being taken seriously enough. Treacherous, cruel partisans and degenerate women are still being made prisoners-of-war and guerilla fighters dressed partly in uniform or plain clothes and vagabonds are still being treated as proper soldiers, and sent to prisoner-of-war camps. In fact, captured Russian officers talk even mockingly about Soviet agents moving openly about the roads and very often eating at German field kitchens. Such an attitude of the troops can only be explained by complete thoughtlessness, so it is now high time for the commanders to clarify the meaning of the pressing struggle.

The feeding of the natives and of prisoners-of-war who are not working for the Armed forces from Army kitchens is an equally misunderstood humanitarian act as is the giving of cigarettes and bread. Things which the people at home can spare under great sacrifices and things which are being bought by the command to the front under great difficulties, should not be given to the enemy by the soldier even if they originate from booty. It is an important part of our supply.

When retreating the Soviets have often set buildings on fire. The troops should be interested in extinguishing of fires only as far as it is necessary to secure sufficient numbers of billets. Otherwise the disappearance of symbols of the former bolshevistic rule even in the form of buildings is part of the struggle of destruction. Neither historic nor artistic considerations are of any importance in the Eastern territories.The command issues the necessary directives for the securing of raw material and plants, essential for war economy. The complete disarming of the civilian population in the rear of the fighting troops is imperative considering the long vulnerable lines of communications. Where possible, captured weapons and ammunition should be stored and guarded. Should this be impossible because of the situation of the battle, the weapons and ammunition will be rendered useless. If isolated partisans are found using firearms in the rear of the army drastic measures are to be taken. These measures will be extended to that part of the male population who were in a position to hinder or report the attacks. The indifference of numerous apparently anti-Soviet elements which originates from a “wait and see” attitude, must give way to a clear decision for active collaboration. If not, no one can complain about being judged and treated a member of the Soviet system.

The fear of German counter-measures must be stronger than threats of the wandering bolshevistic remnants. Regardless of all future political considerations the soldier has to fulfill two tasks:

1.) Complete annihilation of the false Bolshevist doctrine of the Soviet State and its armed forces.

2.) The pitiless extermination of foreign treachery and cruelty and thus the protection of the lives of military personnel in Russia.

This is the only way to fulfill our historic task to liberate the German people once and for all from the Asiatic-Jewish danger.


(signed) von Reichenau

Field Marshal


Bartov, Omer. Hitler’s Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich(New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Nurrenberg Translation of Document No. NOKW-309 Continued Copy AOK 6, Sect. Ia-File No. 7.

Military History of the 20th century.   the Reichenau Order.


von Rundstedt , wiki bio. below:

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  • Von Rundstedt attended a conference in Berlin at which Hitler addressed senior officers. He made it clear that the ordinary rules of warfare would not apply to the Russian campaign. “This is a war of extermination,” he told them. “We do not wage war to preserve the enemy.” This gave the generals a clear warning that they would be expected not to obstruct Hitler’s wider war aims in the east – the extermination of the Jews and the reduction of the Slavic peoples to serfdom under a new herrenvolk  of German settlers.

  • As part of this strategy, the Commissar Order was issued, which stated that all Red Army commissars were to be executed when captured.[40]Rundstedt testified at Nuremberg about the attitude of the Army to this Order: “Our attitude was unanimously and absolutely against it. Immediately after the conference we approached Brauchitsch and told him that this was impossible… The order was simply not carried out.”[a lie-]

    1. Messenger, p. 133. This quote is a paraphrase of Hitler’s actual words, as recorded in General Halder’s diary.
  • Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff (23 December 1884 — 21 March 1952) was a German diplomat best known for his service to the Nazi regime.

    Dieckhoff was born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine. From 1937 to November 1938 he served as German ambassador to the United States, until recalled in response to the American recall of its ambassador in protest over the Kristallnacht. He was the last to occupy the post until after the war. In 1943 he assumed the post of ambassador to Spain.



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