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FOUR

AFFIDAVIT SWORN BY WILHELM STUCKART, STATE SECRETARY, INTERIOR MINISTRY:


[4 pages; typewritten]


On Sunday 21 December 1941, the Interior Ministrys Adviser on Jewish Affairs, Dr Bernhard Losener, made an urgent request to see me in private. Dr Losener arrived at my home in a state of extreme agitation. He informed me that his subordinate, the Assistant Adviser on Racial Affairs, Dr Werner Feldscher, had heard from a fully reliable source, a friend that the one thousand Jews recently evacuated from Berlin had been massacred in the Rumbuli Forest in Poland. He further informed me that his feelings of outrage were sufficient to prevent him from continuing his present employment in the Ministry, and he therefore requested to be transferred to other duties. I replied that I would seek clarification on this matter.

The following day, at my request, I visited Obergruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich in his office in Prinz-Albrecht Strasse. The Obergruppenfuhrer confirmed that Dr Feldschers information was correct, and pressed me to discover its source, as such breaches of security could not be tolerated. He then dismissed his adjutant from the room and said that he wished to speak to me on a private basis.

He informed me that in July he had been summoned to the Fuhrers headquarters in East Prussia. The Fuhrer had spoken to him frankly in the following terms: He had decided to resolve the Jewish Question once and for all. The hour had arrived. He could not rely upon his successors having the necessary will or the military power which he now commanded. He was not afraid of the consequences. People presently revered the French Revolution, but who now remembered the thousands of innocents who died? Revolutionary times were governed by their own laws. When Germany had won the war, nobody would ask afterwards how we did it. Should Germany lose the mortal struggle, at least those who had hoped to profit from the defeat of National Socialism would be wiped out. It was necessary to remove the biological bases of Judaism once and for all. Otherwise the problem would erupt to plague future generations. That was the lesson of history.

Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich stated further that the necessary powers to enable him to implement this Fuhrer Order had been granted to him by Reichsmarschall Goering on 31.7.41. These matters would be discussed at the forthcoming inter-departmental conference. In the meantime, he urged me to use whatever means I considered necessary to discover the identity of Dr Feldschers source. This was a matter of the highest security classification.

I thereupon suggested that, in view of the grave issues involved, it would be appropriate, from a legal point of view, to have the Fuhrer Order placed in writing. Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich stated that such a course was impossible, due to political considerations, but that if I had any reservations I should take them up with the Fuhrer personally. Obergruppenfuhrer Heydrich concluded our meeting by remarking in a jocular manner that we should have no cause for concern on legalistic grounds, considering that I was the Reichs chief legal draftsman and he was the Reichs chief policeman.

I hereby swear that this is a true record of our conversation, based upon notes taken by myself that same evening.


SIGNED, Wilhelm Stuckart (attorney)

DATED 4 June 1942, Berlin

WITNESSED, Josef Buhler (attorney)


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