[The local] political authorities are to be informed that the German police have received from the Reichsfuehrer SS and the Chief of the German police the following orders to which the actions of the political authorities should be correspondingly adjusted:
a) Only such actions may be carried out which do not threaten German lives or property (e.g., burning of synagogues only when there is no threat of fire to the surroundings).
b) Stores and residences of Jews may only be destroyed but not looted. The police are instructed to supervise compliance with this order and to arrest looters.
c) Special care is to be taken on commercial streets that non-Jewish businesses are completely secured against damage.
d) Foreign citizens, even if they are Jewish, may not be molested.
2) ... demonstrations in progress should not be prevented by the police but only supervised for compliance with the guidelines.
3) ... existing archival material is to be impounded by the police in all synagogues and offices of the Jewish community centers to prevent its destruction in the course of the demonstrations.... [This material] is to be turned over to the... offices of the SD.
|Source: National Archives, Washington DC||
author of the telegram, warned local Nazi political authorities that "German
police have received . . . orders . . . to which the actions of the political
authorities should be correspondingly adjusted." Why did Heydrich warn
local Nazis about his authorization for the police to arrest some rioters?
Who did this suggest was planning and participating in the actual rioting?