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Stahlecker Report

Map from the Stahlecker Report, entitled, “Jewish Executions Carried out by Einsatzgruppen A.” This map was entered into evidence at the Einsatzgruppen trial. The map shows the area between the German-Soviet Demarcation Line and the area of the farthest German Army advance in the Soviet Union at the time. A Summary Report of charts, maps, and illustrations were compiled by SS-Brigadier General Stahlecker. This information was presented to the Reich Security Main Office in Berlin on October 16, 1941. All of the deaths recorded in this map occured between June 22, 1941 and October 15, 1941.

Map from the Stahlecker Report, entitled, "Jewish Executions Carried out by Einsatzgruppen A." This map was entered into evidence at the Einsatzgruppen trial. The map shows the area between the German-Soviet Demarcation Line and the area of the farthest German Army advance in the Soviet Union at the time. A Summary Report of charts, maps, and illustrations were compiled by SS-Brigadier General Stahlecker. This information was presented to the Reich Security Main Office in Berlin on October 16, 1941. All of the deaths recorded in this map occured between June 22, 1941 and October 15, 1941. —US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Thomas Wartenberg

October 16, 1941

SS-Brigadier General Walther Stahlecker submits his report on the killing of Jewish civilians in the northwestern region of the Soviet Union. The report documents the killing of more than 220,000 unarmed Jewish men, women, and children by men under his command between June 22 and October 15, 1941. He submits his report to the Reich Security Main Office in Berlin, which has responsibility for carrying out the Holocaust in German-occupied Europe during World War II.

Stalhlecker commanded Einsatzgruppe A, one of four German mobile killing units assigned to kill Jews, Roma (Gypsies), and government officials during the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.  With the help of local auxiliaries, informants, and interpreters, Stahlecker’s men swept through the Baltic States and Belarus directly to the home communities of Jews (especially in Kovno, Riga, Vilna, and Minsk) and shot them without regard for age or sex. 

Stahlecker’s report was submitted as evidence of Nazi atrocities (crimes against humanity) at the Nuremberg war crimes trials after the war.