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Gestapo's Bureau of Jewish Affairs in France, who was later to supervise the Final Solution of the Jewish Problem in France.

A document of the S.D. Bureau for Jewish Affairs, dated May 25, 1939, says "Supervision of the Central Bureau for Jewish Emigration had been transferred to a Gestapo officer, Regierungsrat Lischka, who was entrusted with the direction of all matters concerning the Jewish population."

On November 1, 1940, Kurt Lischka took up his post in Paris. One of the Gestapo leaders in France, Wilhelm Höttl, has described the terms of Lischka's appointment:

Knochen never belonged to Division IV of the Gestapo, nor was he ever trained in any kind of police work. That flaw in his education quickly worked to Knochen's disadvantage with S.S.-Gruppenführer Muller, the head of Division IV in Berlin. Consequently, when Muller was unable to prevent Knochen's appointment as commander of the S.D. security force because Knochen had got such outstanding results from his intelligence work, he insisted that a permanent deputy be assigned to Knochen to make all decisions regarding police matters. This deputy would be in addition to the section chiefs who were also qualified to make such decisions. Insofar as I know, that bureaucratic structure was unique and existed in no other country. Knochen's deputy for the police section was Obersturmbannführer Lischka.


Another member of the S.S., Dr. August Stindt, has verified the nature of Lischka's job as Knochen's permanent deputy:
Dr. Knochen was the only man in the organization who had anything to do with my area of responsibility who had not come from the police force. For that reason he was assigned a special deputy to handle police matters.
Lischka divided his time between two offices: a private house at 72 avenue Foch, where he exercised his functions as head of the police force for France as a whole, and 11 rue des Saussaies, the former headquarters of the French National Criminal Investigation Department, from which Lischka ruled over the Paris area, including Melun and Versailles.

Serge and I began our work in the CDJC archives by identifying Lischka's signature and initials. The initials were important, because the index cards for several documents did not bear the
    
   
 
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