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name of the person who had signed them or even of the man who bad written them, but did carry the writer's initials at the upper left hand corner. To identify Lischka's initials, all we had to do was to look in the spot where he usually put them – the space generally marked "For your information" on documents addressed to him. We could thus assign to Lischka documents catalogued under "signature illegible" or attributed to Dannecker, his immediate subordinate in the handling of Jewish matters in Berlin and Paris, who had prepared the directives Lischka signed.

The Paris Gestapo was Lischka. The interrogations at the rue des Saussaies were Lischka. The great round-ups of Jews were Lischka.

The entire German police apparatus in France was in the hands of Kurt Lischka. To these already powerful positions he added the national directorship of the S.D.-Security Police's Division II, which was responsible for police and judicial matters. Among the duties of that extremely important division: the overall supervision of the French police, control of French legislation, personnel demands by the French police, concentration camp police, general measures of internment and detention, the writing and dissemination of ordinances on police matters, and, lastly, reprisal measures.

Lischka was responsible for the men who were shot at Romainville and at Mont-Valerien. More than once when S.S.-General Oberg decided on reprisals, it was Lischka's Gestapo that named the hostages who were to be executed. Lischka, therefore, had the last say on whether hostages were to be shot, on the choice of hostages, and on the execution itself.


At Nuremberg, on June 3, 1946, Knochen confirmed what these documents reveal: "It was my deputy's specific assignment to take charge of executions."

On September 23, 1942, Lischka ordered the following items:
50 coffins to be added to the present supply
150 handcuffs requested by the RSHA
thick curtains for vans taking persons to execution
2,000 liters of fuel oil for burning the corpses of the executed in the Père-Lachaise crematory
refreshments (whiskey, wine, snacks) for the execution squads, preferably to be served in their barracks
     
   
 
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