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6. In doubtful cases the police superintendents will request instructions from my office.
7. I request you to do whatever is necessary, and to report to me at 6 P.M. on July 23 the exact number of cases examined, the number of arrests, and separate lists of men, women, and children.

All these memorandums, which were prepared by Dannecker and later by Röthke, the executives of the Bureau for Jewish Affairs, were submitted to Lischka as well as to Knochen and Hagen. They kept in very close touch with the progress of the Final Solution in France, ready to intervene if any obstacle turned up. Lischka was meticulous in his direction of this operation. There are few memorandums or reports dealing with it that are not annotated or initialed with his purple pencil.

On March 23, 1943, Lischka, exasperated by the protective attitude of the Italians toward Jews in their occupation zone, wired Eichmann:
The Italian authorities in regions of France occupied by Italy have forbidden all measures against Jews, whatever their nationality. Consequently, the Italian authorities are protecting not only Jews of Italian nationality, but also French Jews and other foreign Jews ….
So long as the Italians maintain that attitude toward the Jewish problem, it cannot be resolved, or at best only incompletely resolved, in the newly occupied French territories….
Consequently, it is absolutely necessary that the Italian military and civilian authorities in the new occupation zone be obliged to alter their stand on the Jewish problem immediately and fundamentally.

Like all other top police executives, Lischka was, of course, informed on the extermination of Jews in the East – perhaps better informed than anyone else, since he had been the top expert on the problem in the entire Reich from 1938 to 1939, and was to become, after his assignment to France, one of the top executives of the Gestapo in the Reich.

Lischka left France on October 23, 1943. When he returned to the RSHA in Berlin, he was promoted to department head in the Reich Gestapo, in charge of Department IV-B and its subdivisions, IV-B-1 and IV-B-2. He was a confidant of Heinrich Müller, whose place he filled when the head of the Reich Gestapo was away from Berlin.

In April 1949, the Czech authorities, who were holding Lischka, informed France that Lischka was in their hands. But, doubtless
     
   
 
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