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Paris as head of a special commando squad of twenty men, the nucleus of the S.D.-Security Police in France. During his cross-examination at Nuremberg, Knochen said: "Heydrich himself gave me that assignment. With me were S.S.-Hauptsturmführers Hagen and Dietl."

Knochen was soon to give his right-hand man Hagen the important task of setting up the S.D. Security Police on the Atlantic Coast. Hagen was made commander of the Bordeaux S.D. Security Police on August 1, and took up temporary quarters on the King of Belgium's yacht, which had been abandoned at the wharf after the debacle of June 1940. On January 8, 1941, the Gironde chief of police wrote François Xavier-Vallat, General Commissioner for Jewish Affairs in Paris:
I have the honor of bringing to your attention the wishes of Commander Hagen, the regional director of the security police, which he expressed during the conference he recently granted the head of the Jewish bureau.
Commander Hagen made known his intention of interning during the present month of January many Jews from countries now occupied by Germany. He did not think the camp in my district, which is at Mérignac-Beaudésert, could be used for his purposes because:
1. Escape from it is easy.
2. It is located in a coastal region.
3. It is necessary to separate Jews from other internees.

Commander Hagen intends to fit out a camp in the Département of Vienne. The necessary funds for doing this are to be furnished by Jews of the region, and an ordinance will very likely be issued for their collection.

Hagen did not even spare children, who were condemned to deportation, as the Grand Rabbi of Bordeaux testified:
In June 1941, the Gestapo, which had sown panic throughout many districts of our city, brought several Jewish families of foreign origin but with French children to Mérignac in the middle of the night. The Gestapo was assisted by Vichy police and the Département police. Headquarters informed me the following day that the Gestapo had decided to place all the children in my care, for only their parents were to be deported. We went right to work and, thanks to the generosity of the people of Gironde, we quickly found good homes for the children. One month later I was again called to headquarters to be told that only those children with close relatives in Gironde could stay there, and that all others were to be deported at once. Fifty percent of those poor
     
   
 
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