little creatures left for destinations
unknown, and we have never had any information whatever about them or their
parents since then.
On December 8, 1941, Hagen decreed:
In reference to the coastal ordinances, all
Jews, no matter what their age, are to be interned. It would be best for the
French police to see to the execution of this directive, for that will avoid
bringing in German police prematurely and turning the people against
On January 13, 1942, Hagen's former deputy, Theodor
Dannecker, who had meantime become head of the Gestapo's Bureau for Jewish
Affairs in France, wrote a memorandum to S.S.-Sturmbannführer Kurt
S.S.-Sturmbannführer Hagen informed me
on January 12, 1942, that the internment in concentration camps of Jews from
Basses-Pyrénées and Landes was necessary both for military
reasons and for expanding anti-Jewish measures.
On January 14,
S.S.-Obersturmbannführer Kurt Lischka notified the military command of his
The internment in concentration camps of
Jews from Basses-Pyrénees and Landes appears necessary. Apart from
reasons of security, there are also military reasons for this action. German,
Austrian, Czech, and Polish Jews must be sent to these camps. There are about
three hundred Jewish men who fit this category in the two Départements.
I recommend having the French police arrest these Jews, as the Commander of the
Bordeaux S.D.-Security Police has advised, and ship them to the Drancy camp. I
will appreciate your attending to this matter quickly, and notifying me as soon
as it is done.
Hagen extended his zone of activity to
Brittany, and arrayed the forces of the S.D. Security Police in the principal
cities of that peninsula in order to prevent or suppress any attempt at
opposition from the French and also to arrange for systematic arrests of Jews.
He increased his reports and recommendations to Knochen on the Jewish problem.
For example, on March 4, 1942, he wrote: "The wearing of a badge will
necessarily make Jews stand out, and will prevent any black market in the tight
On May 5, 1942, Heydrich installed General Kurt Oberg
in Paris as the top executive of the S.S. and the German police force in
France. Oberg took over all police powers, and acquired as right-