as a model for the regulations in Holland and in
Belgium." (68) The elite of the
anti-Judaism unit of the SD was transferred to Paris. Knochen, specialist of
the affairs of emigrants from the Third Reich, was to direct the Sipo-SD in
occupied France; Hagen was to direct it in the Atlantic region of France;
Dannecker, specialist of "assimilating" Judaism, was to be entrusted under
Knochen with the anti-Jewish section of the Sipo-SD. Lischka, specialist of
Jewish affairs in the pre war Gestapo, was to join this group. |
same way that Eichmann in the IV B4 depended on his specialized subordinates
under Lischka for the real police work, Knochen received an assistant for his
work in France, the experienced Gestapo man, Lischka. A post in Paris was a
distinction which had to be merited.
The men who inaugurated the
Hitlerian anti-Jewish action under the sign of the SS and the Gestapo were to
continue it in France under the occupation. But it was then to be already in
the sense of the "final solution" by extermination.
under questioning (69):
"The final solution of the Jewish question
as such, that is to say, relative to that special mission received by Heydrich,
for example, or to express it for once without circumlocutions, murder, was not
a law of the Reich but an Order of the Führer... It was understood,
according to the conception of the law at that time, that "the words of the
Führer" amounted to law..." It is thus that the judicial
basis of the "final solution" was presented in the Third Reich and in the
countries fallen under its yoke. The action in France under the occupation is
the example the richest in subtleties of the functioning of the "final
solution" directed by the Order of the Führer in question.
shall now try to realize what constituted an Order of the Führer in
general and its functioning in the launching and the development of the
extermination of the Jews.