"For inter-office use the list of
racial Germans will be divided into four groups: The
basic idea of creating a racial register for persons of German
extraction was later incorporated in a decree of 4 March 1941 signed by
Himmler and the Defendants Frick and Hess. This decree is dated 4 March
1941; and is set forth in the Reichsgesetzblatt, 1941, Part 1,
Page 118. We ask the Tribunal to take judicial notice thereof.
"1. Racial Germans who fought actively in the ethnic struggle.
Besides the membership of a German organization, every other
deliberated activity in favor of the Germans against a foreign
nationality will be considered an active manifestation.
"2. Racial Germans who did not actively intervene in favor of
the German nationality but had preserved their traceable German
"3. Persons of German descent who became connected with the
Polish nation in the course of the years but have, on account of their
attitude, the pre-requisites to become full-fledged members of the
German national community. To this group belong also persons of
non-German descent who live in a people's mixed marriage with an
ethnic German in which the German spouse has prevailed. Persons of
Masurian, Kushubian, Slonzak, or Upper Silesian descent, who are to be
recognized as racial Germans usually belong to this group 3.
"4. Persons of German descent politically absorbed by the Polish
nation (renegades). Persons not included on the list of racial Germans
are Poles or other foreign nationals. Their treatment is regulated by
B II . . . .
"Members of groups 3 and 4 have to be educated as full Germans,
that is, they have to be re-germanized in the course of time through
an intensive educational training in Old Germany.
"The establishment of members of group 4 has to be based on the
doctrine that German blood must not be utilized in the interest of a
foreign nation. Against those who refuse re-Germanization, Security
Police measures are to be taken . . . . "
The entire apparatus of the SS was thrown behind the vigorous execution
of these decrees. Proof of this fact is contained in Document Number
R-112, which is Exhibit Number USA-309, and I now offer it in evidence.
This exhibit contains directives issued by Himmler as the Reich
Commissioner for the consolidation of German nationhood. I quote first
from the last two paragraphs of the English text of the directives, 16
February 1942, which is on Page 3 of this exhibit. In the German text
this provision appears on Page 1 of the first decree, dated 16 February
1942, Paragraph 1 and 2. The directive provided, and I now quote: