An odd aspect of the Einsatzgruppen

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An odd aspect of the Einsatzgruppen

Post by Aufklarer » 14 Mar 2003 04:10

The total strength of the EG never exceeded 3000 personnel (correct me if I’m wrong) of whom some had administrative roles and never took part in any killings. How often did the EG get the army’s assistance (or any police or militia for that matter)? I find it hard to believe that such a small organization could have carried the killings of 1.5 million…

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Post by David Thompson » 14 Mar 2003 05:57

Aufklarer -- The Einsatzgruppen had a lot of help. You can check out some of the other organizations which assisted them in mass shootings by going to the JuNSV website, which is a huge collection of Netherlands, East and West German war crimes trials. If you go directly to the "Office" part of the site at:

you can scroll down the various organizations that all of the defendants worked for. When you get to the Einsatzgruppen, the case numbers are listed alongside the individual Einsatzkommandos and Sonderkommandos involved. If you click on the case number, you can read the other units which helped them commit the crime(s) charged in that particular case.

If you want to find out more about it have a look at the Einsatzgruppen web page at:

or read the details of the Einsatzgruppen trial in the Mazal Library at:

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