". . . my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews."
-- Adolf Hitler, 1922
Source: Jozef Hell, "Aufzeichnung," 1922,
ZF 640, p. 5, Institut für Zeitgeschichte.
As quoted in Gerald Fleming,
Hitler and the Final Solution, 1984, p. 17.
The reactions of the Jews of Lithuania was not unique. There were similar reactions in many parts of the Ukraine . . . In this region, for example, a German inspector reported to the Chief of the Industrial Armament Department:
"The attitude of the Jewish population was anxious -- obliging from the beginning. They tried to avoid everything that might displease the German administration."
--Exhibit 3257 PS (Einsatzgruppen Trial),
quoted in An Introduction to the Einsatzgruppen
by Yale F. Edeiken