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Object ID

2015.2.168ab

Object Name

Letter

Date

12-20-1942

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Description

Front: White paper with printed return address in upper left corner and date written on upper right.

Back: Continuation of letter in black ink with printed text.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:

Wilhelm Kube (1887-1943). Letter dated December 20, 1942 to a young girl starting in part: "May 1943 will be filled with a strong fighting spirit... in Adolf Hitler's movement.... we will fight until the final victory against the Bolsheviks... Then the era of youth will come." Kube was the Generalkommissar of Belorussia where his ruthless administration oversaw the extermination of the large Jewish population. In October 1941, Kube vehemently protested the "unauthorized" murder of Jews by Einsatzgruppen squads. Ironically, he himself particpated in a Minsk ghetto atrocity wherein a group of children were seized and thrown into sand pits to die. Kube, accompanied by several of SS officers, approached the screaming children and threw handfuls of sweets. The children perished in the pits. Kube was assassinated by a partisan bomb placed under his bed in 1943.

Dimensions

11 3/4 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Generalkommissar of Belorussia, Einsatzgruppen, Children, Sand pits, Kube

Letter from Wilhelm Kube

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