The Mobile Killing Squads
Mobile killing Squads took a very terrifying roll within the Holocaust. They were instructed by the officers in charge to kill any Jewish people they saw in the Soviet territory. It didn't matter whether it was a 90 year old man or just a 5 year old child. Germany invaded the Soviet Union on the day of June 22, 1941. The Germans then started to kill the Jewish people instead of imprisoning them any longer. Mass murders were taking place all around.
The mobile killing squads acted very quickly and by the time the Jewish people realized they were there, it was usually too late. The Germans would enter a town and before long, all of the Jewish men, women and children that lived there would be rounded up. The Germans also took away Communist party leaders and Gypsies. The victims were forced to give up their valuables and remove their clothes. They stripped them so they could put their clothing to good use because they were just going to kill their victims.
On the night of September 21, 1941 (which is the eve of the Jewish New Year) mobile killing squads entered a Jewish town called Ejszyszkei which is in a country now called Lithuania. The mobile killing squads gathered four thousand Jews from towns surrounding the region into three synagogues, where they held them for two days without food or water. Then in two days Jewish men, woman and children were brought to cemeteries, lined up in front of deep pits and shot to death.
Execution of Jews, 1942
The mobile killing squads killed more than 1 million Jews and hundreds of thousands of other innocent people. As many as 34,000 Jewish people were killed in two days of shooting. There were very few German people who pitied the Jewish people and very few people helped save them. The people who did help the Jewish were very brave because the consequences were fierce.
So as you see, the mobile killing squads took an amazing yet terrifying roll in the Holocaust. Thousands and thousands of Jewish and Gypsy people were murdered for no crime except their religions, which was really no crime at all. This hopefully has taught you something about our worlds history and maybe even what you can do to prevent this from happening again.
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