The SLUTSK AFFAIR refers to the massacre of thousands of
others that occurred in
The city of
On October 27, 1941, four companies of military police stationed in
The Jews were surrounded, removed from their houses and assassinated en masse, in such a frenzy that not just Jews were murdered. The ethnic population in the area was also massacred. The German civil administration in Belarus was outraged, after having made great efforts to gain the favor of local population in accord with the instructions of the Führer .
The town was a picture of horror during the action. With indescribable brutality on the part of both the German police officers and particularly the Lithuanian partisans, the Jewish people, but also among them Belarusians, were taken out of their dwellings and herded together. Everywhere in the town shots were to be heard and in different streets the corpses of shot Jews accumulated. The Belarusians were in greatest distress to free themselves from the encirclement.
The letter concluded:
I am submitting this report in duplicate so that one copy may be forwarded to the Reich Minister. Peace and order cannot be maintained in Belarus with methods of that sort. To bury seriously wounded people alive who worked their way out of their graves again is such a base and filthy act that the incidents as such should be reported to the Fuehrer and Reichsmarshal.
Adolf Hitler , by all accounts, was never notified of the incident and thereafter mistakenly believed that Nazi partisans among the Belarusian population would support the Germans in the continuing invasion.