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benevolent chief. His obesity predisposed him to tranquility [sic]. He was well-read in history, one could converse admirably with him." After the departure of Schroeder, the post "Assimilated Jews" remained vacant. But the replacement was promptly appointed. It was Dannecker, transferred from one of the regional offices of the SD in the provinces where he also took care of Jewish affairs (CDXXXVII-18),

In the meantime, the work intensified:
"Now things began slowly to move... That is what one called the daily entries (Tageseinlauf). The reports of the sections (regional, local) of the SD, the shipments of materials from the archives seized by the Gestapo and from which reports were to be addressed to it, reports of Nazi organizations and of the police services."
Towards the end of 1936, (28) all of the section II-1 received a new head which was to give it all its impetus. This was F.A. Six, employed until then as chief of the "Press" section, I-3. It is Six who in November 1937 was to replace Wisliceny by Hagen, the former being transferred to Dantzig [sic] to direct the regional section of the SD, "Ideological Adversaries." Eichmann related that Hagen "tried to set up the affair otherwise and to animate it..." Thus Six replaced the flegmatic [sic] Wisliceny by Hagen, who was his protégé and former collaborator in the "Press" section. Eichmann testified:
"Hagen was an intelligent and broad minded person. He disposed of a fine general culture and was highly capable of rapidly assimilating matters of which he had previously no knowledge, of recognizing what was essential, of extracting it and immediately writing an article on it... And it is thus that Dr. Six used him as the author of numerous articles in his monthly, published at the time by the Institute of Foreign Policy under his editorship..." "At that time he had no idea of Jewish organizations, of their aspirations, of their goals. The first thing he did on arriving was to question me... He interrogated me, in fact, in such an exhaustive manner and wanted to know everything with such precision that it was difficult for me to come out with everything I knew: more exactly, he pumped out my knowledge until there was nothing left, the organizations that I named. And the astounding thing was that he retained all that... I should add that he was assisted in this by the tables that I have evoked previously, those which were hung on the walls and which generally indicated at least the names."
Hagen had in Eichmann a serious and extremely zealous collaborator. Eichmann declared under examination:
"I must say that I procured the Jewish Encyclopedia and other works in great quantity... At that time I read enormously in this field and, its goes without saying, all of the Jewish papers."
He said that he studied the Jewish organizations first hand and that having no executive power and therefore being unable to convoke Jewish personalities to interrogate them, he obtained these contacts by means of convocations delivered by the Gestapo.

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