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Judging from the cited characteristic of Hagen, the latter developed his activities of chief on the basis of material assembled by Eichmann.

Eichmann declared in Jerusalem: "As I have already told you, Hagen arrived after Wisliceny. And according to the old saying,
"New brooms sweep clean," one began here with a renewed activity under the authority of Hagen's superior, Dr. Six... Since the end of 1935, one had only dragged... (Hagen) submitted to his chief a new division of labor. In principle, it was a question of pulling the SD out of the insignificance of its activity and pulling it up to the level of the Gestapo, in direct contact with it, Gestapo – executive authority, SD – intelligence authority. This intensification took place not only in the II-112 but in the whole of II... and had to result from an order of the chief of the Sipo and the SD..." (29)
In this passage, Eichmann answered questions concerning the report submitted by Hagen to Six in December 1937 (CDXXXVII-21) on the "reorganization of the section," thus from the time of Hagen's nomination as head of the II-112.

Hagen declared that the "real work on the adversary Judaism by the section II-112 began roughly near the end of 1935," but that the awkward tactic of the direction (of the II-112) prevented the establishment that the II-112 did not bring out its initiative in the Gestapo and that, of "all practical contact" with the Jews in Germany. Hagen deplored when the latter took an interest in Jewish organizations and proceeded to the interrogation of a personality representative of these organizations, "the questioning was conducted exclusively by officials of the Gestapo." Hagen added that one did not exercise any "political orientation of Jewish organizations.., according to the Gestapo's point of view," nor the surveillance of "Jewish political officials." In contrast, we learn that the representatives of the II-112 henceforth entered into direct contact with the representatives of Jewish organizations convoked by the Gestapo and that one spoke not only of Judaism in Germany but in the world as a whole. "By means of regular convocations of officials directing Jewish organizations, we are trying to direct the policy in the Jewish question in such a manner as to favourize [sic] and intensify the emigration especially of indigent Jews." At the same time, visits to the headquarters of Jewish organizations permitted the checking up on them and the correction of certains [sic] "faults" such as the employment of foreign Jews. On the other hand, the II-112 established a liaison with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior "to obtain an immediate influence upon the practical execution of the emigration. The final objective is to centralize all of the Jewish question in Germany in the SD and the Gestapo. A report to the Chief (Heydrich) on this subject is being drawn up." (30)

Eichmann under examination (31) emphasized the contradiction between the firm resolution of the government to have the Jews emigrate and the difficulties raised on this subject by the German administration. The development of the Jewish affairs section of the SD, with the Gestapo as executive authority, had the task of overcoming the difficulties and taking charge of the solution of the Jewish question, which at that time amounted to emigration.
     
   

 
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