The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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[hand…] -ling the Jewish question needed the inspiration of the non-governmental authority of the SS of which the SD was an emanation. In the trimestrial report of March 1, 1939, Hagen, writing of the "Action of November against Jewry (Judenschaft)" (a reference to the "Night of Crystal": reprisals for the attack committed by Grinzpan [sic] in Paris against the person of the German diplomat Von [sic] Rath), specified that "the principal bureau (of the SD) and all its main and regional branches participated in part in the execution of the action and in part in the putting under safe cover of the material of Jewish archives and libraries." (36) At that time Eichmann was occupied in Vienna, and it was Hagen and Dannecker who had to cope with all this activity directed by Lischka. The last part of it saw the brutal internment of 30,000 Jews as a means of pressure to stimulate the willingness of the Jews to emigrate from the Reich.

A few weeks after having received the responsibility for the II-112, Hagen drew up the regulations for his section which were summed up in a note of December 21, 1937 (37). The accent was put on the necessity to study works devoted to Judaism, to make résumés of them and to discuss them. These regulations formed a supplement to those given by the II-1, that is to say by Six. They were thus due to Hagen personally. It is true that on this subject the reports note that due to lack of time, the cultural work never got off the ground. Let us recall, however, that Eichmann affirmed that he had read enormously on the question. In addition, a thick report on French Judaism made by Dannecker at the time of his activity in Paris (XXVI-1) shows that he was very familiar with the structures of Jewish organizations in general. It is certain that the education which Hagen, Eichmann and Dannecker acquired by assiduous study made them competent specialists of the Jewish question.

The work which was being accomplished in the II-112 carried the obligation of letting at least a chosen public outside of the SD take advantage of it. Hagen, Eichmann and Dannecker gave lectures on the Jewish question for the preparatory courses of the SD but also for classes organized by the Police, by the "People's Tribunals" and above all by the Party. This teaching activity was very intense from January to June 1938. During this period when, precisely, the solution to the Jewish question was suddenly brought up before public opinion as having to be resolved without delay, the principal activity was due above all to Hagen and Dannecker and very little to Eichmann, who was occupied in Vienna forcing the Austrian Jews to emigrate. One notes in the report of October 1936 to February 1937 (CDXXXVII-16) four lectures; in that concerning July to December 1937 six lectures of which there were delivered by Hagen, (CDXXXVII-22), two by Eichmann, one by Dannecker. But from January to June 1938 twenty-nine lectures were given, including eighteen by Hagen, four by Dannecker and one by Eichmann. Afterwards, in the report covering July to December 1938 (CDXXXVII-23), one notes two lectures by Hagen, in August. In the report of January to June 1938, Hagen wrote:
    
   

 
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