The Holocaust and the Neo-Nazi Mythomania
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[imme…] -diately after the annexation, the action was still limited to Austrian territory. The "solution" was not in evidence in all of the Reich until November 1938.

The operation in Austria was both carefully and feverishly prepared by the S.D. (42) An immense and technically perfected file was compiled to cover all persons whose activities classified them as opponents of Nazism, obviously including the Jews. As of March 1938, the Hitlerian power lashed out against the Austrian Jews. Expropriation was immediately decreed and applied. The Jewish organizations as a whole were forbidden, and personalities representative of Jewish community life were arrested and interned. (43)

In the semestrial report on the activity of the II-112 between January 1 and June 30, 1938 (CDXXXVII-23), Hagen summed up the political action in Austria which was the essential part of the activity of the II-112 at the time:
"Results of the investigations: the accomplishment of the entire operation against Jewish organizations in Austria, with the participation of civil servants of the foreign section of the Gestapo: reconstitution of Jewish organizations for the country of Austria; discovery of internal processes concerning the foundation of a Jewish State; financing of the Jewish emigration form Austria to the extent that it is admissible from the point of view of the situation of the Reich regarding foreign currencies." (44)
As for the direction of this action, the report states:
"The SS U'stuf Hagen was detached to Vienna from March 3 to April 11, 1938, to participate in the actions in Austria. SS U'stuf Eichmann was on March 16, 1938, designated for the same mission and was later entrusted with the direction of the II-112 of the Office there." (45)
At his trial Eichmann gave no account of the presence of Hagen in Vienna. He related that he arrived alone in Vienna and that, having no contact apart from the address of the Sipo-SD in that city, he undertook the reorganization of Jewish life, subordinating it to the imperative of emigration. He told of the liberation of Jewish personalities, the choice he made of an administrator of the Jewish community and the intuition which led him to create a central office for Jewish emigration (Zentralstelle für judische Auswanderung). He was quick to unite in the same section representatives of all the government authorities on whom the delivery of emigration permits depended. This centralization did in fact remarkably accelerate the process of preparation for emigration. According to the testimony of Wisliceny (LXXXVII-67), Heydrich engaged his authority for the creation of this office.

We have noted, however, that Eichmann spent the first three weeks in Vienna with Hagen, entrusted with the same mission as the latter. In addition, the idea of a Zentralstelle may be derived from Hagen's report of December 7, 1937 (CDXXXVII-21), on the reorganization of the II-112 involving it in practical work and not just theoretical. It is in short a question of the principle of subordination of everything concerning the Jewish question to the SD and the Gestapo. The Zen […tralstelle]
    
   

 
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