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[Zen…] tralstelle that Eichmann was to organize in Vienna was nothing other than the instrument of this centralization recommended by Hagen as soon as he was nominated to head the II-112. It was, as Hagen expressed it on December 7, 1937, the instrument of the "establishment of relations with the competent sections of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. " But Eichmann perfected this principle by addressing himself to all the authorities on whom the permission to emigrate depended: the Prefecture of Police, Ministries of the Economy and Finance, the Gestapo, etc. The representatives of all the authorities were gathered together in one bureau, and the preparation of all the documents necessary for emigration took place as on an assembly line. (46) According to this testimony of Eichmann, the Jewish personalities with whom he then worked in Vienna had also asked him to centralize the procedures; for, as he recognized himself, the diverse administrations sometimes created obstacles, which exasperated the Jewish emigrants.

In the impetus that the II-112 gave to the Jewish emigration from Austria, it continued to give preference to Zionist organizations. The semestrial report of Hagen for the period of July to December 1938 (CDXXXVII-25) informs us that after the closing up of all the Jewish organizations in Vienna, immediately following the annexation to the Reich, all of the Zionist organizations were re-opened (and religious organizations as well, except for those exercising educational activities). In contrast, the organizations of assimilated Jews remained prohibited.

On May 3, 1938, Eichmann (47) wrote to Hagen:
"Dear Herbert... the "Zionist Review" publishes its first issue next Friday. I had the manuscripts sent to me and am currently in the midst of the bothersome work of censoring. It goes without saying that the paper will be sent to you. It will in a way become "my" paper... I have required that the cultural community and the Zionist union reach a figure of 20,000 indigent Jews emigrating between April 1, 1938 and May 1, 1938, which they have accepted as having to be executed."
Eichmann in this letter summed up the situation as follows:
"Aryanization, Jews still in the economy to be treated according to the decree of Gauleiter Burkel. By far the most difficult chapter, that of getting the Jews to emigrate, is the task of the SD..."
The Zentralstelle was a dependancy [sic] of the "Sipo-SD of the Danube." Eichmann was named director of the Zentralstelle. But he still belonged to the SD II-112, of which he directed the Austrian branch. At the same time he exercised an executive function, for on the one hand he organized the administrative work in view of emigration; and on the other hand he led the Jews to emigrate by making their life in Austria intolerable. Subordinate to Stahlecker, chief of the Sipo-SD for the region of the "Danube", Eichmann was divided between the SD, to which he still belonged, and the Gestapo. It nevertheless remains that the SD II-112, in other words Hagen, finally arranged matters concern […ing]
    
   

 
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