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Translation of document 057-PS

National Socialist German Workers Party

The Head of the Party-Chancellory
Fuehrer headquarters, the 30.5.1944


[Receipt Stamp]
Dated 7 June 1944 Nr. 041 K
(Marked) Shown to RL 7/6

Circular Letter 125/44 Secret
(not for publication)

Concerns: Justice exercised by the people against Anglo-American murderers.

In the last few weeks low-flying English and American flyers have repeatedly shot children playing in squares, women and children at work in the fields, peasants plowing, vehicles on the highways, trains, etc. from a low altitude with their aircraft guns [Bordwaffen], and have thus murdered defenseless civiliansparticularly women and childrenin the vilest manner.

Several instances have occurred where members of the crews of such aircraft who have bailed out or have made forced landings were lynched on the spot immediately after capture by the populace which was incensed to the highest degree.

No police measures or criminal proceedings were invoked against the German civilians who participated in these incidents.

signed M. BORMANN.

Distributed List:
Members of the Executive Board of the NSDAP [Reichsleiter] Regional leaders [Gauleiter] Leaders of the incorporated and affiliated organizations of the Party [Verbandefuehrer] District leaders [Kreisleiter]

[STAMPED] For Cognizance to 1) Staff Leader [Stableiter] 2) Central Office

Authenticated: Friedrichs

To all Province and District Leaders:

Concerns: Circular letter 125/44 Secret.

The leader of the Party-Chancellory requests that the local group leaders [Ortagruppenleiter] be instructed concerning the content of this circular letter orally only.


Authenticated: Karms