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Translation of document 2374-PS

I, Dr. Rudolf Mildner, Colonel of the Police, make the
following statement:

Probably in July or August of 1944 the commanders and
inspectors of the Sipo and SD received an order by R.F. SS
Himmler through the Chef of Sipo and SD Dr. Kaltenbrunner,
with the contents that the members of all English-American
commando groups should be turned over to the Sipo by the
armed forces. The Sipo was to interrogate these men and then
shoot them after the questioning. The shooting was to be
made known to the armed forces in the communique saying that
the commando force had been annihilated in battle.

The decree indicated that it had been drawn up by the R.F.
SS Himmler and the supreme commander of the ground forces
Keitel. Whether the decree had the signature of the R.F. SS
Himmler or the Chef of Sipo and SD Dr. Kaltenbrunner I don’t
remember. The decree was classified “top secret” [Geheime
Reichssache]. It was to be destroyed immediately after
reading. The decree probably also reached the inspectors
through the following channels: Chef der Sipo and SD Dr.
Kaltenbrunner to the head of section IV of the RSHA
Gruppenfuehrer Mueller and from the commander of the Sipo
and SD to the inspector. Whether the decree was also
directed to the heads of the Stapo and the Kripo, originally
the SD, is unknown to me today.

The decree must have gone through the head of the
Ordnungspolizei to the Orpo as well as to Hoehere SS and
Polizeifuehrer. It made no difference whether the member of
the commando unit was in civilian clothes or in uniform.

After reading the statement of Criminal Commissioner Feller,
I believe I can remember a decree by R.F. SS Himmler
ordering all agents dropped by parachute in uniform or
civilian clothes, to be treated like members of commando

                                     /S/ Dr. Rudolf Mildner.

Subscribed and sworn to before me at Freising, Germany this
27th day of June 1945.

                                   /S/ Albert G. Langeluttig
                                       Lt. Colonel, Infantry
                                      Investigating Officer.