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Translation of document 3718-PS
STATEMENT At the beginning of the Russian campaign I was the First General Staff officer of the 17th Panzer Division which had the mission of driving across the Bug north of Brest- Litovsk. Shortly before the beginning of the attack my division received through channels from the OKW a written order of the Fuehrer. This order directed that Russian commissars be shot upon capture, without judicial process, immediately and ruthlessly. This order extended to all units of the Eastern Army. Although the order was supposed to be relayed to companies the Commanding General of the XXXXVII Panzer Corps (General of Panzer Troops Lemelsen) forbade its being passed on to the troops because it appeared unacceptable to him from military and moral points of view. [signed] BOGISLAV v. BONIN Colonel 1 December 1945 OBERURSEL: SS Before me, Paul A. Neuland, Major, QMC, ASN O-385720, all officer duly qualified to take oaths, appeared Colonel v. Bonin to me known, who in my presence signed the foregoing "Erklaerung” (statement) consisting of one page in the German language, and swore that the same was true on the 1st day of December 1945. [signed] Paul A. Neuland PAUL A. NEULAND Major, QMC O-385720.