Moscow (Jan. 13)
“Half-Jews” and “quarter-Jews” have been serving in the Nazi army since last April, it was revealed today on the basis of documents seized by the Red Army when it captured the staff headquarters of the 298th infantry division. These documents reveal that as far back as last April the Nazi army was suffering from so great a shortage of reserves that it was necessary for Hitler to issue an order permitting the drafting of part-Jews.
According to the order, which was countersigned by both Hitler and Von Keitel, then German commander-in-chief, it was decided to draft into the army persons who had fifty percent “Jewish blood” or whose wives were half-Jewish and those who, themselves, had twenty-five percent “Jewish blood,” or whose wives were quarter-Jewish. The first category – those who were half-Jewish – were to be kept isolated from the rest of the Nazi soldiers, and in no event could become officers. The second category – those with only twenty-five percent Jewish blood – were to be treated, however, no differently than any of the other soldiers and might become officers. Promotions of this latter group, however, have to be approved by Hitler.