How to Get Ahead in Russian Society - Advice for Germans Abroad

On 14 February 1946, Lev Smirnov, the assistant chief prosecutor for the USSR, presented to the Tribunal evidence of crimes against the civilian population of the Soviet Union. Among documents presented were secret instructions dated 1 June 1941 issued by Herbert Backe, state secretary of the Reich’s Ministry for Food and Agriculture, on how officials should conduct themselves in the territory intended for occupation of the USSR.

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