Ethnic German Self-Protection Militia
   At the very outset of the German invasion of Poland, Adolf Hitler ordered the establishment of this ethnic German militia whose purpose can best be summarized in the words of Heinrich Himmler’s adjutant, Ludolf von Alvensleben, “You are the master race here. . . . Don’t be soft, be merciless, and clear out everything that is not German and could hinder us in the work of construction.” The militia engaged in the mass shooting of Polish civilians, which they justified as revenge for supposed atrocities committed by Poles against ethnic Germans.

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