August Hafner was SS Obersturmfuhrer and Paul
Blobel was SS commander in Einsatzgruppen C. This is August Hafner's
Blobel ordered me to have the children executed. I asked him, "By
whom should the shooting be carried out?" He answered, "By the
Waffen-SS." I raised an objection and said, "They are all young
men. How are we going to answer them if we make them shoot small
The children were taken down from the tractor. They were lined up along
the top of the grave and shot so that they fell into it. The Ukrainians
did not aim at any particular part of the body. They fell into the grave.
The wailing was indescribable. I shall never forget the scene throughout
my life. I find it very hard to bear.