The main Jewish battle group, mixed with Polish bandits, had already retired during the first and second
day to the so-called Muranowski Square. There, it was reinforced by a considerable number of Polish
bandits. Its plan was to hold the ghetto by every means in order to prevent us from invading it. The Jewish
and Polish standards were hoisted at the top of a concrete building as a challenge to us. These two
standards, however, were captured on the second day of the action by a special raiding party.
SS-Untersturmführer Dehmke fell in this skirmish with the bandits; he was holding in his
hand a hand-grenade which was hit by the enemy and exploded, injuring him fatally. After only a few days
I realized that the original plan had no prospect of success, unless the armament factories and other enterprises
of military importance distributed throughout the ghetto were dissolved. It was therefore necessary to
approach these firms and to give them appropriate time for being evacuated and immediately transferred.
Thus one of these firms after the other was dealt with, and we very soon deprived the Jews and bandits
of their chance to take refuge time and again in these enterprises, which were under the supervision of the
Armed Forces. In order to decide how much time was necessary to evacuate these enterprises thorough
inspections were necessary. The conditions discovered there are indescribable. I cannot imagine a greater
chaos than in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Jews had control of everything, from the chemical substances used
in manufacturing explosives to clothing and equipment for the Armed Forces. The managers knew so little
of their own shops that the Jews were in a position to produce inside these shops arms of every kind,
especially hand grenades, Molotov cocktails, and the like.
Moreover, the Jews had succeeded in fortifying some of these factories as centers of resistance.