I would love to explain the exact reason why these 9 Polish men were executed on November 25,1941. But I can’t.
Looking at the text of the German announcement which was signed by the by the governor of Lublin district,all that the announcement indicates is that the men did not fulfill their quota and were therefor in breach of Article 1 of the Kriegswirtschafts verordnung , War Economy Regulation. which states:
“Anyone who destroys, disposes of, or withholds raw materials or products that belong to the vital needs of the population, and thereby maliciously endangers the cover of this need, will be punished with a prison sentence or in particularly severe cases can be sentenced to death.”
This law was of course deliberately vague so that the Nazis could apply it in whatever way they wanted to.
These 9 men were likely executed for keeping some food for themselves or their family.
The law stayed in place until after the war. It was finally replaced in 1949 by the Economic Criminal Law
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