At the beginning of his report Jurgen Stroop lists the losses of German troops:

'For the Fuehrer and their country the following fell in the battle for the destruction of Jews and bandits in the former ghetto of Warsaw .. (fifteen names are listed).
Furthermore, the Polish police sergeant Julian Zielinski, born 13 November 1891, 8th Commissariat, fell on 19 April 1943 while fulfilling his duty. They gave their utmost, their life. We shall never forget them.

The following were wounded .. (the names of 60 Waffen SS personnel are listed), 11 watchmen from training camps, probably Lithuanians, 12 Security Police officers in SS units, 5 men of the Polish Police, and 2 regular army personnel, engineers.'

Daily reports ..

'Our setting the block on fire achieved the result in the course of the night that those Jews whom we had not been able to find despite all our search operations left their hideouts under the roofs, in the cellars, and elsewhere, and appeared on the outside of the buildings, trying to escape the flames. Masses of them - entire families - were already aflame and jumped from the windows or endeavored to let themselves down by means of sheets tied together or the like. Steps had been taken so that these Jews as well as the remaining ones were liquidated at once.'

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