Councils of Jewish Elders:
(1) In each Jewish community, a Council of Jewish Elders is to be set up, to be
composed, as far as possible, of the remaining influential personalities and
rabbis. The council is to comprise up to 24 male Jews (depending on the size
of the Jewish community).
The council is to be made fully responsible, in the literal sense of the word, for
the exact punctual execution of all directives issued or yet to be issued.
(2) In case of sabotage of such instructions, the councils are to be warned of
the severest measures.
(3) The Jewish councils are to take an improvised census of the Jews in their
local areas - broken down if possible by sex (age groups): a) up to 16 years of
age, b) from 16 to 20 years of age, and c) over, as well as by principal
occupation groups - and are to report the results in the shortest possible time.
(4) The Councils of Elders are to be informed of the dates and deadlines for
departure, departure facilities, and finally departure routes. They are then to
be made personally responsible for the departure of the Jews from the
The reason to be given for the concentration of the Jews into the cities is that
Jews have most influentially participated in guerrilla attacks and plundering