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A young SS soldier, likely of the 12th SS Panzer Divison “Hitlerjugend”, a unit that took 43% of the casualties in the Normandy landings. Most were members of the Hitler Youth, earning it the nickname “Baby Division” by the Allies. Many were so young that rather than standard tobacco/ alcohol ration, they were given chocolate and sweets. In just under a year, the 20,540 members of the division had been whittled down to just 10,000, all of whom surrendered at Enns on May 8, 1945.
Theodor Eicke Kommandant at Dachau (1933-1934.) One of the most brutal men in the concentration camp system, he became the Inspector of Concentration Camps, after his stint at Dachau. He later served in the SS Totenkopf Division and assumed command of that formation. He was a winner of the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves; he was killed when his aircraft was shot down in Russia on February 26, 1943.
Horror Story - U1417464 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. Paul Leo Seidel, of Munich, former inmate of the Auschwitz camp, displays a model of the so-called ‘Bocer Swing’ – A torture method devised by Wilhlem Bocer, one of the defendants at the Frankfurt trial. According to testimony of Auschwitz survivors, the prisoner’s hands were tied in back and their legs put through this loop. They were then made to ‘wing’ by Bocer using truncheon or whip.
Staatsminister für Böhmen und Mähren, Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer im Protektorat (Minister of State as Reich Minister for Bohemia and Moravia, Higher SS and Police Leader HSSPF) SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei Karl Hermann Frank
SS-Group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS (as of April 1944) Fritz von Scholz, Edler von Rerancze assumed command of the Nordland Division in April 1943 and deployed first in Yugoslavia, in anti-partisan operations, and then to Army Group North around Leningrad. Von Scholz was extremely popular among his men, who called him "Papa Scholz".On July 27, 1944,"Papa Scholz" was on the front line on the Narva river when he was struck by shrapnel; he died the next day at a field hospital.
Paul Werner Hoppe, Kommandant at Stutthof (1942-1945.) Won the Iron Cross First Class, while serving in the SS Totenkopf Division. He was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, released in 1966 and died in July 1974. After the war, he stated about the Final Solution, “All this never happened. It’s all lies.”
Auschwitz - Birkenau, concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. From the 1942 Auschwitz became the largest site for the murder of Jews brought here under the Nazi plan for their extermination. More than 1,100,000 people lost their lives here.Many of those not killed in the gas chambers died of starvation, forced labor, infectious diseases, individual executions, and medical experiments.