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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.
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.
Max Pauly, Kommandant at Stutthof (1941-1942) and Neuengamme (1942-1945.) Some 65,000 to 85,000 persons perished at Stutthof during the war, while 40,000 to 56,000 died at Neuengamme. Max Pauly was hanged on October 8, 1948 at Hameln, Germany, probably by the British hangman Albert Pierrepoint.
Fallschirmjäger Hauptmann (Paratroop Captain) Walter Gericke (smoking) was originally a policeman who transferred to the Luftwaffe and became one of the first battalion commanders of the Parachute Division.He fought in the Battle of Crete (1941) and won the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.He also fought in Italy and by the war's end was a lt colonel. Postwar, he was POW of the British.He returned to service in the 50s and commanded 1.Airborne Division 1962-65.He retired a major general.
Fritz Fischer In 1940, he became troop physician of the SS Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. After having been wounded he was posted back to Hohenlychen and worked in the camp hospital of the Ravensbrück concentration camp as a surgical assistant to Karl Gebhardt. He participated in the surgical experiments carried out on concentration camp inmates there.
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.”