Camp Men

Iconic Photo of the Selection Ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau

The selection ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau (Auschwitz II).  The column on the left will head directly to the gas chambers.  The column on the right will enter the camp and be worked to death.  Tall officer right front (wearing peaked cap) appears to be Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious physician that experimented on twins.  Mengele escaped post-war justice and fled to South America, where it is almost certain that he died of natural causes in 1979.

Iconic Photo of the Selection Ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau2016-03-04T10:07:09-06:00

Officers and Non-commissioned Officers at the Belzec Extermination Camp

 

Belzec Extermination Camp Staff

Belzec Extermination Camp Staff

(1) SS-Rottenführer Fritz Tauscher, (2) SS-Rottenführer Karl Gringer, (3) SS-Rottenführer Ernst Zierke, (4) SS-Hauptscharführer Lorenz Hackenholt, (5) Polizei-Wachtmeister Artur Dachsel, (6) SS-Rottenführer Heinrich Barbl.

 

Officers and Non-commissioned Officers at the Belzec Extermination Camp2016-03-30T16:52:12-06:00

SS-Hauptsturmführer Josef Mengele, Auschwitz & Gross-Rosen

SS-Hauptsturmführer Josef Mengele; Mengele served in the 5th Waffen-SS Division Wiking, winning the Iron Cross 1st Class, before transferring to Auschwitz and subsequently Gross-Rosen.  After the war, many German sources attempted to separate the frontline SS from those that served in the camps.  That was an incorrect assertion as hundreds of SS officers transferred back and forth between the two.

SS-Hauptsturmführer Josef Mengele; Mengele served in the 5th Waffen-SS Division Wiking, winning the Iron Cross 1st Class, before transferring to Auschwitz and subsequently Gross-Rosen.  After the war, many German sources attempted to separate the frontline SS from those that served in the camps.  That was an incorrect assertion as hundreds of SS officers transferred back and forth between the two.

SS-Hauptsturmführer Josef Mengele, Auschwitz & Gross-Rosen2016-03-28T18:21:38-06:00

Belzec Officers

Belzec Officers

The Nazis murdered between 430,000 and 500,000 people at the Belzec extermination camp, part of “Operation Reinhard.”  These two SS men were on the staff at the camp.  The Camp Men identifies many of the perpetrators of the Final Solution from old photographs, to include the names of these two men.

Belzec Officers2015-09-09T19:54:01-06:00

Camp Men Sample Page

The Camp Men Sample Page

Camp Men sample page.  The information for each officer is presented in tabular format and includes the National Archive File microfilm roll number.

Camp Men Sample Page2015-09-09T20:00:28-06:00

Himmler, SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Ziereis (Mauthausen) and Kaltenbrunner

Himmler, Ziereis and Kaltenbrunner

Heinrich Himmler (left) with SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Ziereis (pointing, in the center) and Ernst Kaltenbrunner (right) at Mauthausen.  Mauthausen, and its satellite camps, were the scene of 70,000 to 120,000 deaths among the inmates.  Ziereis served at Mauthausen from 1939 to 1945.  American troops near the camp shot him and he died of his wounds on May 24, 1945.  Ernst Kaltenbrunner took over the Reich Main Security Service (RSHA) after the death of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942.  Kaltenbrunner was convicted of war crimes and hanged by Master Sergeant John C. Woods at Nürnberg on October 16, 1946.

Himmler, SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Ziereis (Mauthausen) and Kaltenbrunner2015-09-09T20:02:20-06:00

Theodor Eicke, Kommandant at Dachau

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.

Theodor Eicke, Kommandant at Dachau2015-09-09T20:03:30-06:00

SS-Sturmbannführer Richard Baer, Dachau, Columbia Haus, Neuengamme, Auschwitz & Dora

Richard Baer

Kommandant at Auschwitz (1944-1945) and Dora (1945.)  Baer served in the SS Totenkopf Division in 1942.  At least 1,000,000 persons died at Auschwitz; about 20,000 perished at Dora.  He died while in detention at trial in Frankfurt, Germany on June 17, 1963, having avoided prosecution for many years due to a false identity of Karl Neumann.

SS-Sturmbannführer Richard Baer, Dachau, Columbia Haus, Neuengamme, Auschwitz & Dora2015-09-09T20:05:23-06:00
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