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Lagerführer of Auschwitz I from 16th February 1942 until 18th August 1943
SS#: 2 700
NSDAP#: 164 755
SS-Unterscharführer – December 1931
SS-Oberscharführer – 11th November 1932
SS-Hauptscharführer – 20th April 1933
SS-Untersturmführer – 20th April 1934
SS-Obersturmführer – 15th September 1935
SS-Hauptsturmführer – 11th September 1938
SS-Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS – 9th November 1944
One of the most important men at Auschwitz being deputy to the commandant, he was very different from many SS officers; he was completely uneducated and almost illiterate. Hans Aumeier was born on 20th August 1906 in the small town of Amberg, Germany, where he attended elementary school for 4 years and then secondary school for just 3 years. In 1918 he left school without any qualifications to take up an apprenticeship as a turner and fitter in a local rifle factory, following his own father’s career. In 1923 he left the small factory in Amberg and began work with a larger factory in Munich. In 1925 he tried to join the Reichswehr but failed and returned to the rifle factory in Munich, but he couldn’t settle and after taking up similar positions in other factories in Berlin, Bremen and Cologne he became unemployed. Throughout the period between 1926 and 1929 Aumeier moved from one job to another, and was in and out of employment, taking part-time work and summer jobs in order to survive. He was an early member of the Nazi Party, joining in December 1929, and in 1931 he joined the SA and was soon employed as a driver at the SA headquarters in Berlin. Later in December 1931 he was transferred to the SS where he worked in the garage as a driver, and was on the staff of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. He had now found a job he liked and the discipline of the SA and SS suited Aumeier well, he felt he belonged, although he wanted to be a soldier.
On 15th January 1934 he was assigned to the SS-Totenkopfverbande5 joining the 1st “Oberbayern” Totenkopf Unit and was employed as an instructor for new recruits. By the end of November 1934 he had been promoted to SS-Untersturmführer and was made a Platoon Leader. He remained at Dachau for sometime training new recruits, and was promoted to SS-Obersturmführer the following November. In April 1936 he was transferred to the 4th “Ostfriesland” SS-Totenkopf Regiment which was responsible for guarding Esterwegen concentration camp. In December 1936 he was transferred to Lichtenburg concentration camp where he served as a Company Commander with the 2nd “Elbe” SS-Totenkopf Regiment. In the spring of 1937 he was transferred to 12th Guard Company in Weimar who were responsible for guarding the Reich’s Interior Ministry. In January 1938 he returned to Dachau and continued training new guards, in November 1938 he was promoted to SS-Hauptsturmführer.
On 1st August 1938 he was assigned to Flossenburg concentration camp where he acted as head of Department III, where he remained until the end of January 1942, even though he had requested twice for a transfer to a Waffen-SS frontline unit, on both occasions these requests were refused.
On 1st February 1942 he was transferred to Auschwitz concentration camp and was appointed as head of Department III, and named Schutzhaftlagerführer at Auschwitz I, where he remained until 16th August 1943. It was during this time at Auschwitz that Aumeier made a name for himself, he was responsible for many draconian methods, including tortures, beatings, and executions. On 19th March 1942, 144 women were shot at the execution wall in the courtyard of Blocks 10 and 11 on Aumeier’s orders; then again on 27th May 1942 he was present at a mass execution of 168 prisoners who were shot in the same manner.6 On 18th August 1943 Aumeier was found guilty of corrupt practices within the camp and as a result was transferred from Auschwitz on the personal orders of Commandant Hoess.
According to an interrogation report Aumeier stated that in May-June 1943 while still attached to Auschwitz he was ordered to report to the Higher SS and Police Leader “Ostland”, SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln7. He was attached to the SS Construction Brigade of 5th SS Panzer Corps; this unit was responsible for building fortifications in the area Oranienbaum-Leningrad and was under the command of Organisation Todt. Aumeier would command a Jewish construction unit of some 7,000 men with orders to construct, and then establish a concentration camp in the area of Vaivara for Jews. After he was dismissed from Auschwitz he returned to Vaivara as commandant and remained there until August 1944, when the camp was evacuated and all his prisoners were made the responsibility of the commandant of Stutthof concentration camp. On 20th August, Aumeier reported back to Jeckeln and found himself attached to a Police Battalion part of “Kampfgruppe (Battle Group) Jeckeln”, situated near Riga. Here Aumeier took part in his only frontline engagement with the enemy, his unit attempted to attack the island Osel but was unsuccessful, what part he played in this attack is unclear.
In October 1944 shortly before the surrender of Riga he was ordered to report to SS-Gruppenführer Gluecks8 at Oranienburg. He took this opportunity to ask Gluecks if he could return to his old unit at Dachau so he could visit his family, his request was granted, but he was taken ill with an old eye injury and was sent to hospital; and remained there until January 1945. When he was finally discharged he reported back to Oranienburg and was asked whether he wanted to go to Norway to become commandant of a new concentration camp at Mysen. He asked for leave to see his family but this time it was refused and he was told to report to SS-Sturmbannführer Max Pauly, 9 immediately who would brief him. On 22nd January he arrived in Oslo met Pauly and was told he had to supervise the building of a camp to house approximately 3,000 prisoners to be used in slave labour. It seems that Aumeier managed to build this camp and his treatment of the prisoners was very different from that of how he treated the prisoners at Auschwitz. He worked closely with the Norwegian Red Cross and even let them into the camp; perhaps he was thinking of possible war crime trials after the war? On 7th May 1945 Aumeier opened the camp and let the prisoners go free, by the next day the camp was empty.
On 11th June 1945, Aumeier was arrested at Terningmoen camp, he was still in full SS uniform without forged papers and admitted almost immediately his name and rank in fact he hid nothing. He was interrogated by US intelligence officers at Akershus Prison in August 1945. In 1946 he was extradited to Poland to face trial as a war criminal along with 39 other members of the SS staff of Auschwitz-Birkenau, before the Supreme National Tribunal in Cracow. The trial lasted from 25th November to 16th December 1947, and Aumeier stated that if he was found guilty and sentenced to death he would “die as a “Sundenbock” (scapegoat) for Germany”. He told the court that he had never killed anyone at Auschwitz and neither had any of his men and denied knowledge of the gas chambers. On 22nd December Aumeier was sentenced to death, and he was hanged on 28th January 1948 in Montelupich Prison, Cracow.
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1) Waffen-SS Commanders (2 vols)
2) Allgemeine-SS, The Commands, Units, and Leaders of the General SS
3) Riding East, The SS Cavalry Brigade in Poland and Russia 1939-42
4) Images of the Waffen-SS
5) Knights of Steel (2 vols) on "Das Reich"
6) Individual biographies of Otto Weidinger, Ernst August Krag, and Otto Kumm (3 books)
7) German Cross in Silver Holders of the SS and Police
8) German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police vol. 1
Feb 2005: German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police vol. 2
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The SS-Brigadeführer, 1933 - 1945, a book on CD-Rom by myself and Andreas Schulz (see description below).
Awaiting Publication by Roger Bender (Spring 2005):
Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume I (Reichsführer-SS - SS-Gruppenführer, Georg Ahrens - Karl Gutenberger); 71 biographies, approximately 370 pages of text and over 400 photos.
Manuscripts in the works:
Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume II (Reichsführer-SS - SS-Gruppenführer, Hans Haltermann - Werner Ostendorff), with Andreas Schulz as coauthor.
Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume III (SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer - SS-Gruppenführer, Günther Pancke - Karl Zech), with Andreas Schulz as coauthor.
The SS-Oberführer, another book on CD-Rom with Andreas Schulz as coauthor.
The SS-Standartenführer (ditto)
Knight's Cross Holders of the SS & German Police (also on CD-Rom, same format as The SS-Brigadeführer/Oberführer/Standartenführer CD's, providing all data short of career info. [primarily promotions and listings of awards w/dates received)
Leaders of the SA, NSKK, & NSFK, with Andreas Schulz as coauthor (2 volumes, the first covering all Stabschef/Korpsführer, Obergruppenführer, and Gruppenführer, the second covering all Brigadeführer)
Leaders of the NSDAP, with Andreas Schulz as coauthor (1 volume covering Hitler, Göring, Hess, and all Reichsleiter, Gauleiter, and stellvertretender (deputy) Gauleiter
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'Rapid Fire: the Development of Automatic Cannon, Heavy Machine Guns and their Ammunition for Armies, Navies and Air Forces'
'Flying Guns: Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations' in three volumes (co-authored with Emmanuel Gustin): World War 1 (1914-32); World War 2 (1933-45) and The Modern Era (since 1945).
'Assault Rifle: the Development of the Modern Military Rifle and its Ammunition' (co-authored with Maxim Popenker) which covers WW2 developments as well as those since.
Also, a novel of an alternative WW2 'The Foresight War'. This starts with the assumption that a British military historian from the present day wakes up one morning in 1934, with proof that he comes from the future. How might events happen differently? Especially if the same thing happened to a German historian...
Details of all books and how to get them are on my website, where I have also posted a lot of articles, many of them dealing with WW2 technology (especially guns and ammunition).
Tony Williams: Military gun and ammunition website and discussion
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No Margin for Error. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981. This is an account of the US Navy's attempt to make a non-stop, San Francisco to Honolulu flight in 1925. The project was undertaken in an effort to deflect and blunt Col. William "Billy" Mitchell's movement to establish a separate, cabinet level aviation department in the United States. The book is based entirely on primary sources that include US Navy records, contemporary newspaper articles, and the Rodgers Family Papers.
Pawns of War: The Loss of the USS Langley and the USS Pecos. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1983. The USS Langley [CV-1/AV-3] was sunk on 27 February 1942 and the USS Pecos was sunk on 1 March 1942. The book is based on primary sources that include US and Japanese Navy records and survivors' accounts.
In the Hands of Fate: The Story of Patrol Wing Ten, 8 December 1941-11 May 1942. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1985. This book details the operations and destruction of Patrol Wing Ten [PatWing-10], the only US Navy aviation unit to fight the Japanese during the early weeks of WWII. It is a companion to Pawns of War. The USS Langley [AV-3]was the flagship for PatWing-10. The book is based on US Navy Records and survivor accounts.
The Merchant U-Boat. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1988. This is an account of the U-Deutschland's construction, both US trips, her conversion to a war boat in 1917, operations, and final destruction. The book is based on primary sources that include US Navy records, and German Navy records found in RG242, "Records of the German Navy, 1850-1945," Microfilm Publication T-1022.
Escape. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1994. This is a book about Medal of Honor recipient, Lt. Edouard Isaacs, USN. Isaacs was aboard the USS President Lincoln when the U-90 torpedoed her on 1 May 1918. The U-90 took Isaacs back to Germany where he led the only mass escape of American POWs from the officers' camp in Villingen, Germany. The book is based entirely on primary sources, including the Isaacs family papers and German military records.
Escape from Villingen, 1918. Texas A&M University Press, 2000. This is Escape rewritten to emphasize the US aviation officers, particularly 1st Lt. George W. Puryear who was the first United States Army officer to successfully escape from the Germans and return to his unit. The book is based entirely on primary sources, including the Puryear family papers and German military records.
Find and Destroy: Antisubmarine Warfare in World War I. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2001. This is an account of the anti-submarine warfare techniques used by all the belligerents in WWI. The book is based entirely on primary sources and includes technical descriptions of all the weapons and systems discussed in the text.
Verschollen: World War I U-Boat Losses. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2002. This is a reference book that provides as much detail and information that is available about the war-losses of the German U-boats in WWI. The text is based on primary and secondary British and German sources. Professional and sport divers have since located the wrecks of some of the boats that are listed as verschollen [missing w/o known circumstances] in the text. I have a typed update for each of those discoveries that I am glad to share.
I contributed to these three anthologies:
Essays on War and Peace, Joachim Remak, editor, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987. My contribution to this military history anthology is titled, "The Kaiser's Yangtse Patrol." The article is based entirely on Geman primary sources.
Situation in Doubt, 1942, Wayman C. Mullins, editor, Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1994. My contribution to this military history anthology is titled, "Beginnig and End: Overview of the Asiatic Fleet." The article details the US Asiatic Fleet's state of preparedness on the threshold of WWII and its destruction. The article is based entirely on primary sources.
Silent Hunters: German U-boat Commanders in World War II, Theodore Savas, editor, Campbell, CA: Savas Publishing Co., 1997. My contribution to this military history anthology is titled, "Heinz-Wilhelm Eck: Siegerjustiz and the Peleus Affair." The book has been translated into German as Lautlose Jäger: Deutsche U-Boot Kommandanten Im Zweiten Weltkrieg, Ullstein TB, 2001. My article is an account of the postwar war crimes trial of Kapitänleutnant Heinz Eck [U-529] who was the only WWII U-boat commander to be tried, convicted, and executed for war crimes. The article is based entirely on primary sources, including the trial transcript. Eck's story was published as a novel in 1971 under the title of Operational Necessity by Tomas Bland.
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I've helped 2 former Heer Tiger and Kingtiger commanders have their memoirs published:
The Tiger Project: Book One: Alfred Rubbel
This book is the first in a proposed series that will delve into the inner workings of Germany’s most fearsome panzers of the Second World War, the Tiger and Tiger II. There are many current books that deal with various aspects of the Tiger series of tanks, but few include more than minimal biographical information of the men who crewed these battlefield behemoths. Based mainly on interviews, personal diaries, and recollections, the series will present the German Tiger and King Tiger crewmen as soldiers who had the opportunity to serve as a member of a crew and units that fielded a truly extraordinary and deadly weapon. The series will include all levels of soldiers from the Tiger-abteilung commanders, down to the drivers, loaders, gunners, and radio-operators. This first book is devoted solely to Alfred Rubbel, who served with the Panzertruppe on the Russian front from the opening of Operation Barbarossa through to the end of the war. When the new Tiger-abteilungs were raised, Rubbel was assigned to one as a newly commissioned officer. Throughout his years in the panzers he experienced both the elation of the opening successes of Barbarossa and the demoralizing withdrawal back over the borders of the Third Reich. Combining his military experiences with over 200 photographs, the majority of which are previously unpublished, creates a very readable account from an everyday soldier who also happened to have the privilege of serving in one of the most successful tanks ever produced.
The Tiger Project: Book Two: Horst Krönke
As with the first book, covering the experiences of Alfred Rubbel, this second book is strictly the story of one man: Horst Krönke. Shortly after his return home from a Russian prison camp in 1948, Horst compiled his impressive collection of wartime photographs into two massive photo-albums. His detailed captions throughout the photo-albums have allowed him to supplement his memories of the days he spent as a panzer soldier on the Eastern Front. Instead of carrying a pistol in his holster, he often carried a camera and was able to document his experiences in great detail during the years 1939-1945. After watching his older brother enter the Wehrmacht, Horst decided he also wanted to serve his country and enlisted as a volunteer for the panzerwaffe. His initial experience was in training with Panzer Ersatz Abteilung 5. From there he was assigned to Panzer Regiment 6 of the 3rd Panzer Division and experienced the opening of the war in Russia. Horst was in action on the Eastern Front through the end of 1942 at which time he was sent back to Germany to attend officer cadet and then officer’s schools. Upon his return to the front and Panzer Regiment 6 he was sidetracked by an old comrade and was incorporated into schwere Panzer Abteilung 503 instead. At that point Horst was introduced to the new Tiger tank and served with a Tiger unit, transferring to schwere Panzer Abteilung 505 to serve with his brother, until the end of the war. This story combines the experiences of Horst Krönke with approximately 400 photographs (the majority of which are unpublished), hand-drawn maps, and original documents, to tell the story of a veteran of Germany’s elite panzerwaffe and feared Tiger tanks.
Both are published by Schiffer -- Available cheaper than Schiffer though !!
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My main subject is WW I.
Published in Flanders/Holland in 1996 and in 1997 in Germany : Marinekorps Flandern, the story on this unit of the Kaiserliche Marine which occupied the Flemish coastal area. 280 pages about 300 photo's. Coastal batteries, naval air units, torpedoboats, destroyers, U-boats etc operating with this unit.
German Naval Air Service at the Western Front 1914-1918 : English photobook on these units and short history
U-Boot Flottille Flandern I and II : English photobook on the U-boat units operating from the Flanders harbours Zeebrugge, Oostende and Brugge
The German 38cm guns 'Long' Max in Flanders, in Dutch, the complete story of these guns and batteries in Flanders, the story on the evolution, other locations, the Wilhelm Geschutz.
Flugplatz Jabbeke, Flugplatz Stalhille - in Dutch, the story on all the aviation units operating from these airfields during and just after the war.
All sold out already, again available on CD-rom from march 1st, except Marinekorps Flandern.
For the moment working on :
German Naval Air Service at the Western Front, Part II, to be published April-May 2005
From BAO to Kagohl – Bogohl and RFA - The story of the German bomberunits in World War I and especially of the Englandgeschwader Kagohl/Bogohl III but this will still take a year or two to get finished.
BRUGGE & ZEEBRUGGE 1914 - 1918 - a photobook on the city and it's harbour during WW I, to be published end of this year.
Flugplatz Gistel 1914-1918 - book in Dutch on this WW I airfield, to be published 2006
Also finishing a book on the remains of WW I in West-Flanders (bunkers, trenches, original landscapes,...) and one on the WW I military cemetaries in West-Flanders focusing on the aviation victims.
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- Schulz, Andreas; Wegmann, Günter; (Zinke, Dieter): Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei. Band 1, Biblio Verlag, Bissendorf 2003
- Schulz, Andreas; Wegmann, Günter; Zinke, Dieter: Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei. Band 2, Biblio Verlag, Bissendorf 2005 (will publish in March)
- Lilla, Joachim; Döring, Martin; Schulz, Andreas: Statisten in Uniform – Die Mitglieder des Reichstages 1933 - 1945. Ein biographisches Handbuch unter Einbeziehung der völkischen und nationalsozialistischen Reichstagsabgeordneten vor 1933. Veröffentlichung der Kommission für Geschichte des Parlamentarismus und der politischen Parteien. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf 2004
The SS-Brigadeführer, 1933 - 1945, a book on CD-Rom by myself and Michael Miller, 2004
other books under the ps. "AnDie Z.":
- Was soll´s, 1994 (poems & short stories)
- Der Tänzer, 1997 (poems)
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Marc Rikmenspoel wrote:My latest book, titled Waffen-SS Encyclopedia is now available from Aegis/Aberjona and various online and storefront retailers. It is a slightly revised version of Waffen-SS : The Encyclopedia published in 2002 by The Military Bookclub, and previously only available new through them.
Excellent encyclopedia Marc. Got a copy from a mutual friend. Well done. !
p.s. Although not a member (as far as I know) of the forum, another excellent book is: "Black Edelweiss" , by Johann Voss.
Mine, "Chameleon", is finally finished and at the publisher (Aberjona) to be looked at.