Bernhard Grafhorst

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Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by Shane A Beaver » 08 Feb 2007 12:34

Can anybody fill in a few gaps on the career of Bernhard Grafhorst, please. I have his date of birth, SS number, NSDAP number, graduate of "Tölz", Ustuf 9/11/38 and assigned to SS-TS 3 "Thüringen" in Dec 1938. I also know that he commanded the estnisches SS-Frw.Pz.Gren.Batn. "Narwa" from at least July/Aug 1943 (did he succeed Koop or Eberhardt?) to his death on Sept 2, 1943. I need to know what he was doing between December 1938 and the summer of 1943. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by Mikedc » 08 Feb 2007 13:06

Hello Shane,

I only can add the following:
In 1941/1942 he was Waffen-SS-commander within the Einsatzgruppenstab from Einsatzgruppe C.

And according to the info I gathered he succeeded Koop as CO from Estnisches SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon ‘Narwa’.


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Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by Shane A Beaver » 08 Feb 2007 15:03

Thanks Mike. Very interesting! Let's see if anyone else can confirm or add to this.

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Post by Mikedc » 08 Feb 2007 15:29

Hello Shane,

Nothing to thank me for, if I can help I just do it.
According to the following site Grafhorst succeeded Eberhardt as CO from 'Narwa' Bataillon: http://www.frontkjemper.info/show_bn.php?BataljonsID=21

And when you look at the following link you'll see they tell us he was Führer Waffen-SS within the Einsatzgruppenstab from Einsatzgruppe C:
http://balsi.de/Weltkrieg/Einheiten/Son ... gruppe.htm


This is all I could find on the internet. On this forum I also find his SS-number, could you provide me with his party-number please????. On the VDK-website I did find his DoB and his place of birth.


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Post by panzerschreck » 08 Feb 2007 16:26

Mikedc wrote:According to the following site Grafhorst succeeded Eberhardt as CO from 'Narwa' Bataillon: http://www.frontkjemper.info/show_bn.php?BataljonsID=21



Greetings,
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It only says that Grafhorst assumed command of the battalion in 1943, not that he succeeded Eberhardt, so please use with caution.

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Post by steve248 » 08 Feb 2007 17:18

SS-Ostuf, Bernhard Grafhorst was Kompanieführer, Batl. der Waffen-SS z.b.V. attached to Einsatzgruppe C between June and end October 1941. Grafhorst commanded many of the firing squads. At the end Oct 1941 this Waffen-SS Kompanie with Grafhorst were apparently "herausgelöst und zum Fronteineinsatz der SS-Division 'Wiking' unterstellt."

When the West German police went looking for him in the 1960s they could not find him - under-resourced to go digging in archives...

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Post by Shane A Beaver » 09 Feb 2007 14:57

Marvellous response everyone! By the way, Grafhorst's NSDAP number was 2,472,705

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Post by Mikedc » 09 Feb 2007 18:07

Hello Shane,

Thanks for giving his party-number.

The info Steve248 has written down sounds mighty interesting as well, at least it also confirms the fact that he was with Einsatzgruppe C in 1941.



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Re: Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by lerak68 » 17 Jul 2013 18:33

It is 6 years since the last post on this thread. Nonetheless.
It appears Oberstrurmführer Bernhard Grafhorst refused to partake in the massacre at Baby Yar. As a result he and his company were detached from Sondernkommando 4a (Einsatzgruppe C) and sent to the 5th Panzerdivision SS Wiking to fight at the eastern front where he was eventually killed.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernhard_Grafhorst

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Re: Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by PATRICK CHARRON » 17 Jul 2013 21:24

Hello,

His assignment was already given in this previous topic


http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=1110277

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Re: Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by Moniroth You-Bell » 18 Jul 2013 01:42

His command within the Sondernkommando 4a (Einsatzgruppe C) was Ostuf. Chef, 2./Btl.d.WSS.zbV 10.41

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Re: Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by PATRICK CHARRON » 18 Jul 2013 11:35

Hello,

On this thread another source give him as Chef 3./Btl.d.W-SS z.b.V.
Article in german of our very prominent member RolanP

[urlhttp://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/thread.php?threadid=2237][/url]

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Re: Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by PATRICK CHARRON » 23 Aug 2013 12:41

Hello,
Checking the source David Kittermann in the german review study, I expected to find the name of Grafhorst and in fact this is Helmut Schreiber who is cited by Dern during an interrogation after the war.
Helmut Schreiber was Chef , 2./Btl.d.WSS.zbV

Source : David Kittermann, Those, who said no“ – Germans who refused to execute civilians in World War II in German study review 11 (1988)

Could a member clarify Grafhorst’s refusal to participate in the massacre of Babi Yar or have the text of the source given in Wikipedia below. ?
13. Andreas Schulz, Günter Wegmann, Dieter Zinke: Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei, Die militärischen Werdegänge der Generale, sowie der Ärzte, Veterinäre, Intendanten, Richter und Ministerialbeamten im Generalsrang, Band 2 (Hachtel-Kutschera), 2005, Biblio-Verlag, Bissendorf, ISBN 3-7648-2592-8, S. 349, Fussnote 16 (in Porträt Friedrich August Jeckeln, S. 343-357)

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Re: Bernhard Grafhorst

Post by Charles Trang » 26 Jun 2014 17:42

Well, the 3.Kp./Btl.d.WSS z.b.V. was attached to the SS-Division "Wiking" in October 1941. But what was Grafthorst's posting(s) in 1942 and 1943 before he took the lead of SS-Pz.Gren.Btl. "Narwa" ?

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