Kurt Lischka - SS officer served in France

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Kurt Lischka - SS officer served in France

Post by sylvieK4 » 17 Feb 2003 15:07

Does anyone have photos and/or biographical and service information about the SS officer, Kurt Lischka. He worked in France, possibly affiliated with RSHA IV B 4 ; arrests and deportation of Jews from France.
Thank you.

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Post by Requin Marteau » 17 Feb 2003 15:43


Born on 16 August 1909,
NSDAP Nr 4583185,
SS Nr 195590
SS Ostubaf (20 April 1942).


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SS-Ostubaf. Kurt Lischka

Post by Michael Miller » 17 Feb 2003 18:08

Kurt Lischka

Born: 16. August 1909 in Breslau / Schlesien.

NSDAP-Nr.: 4 583 185
SS-Nr.: 195 590

SS-Obersturmbannführer: 20. April 1942

Studied law and political science at Universities of Breslau and Berlin, then employed in various district courts as well as the Provincial Court of Appeals in Breslau.

Joined SS: 1. June 1933.

Joined Gestapo: 1. September 1935 -.

Chef Referat IVB (Juden) / Gestapo: 1938 -.

Head of Reichszentrale for Jewish Emigration in Berlin: End of 1938 -.

Chef Gestapo Leitstelle in Köln: January 1940 -.

Deputy to the Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienstes (BdS) Frankreich (Helmuth Knochen): November 1940 -.

Kommandeur der Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienstes (KdS) Paris: 15. January 1943 -.

Head of the RSHA Referat in Böhmen und Mähren: (1945)

Postwar Prosecution:
In hiding in Schleswig-Holstein until his arrest on 10. December 1945. In Britis then French internment. Turned over to the Czechs, 2. May 1947. Released and repatriated to West Germany, 22. August 1950. A French court sentenced him in absentia to life imprisonment at hard labor on 18. September 1950, but Lischka lived unmolested in West Germany, finding employment as a business executive (Prokurist) with the firm Krücken in Köln and eventually as a judge. Finally brought to trial in Köln in the late-1970’s, due to the efforts of Serge Klarsfeld (a French lawyer and Holocaust survivor). Tried along with two other SD officials who’d served in France (Ernst Heinrichsohn and Herbert-Martin Hagen). Lischka was found guilty on 2. February 1980 and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

Decorations & Awards:
Ehrendegen des RF SS
Totenkopfring der SS

* Son of a bank official.
*Played a leading role in the deportation of 80,000 Jews and others in France.

Source for most of above is Robert Wistrich, "Who's Who in Nazi Germany" (1982)

Here is a UPI item on Lischka's trial which appeared in the "Jerusalem Post":

Long sentences meted out to 3 Nazis for war crimes

Jerusalem Post
Febuary 12, 1980
COLOGNE, West Germany. — French Jews applauded yesterday as a Cologne court sentenced three former Nazis to long jail terms for deporting 73,000 French Jews to the Auschwitz death camp.
A 12-year term went to Herbert-Martin Hagen, 66, who had been personal assistant to the SS police chief in France and head of a department in the Paris Gestapo.
Kurt Lischka, 70, one-time Gestapo chief in Paris, and Ernst Heinrichsohn, 59, who worked in the Gestapo's Jewish affairs department in Paris, were jailed for 10 and six years respectively.
After passing sentence, Judge Heinz Fassbender said in a two-hour statement all three must have realized that death faced many of the 73,000 men, women and children whose deportation the accused had helped to organize.
The prosecution had demanded sentences of It years each for Lischka and Hagen and five years for Heinrichsohn.
Passbender said the court gave Lischka a milder sentence because he was not In charge of Jewish deportation and markedly anti-Semitic. But the judge attacked Hagcn as an "anti-Jewish racist" who In the language of the Third Reich "always supported a radical solution of the Jewish problem."
Serge Klarsfeld, the French Jewish lawyer whose long years of research helped bring the trial about, afterwards pronounced himself "satisfied" with the sentences; although Helnrtchsohn's was too mild In his view.
Klarsfeld's wife Beate, whose spectacular attempt to kidnap Lischka In 1971 brought publicity to the case, smiled and embraced French Jews who travelled to Cologne to hear the verdict.
As a man who spread Nazi propaganda, Fassbender said, Hagen was at least partly responsible for the indoctrination and deeds in 1942 of the then 22-year-old Heinrichsohn.
Despite his youth and Junior post, Fassbender said, Heinrichsohn certainly knew of the misery of Jews in Drancy and other French camps he emptied to fill the trains rumbling to Auschwitz.
"You saw children starving, badly clothed and forcibly separated from their parents. Even a 22-year-old man can see that."
Heinrichsohn's attempts throughout the three-and-a-half month trial to gloss over this with "half-truths and untruths" were one reason for the increase in his sentence.
Heinrichsohn, who immediately resigned his post as mayor of the Bavarian town of Buergstadt, turned away and buried his face in his hands as the judge addressed him.
The three former Nazis were earlier tried and sentenced in absentia by French courts, who handed Lischka a death sentence in 1951.
Although they later surfaced at home, the three were not extradited to serve the sentences, as West Germany does not extradite its citizens.
After a change in the law to allow retrial of cases handled abroad, they were brought to court in Cologne last summer.
Lischka, Hagen and Heinrichsohn walked out of the court after the verdict, pending possible appeal.
French Jews, many wearing yellow, wartime-style badges saying "Jew from France," said they thought their involvement in the trial had helped speed up the proceedings, which began in October.
In contrast, another war crimes trial concerned with Nazi killings at Maidanek death camp in eastern Poland is still going on in nearby Duesseldorf after more than four years.
The trial, which is likely to be one of the last major war crimes hearings in West Germany, had been punctuated by Jewish protests, which erupted into violence at the opening session in October.
The only demonstrations outside the court yesterday were by young German Socialists and a handful of Germans who survived Nazi
persecution. (UPI, Reuter)

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Post by sylvieK4 » 18 Feb 2003 00:57

Thank you, Thierry and Michael. I remember reading something about that kidnapping attempt a long time ago. It is interesting to finally have a bit more information on Lischka. Thanks again. :)

P. S Does anyone have any photos of this SS man?

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Post by WTW26 » 18 Feb 2003 09:55

Well...if you could call THIS a photo...
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Post by Mikedc » 28 Dec 2007 12:36

Kurt Lischka died in 1987 in an old people's home in Brühl, don't know the day or month....


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Post by Max Williams » 28 Dec 2007 15:11

Kurt Lischka.
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Post by Mikedc » 28 Dec 2007 18:02

Kurt Liscka was part of the 'Sonderkommission' from H. Müller that started hunting down the men who took part in the assassination on A. Hitler on 20-7-1944, this 'Sonderkommission' was raised in the night from the 20th on the 21st of July 1944.
Also afterwards he was still involved regarding the hunt for anti-nazis within Germany.

After 1950 he became a judge in West-Germany and he joined the Bundesamt für Verfassungschutz(BfV).


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