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Bio on Paul Werner Hoppe

Post by Jeremy Dixon » 28 Dec 2004 23:00

Has anyone got a bio on Paul Werner Hoppe

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Post by Max Williams » 28 Dec 2004 23:08

See "Soldiers of Evil" by Tom Segev.
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Post by Jeremy Dixon » 28 Dec 2004 23:09

Thanks Max. I have a copy somewhere.

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Post by TH Albright » 29 Dec 2004 13:56

Hi TR.here is a brief personnel sketch from his records at NARA II:

Born: Berlin 28. 2.10 SS# 116,695
Graduate SS-Junchershule Braunschweig 1935
SS-TV Elbe 1936 - Platoon Kd.
SS-TV Oberbayern 1936-38
KZ Inspectorate 1938-39 (adjutant to Theodor Eicke)
SS-Totenkopfdivision - divisional IIa 1939-41
SS-Totenkopfdivision Chef,4./T.I.R.3 1941-42 (wounded in action)
SS-TK Inf. Ersatz Btl 3 1942
transfered to SS-WVHA 1942
Guard Btl. Kd KL Auschwitz 1942 (prior to Hartjenstein (?))
Kommandant KL Stutthof 1942-45
Awarded EKII and EKI

personal..married to KL Sachsenhausen Hermann Baranowski's daughter

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Post by Jeremy Dixon » 29 Dec 2004 17:47

Thanks for that.

Interested to see that according to your sources he was at Auschwitz. Ive just completed a book on the officers at Auschwitz and have used documents from Auschwitz and Berlin and found absolutely no trace of Hoppe ever severing there - so thats interesting.

Anyway thatnks agin - something to look at.

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Post by TH Albright » 29 Dec 2004 18:09

That is interesting...possibly he was assigned to that billet but something "bureaucratic" happened and he never actually served in that capacity. i.e., a "paper" assignment never corrected on the books..I have run through a few of these in my research. Thats why I mentioned Fritz Hartjenstein because it is well documented that he did command the KL Auschwitz guard battalion in 1942-43. He and Hoppe also came back from the SS-Totenkopfdivision to the SS-WVHA about the same timeframe.

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Post by Jeremy Dixon » 29 Dec 2004 18:11

Thats a good point, I found one or two others (can't remember names) who seemed to have been assigned only on paper! Thanks - interesting.

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Post by Mikedc » 10 Jan 2007 19:35

Maybe also interesting to add, don't know if it's mentioned in his bio, is that he was Lagerführer from the Neuengamme Aussenlager Wöbbelin from 12-2-1945 till 2-5-1945.

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Post by jeweste » 10 Jan 2007 20:50

For Hoppe see also:
Orth, Karin: Die Konzentrationslager-SS. Sozialstrukturelle Analysen und biographische Studien. München 2004.
Orth used next to the personal files also the documents of the trials against Hoppe, ie Nordrhein-Westfählisches Staatsarchiv Münster.
Orth wrote, that Glücks wanted Hoppe to be Führer of Wachmannschaften Auschwitz in summer 1942, but then Friedrich Hartjenstein took over that position. Hoppe had better connection and got the position as Kommander KZ Stutthof, connected with the promotion to Sturmbannführer. Orth, p. 215. She gives no indication for an deployment of Hoppe at Auschwitz.
Hoppe had many paralells to Joachim Peiper: born at Berlin, he also visited Realgymnasium, had been with Reichskuratorium für Jugendertüchtigung; he was together with Peiper at Führeranwärterlehrgang at Jüterborg in 1934 and later at Führerschule Braunschweig (like Hassebroek, an other KZ Commander from this course). He must have also known Peipers brother Horst from Heimwehr Danzig.

Hoppe was responsible for the murder of at least 65,000 people, up to 85,000. Orth, p. 211. An other "nice" member of the Waffen-SS and "soldier like any other".
I remommend Orth´s book specially for the analyse of the Waffen-SS link between "Innere Front" - concentration camps and the "Äussere Fornt"- frontline. Also for her look into the carrers of SS members after the war.

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Post by TH Albright » 11 Jan 2007 01:52

Good info, Jens, to clear up Hoppe's KL assignments'...both Hoppe, Hassebroeck and Richard Baer were considered "clean' officers with frontline cred (EKII and I) and pre-war experience in the SS-Totenkopfverbande that would help restore credibility to the KL system after the scandals of 1942 in which guys like Rodl, Kunstler, Koch et, al. were brought up on various charges of corruption, unauthorized murder and drunkenness. These guys were adherents of the "standing" orders of the camps and were expected to improve productivity of the slave labor as the camps became more utilitarian to wartime industry.

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Post by Shane A Beaver » 14 Aug 2007 16:32

A question for Mikedc. Where do you get your information from regarding Paul-Werner Hoppe as "Lagerführer" at the Neuengamme satellite, Wöbbelin, and for the dates mentioned? If he was at this camp, then surely he would have been Lagerkommandant?

Furthermore, I have some sources claiming Hoppe was Lagerkommandant at Stutthof until April 25, 1945, but I cannot verify this.

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Post by Mikedc » 14 Aug 2007 17:38

Hello Shane,

Found it somewhere on the internet, can't find it anymore now.
But you're correct, in another document that deals about Hoppe and Wöbbelin, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/KZ_W%C3%B6bbelin , they clearly say he was the Lagerkommandant and not the Lagerführer.


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