Korpsführer Erwin Kraus

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Korpsführer Erwin Kraus

Post by Mark Costa » 24 Aug 2002 16:05

Included here for your viewing is a very rare unpublished photo from the National Archives of Korpsführer NSKK and Reichsleiter Erwin Kraus. Kraus is another of those very obscure men who held high rank in the Party. Kraus was an NSKK Obergruppenführer and head of the Techincal branch of the NSKK. He was promoted to succeed Adolf Huhnlein as Korpsführer, upon Hühnlein's death in June of 1942. He survived war and was imprisoned with the other top leaders for a short time -- after that, his whereabouts or his death is unknown.

If anyone has any further photos of Kraus or knows of his activities after the war or when he died, please advise. It would be much appreciated. To see a couple of other photos of Kraus check out Angolia's book on the NSKK/NSFK.

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Post by Zachary » 24 Aug 2002 16:07

Nice picture
What was the NSKK?
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Post by Marcus » 24 Aug 2002 16:26

Mark,

Thanks for sharing that photo.

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Post by Marcus » 24 Aug 2002 16:27

Zachary wrote:What was the NSKK?


From this very site:

The history of the Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK) began 1 Apr 1930 when the Nationalsozialistischen Automobil Korps (NSAK) was founded on the order of Martin Bormann. It was founded to organize all NSDAP-members who owned a car or motorcycle in a single nation-wide unit. The SturmAbteilung (SA) had organized these since 1928 in Kraftfahrstaffeln but these were poorly organized.
When the NSAK was formed the Kraftfahrstaffeln was not transferred to the NSAK but was reorganized as the Motor-SA. The members of Motor-SA was however automatically members of the NSAK, but not reverse. All commanders of NSAK were SA-officers but most of the regular members were not.
SA-Gruppenführer Adolf Hühnlein was made commander of the NSAK and suggested renaming it to the NSKK and this was accepted by SA-leader Ernst Röhm who was in the process of reorganizing the SA.
When Adolf Hitler became chancellor in 1933 the NSKK expanded rapidly to 30.000 members. After Röhm and the SA-leadership was murdered during the Night of long knives (30 June 1934) the Motor-SA became a part of the NSKK and it was made an independent organization.
The NSKK took over all german motorclubs Sep 1933 and expanded to 350.000 members.
After Austria was made a part of Germany Mar 1938 the NSKK expanded to over 500.000 members.
In 27 Jan 1939 the NSKK was made responsible for the training of drivers for the army in the NSKK Motor Sports Schools. When the war broke out the NSKK provided trasports for the construction of the Siegfried Line (the defenses along the western border), assisted in traffic condrol, resettlement of volksdeutsche from Soviet-controlled areas (in cooperation with the SchutzStaffel (SS) in the NSKK Kommando Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle), pre- and postmilitary training, assisting the armed forces with trasport etc.
When Adolf Hühnlein died in June 1942 the was replaced by NSKK-Obergruppenführer Erwin Kraus.

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Post by Zachary » 24 Aug 2002 16:37

Thanks Marcus

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Re: Korpsführer Erwin Kraus

Post by Alex Dekker » 13 Mar 2009 11:11

Kraus died in München, in 1966. He was fined after the war for 10.000 DM and in jail for three years.
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Re: Korpsführer Erwin Kraus

Post by Alex Dekker » 17 Jul 2011 18:24

Kraus also was inspector of the Volkssturm motorized forces. Does anyone know if he had any kids?

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Re: Korpsführer Erwin Kraus

Post by Max Williams » 19 Jul 2011 15:39

Hermann Höfle saw himself as Hühnlein's natural successor and he was bitterly disappointed not to succeed Hühnlein on the latter's death. I believe Kraus was selected more as a compromise between the various power bases who had their own champions. Höfle's disappointment led him to transfer to the SS, a decision which would later cost him his life.
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Re: Korpsführer Erwin Kraus

Post by Helly Angel » 20 Jul 2011 06:03

GREAT Info Marcus, Max, Alex and others!!!

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