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Wow that was new information for me Yuri. Thanks!Yuri wrote: ↑21 Sep 2019 14:35Yes, Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch he was Chef of the Organisationsabteilung of the Kommandoamt der Waffen-SS in Hungary. Commander SS-IX Corps he was appointed when it began the battle for Budapest.Peter89 wrote: ↑21 Sep 2019 10:39I think you refer to Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch, but he was wounded and captured during the breakout attempt from Budapest.
My grandpa was conscripted into the 37th SS Cavarly Division, but I think its initial commander Waldemar Fegelein (a former commander in the 8th SS Cavarly Division) had little impact on what was going on. The main perpetrators were the Organisationsabteilung of the Kommandoamt der Waffen-SS, and the hungarist / nazi Szálasi regime.
I can understand Russian, so if you have a Russian source, that's fine for me.
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ObrstLt Lindenau Gustav - SS-IX Chief of staff.
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I havent seen this thread for a while, and answer your question yes many Times almost every time that included how they saw their best friend died or similiar. Or in some cases was treated after the war.
One case I remember Very well was H. Herold (1./SS-AA2) told me in some battles in Russia and when they during a attack His childhood friend who enlisted together with him came running beside him, as they approached the enemy His friend was in front of him and got decapitated by shrapnel or similiar.
The old veteran even 60 years after the war got Tears in His eyes talking about that, as well did I . I feelt Very sorry for him.
I also got Very emotionall when Walter Gerth (Rk Holder) talked about the war graves in Demjansk and especially how they today got digged Up for souvenirs , since then I have it Very difficult to see "battle finds" in My opinion Grave looters.
I miss many of them as I talked/ wrote a lot and considered Them as My Friends.
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The various Eastern European nationalist units and formations of the W-SS were not interested in Nazi ideology, just in asserting their national identity against the Soviet Union. From 1943 the only avenue for this was through the Waffen-SS. Even then, most Latvians and Estonians had to be conscripted, because Germany was already clearly losing the war.
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All men who fought in Stalingrad and in Africa are 94 and older today. And only 6000 men who fought in Stalingrad and were captured survived soviet prisoners camps. So there must be only a handful living Stalingrad veterans and some more from Africa.