Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by steve248 » 30 Nov 2019 16:36

Paul Ilte - born 19 June 1907, no location
Fritz Müller - born 8 Sept 1911, Frankfurt/Main

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by ansata1976 » 30 Nov 2019 20:53

What is the correct date and place of birth of

SS-Sturmscharführer Josef Eckert (1901)
SS-Scharführer Josef (Sepp) Hahn (1914)
SS-Oberscharführer Thomas Pfeffer (1921)
SS-Unterscharführer Franz Wiegele (1913)

What is the correct place of death of

SS-Unterscharführer Paul von Wolff (02.07.1900) death sentence (executed 04.05.1947 in Belgrade)
SS-Sturmscharführer Wilhelm Friedrich (12.08.1898) death sentence (executed 04.05.1947 in Belgrade)

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by steve248 » 01 Dec 2019 12:41

Eckert - born 18 March 1901, no location; later Uniformtraeger SS-Ustuf
Hahn - born 21 Oct 1914, no location
Wiegele - born Graz

No other additional data on the others

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by George_W » 01 Dec 2019 12:54

In addition:

Josef Eckert was extradited by the US authorities to Yugoslavia on 11.02.1946.

George

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by Pumabrc » 18 Mar 2020 03:48

I am interested to know what happened to my grandfather,( Max žager / Max Schager.)
died by Partizan April / May 1945 in celje.
my grandfather was (Volksdeutsche).
possibly from the Gestapo in celje.
His wife (my grandmother Pavla žager) was expelled along with my father and my uncle at the time under 6 and 9 years old.
They spent 3 years in the Trofaiach camp in Austria from January 1945 to October 1948.
I would like to know what happened to my grandfather.
I know he was in the Celje hospital and from there they took him to a prison, where after a few days they took him to kill him.

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by Puck » 18 Mar 2020 10:28

just a clue:

Walter Hering may be the same as Walter Hering born 14.07.1909 in Bützow (Polizeiinspektor, SS-OstuF)
1941-1943 at KdS Radom, then at Stapo Köln

ansata1976 wrote:
10 Nov 2017 05:52
Heinrich Hormann (15.06.1911 in Hamburg)
Gestapochef in Belgrade
death sentence (executed 24.01.1947 in Belgrade)
may be the same as
Heinrich Anton Hörmann SD-Einsatzgruppe Luxemburg (1944/1945)
so probably extradicted
ansata1976 wrote:
10 Nov 2017 05:52
Paul Fahnenschreiber (1903)
Commander 7th Battalion Auxiliary Police in Velikom Gradištu + Sjenici
death sentence (executed 24.01.1947 in Belgrade)
born 09.03.1903 in Düren
Major der Schutzpolizei, SS #293303, 20.04.1943 SS-Sturmbannführer
from 05.1943 at BdO Belgrad, before in Poznan (1939-1940) and Krakow (1940-1941), unknown (1941-1943)

Regards Puck

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by steve248 » 18 Mar 2020 11:54

in Sept 1943, SS-Ostuf PI Walter Hering with Gestapo Belgrade, Abt I that “dealt with the requisition and disposal of the property of Jews. He admits that gold, money and other precious articles were ‘kept back for official purposes’. to the paying off of spies, etc. All that activity remounts (sic) to meer (sic) looting.”
2 May 1946, after being interviewed by the Yugoslav War Crimes Commission at 1 CIC Neumunster/British Zonr his extradition was requested
Note: in British terms CIC = Civilian Internment Camp

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by RichD-M » 23 Mar 2020 22:10

steve248 wrote:
18 Mar 2020 11:54
in Sept 1943, SS-Ostuf PI Walter Hering with Gestapo Belgrade, Abt I that “dealt with the requisition and disposal of the property of Jews. He admits that gold, money and other precious articles were ‘kept back for official purposes’. to the paying off of spies, etc. All that activity remounts (sic) to meer (sic) looting.”
2 May 1946, after being interviewed by the Yugoslav War Crimes Commission at 1 CIC Neumunster/British Zonr his extradition was requested
Note: in British terms CIC = Civilian Internment Camp
Steve,

Do you know how the Yugoslav extradition requests were filed; for example who were the requests sent to? Does the paperwork still exist?

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by RichD-M » 23 Mar 2020 22:13

ansata1976 wrote:
02 Oct 2019 17:31
I am interested in more information about the trial and the defendants(missing names, sentences, date + place of birth...)

Trial 29.05.1947 - 06.06.1947 in Zrenjanin (13 defendants – 7 death sentence)
1.) Jürgen Adolph Otto Paul Wagner (09.09.1901 in Straßburg) Generalmajor (death sentence - executed 27.06.1947)
2.) Franz Reith (?) Polizeipräfekt des Banates (death sentence – executed 06.07.1947)
3.) Paul Rusivald (1914 in Elemir), prefect of police in Zrenjanin (death sentence – executed 06.07.1947)
4.) Eugen Kusing (?) Landrat in Kikinda + Pantschowa (death sentence – executed 06.07.1947)
5.) Josef Herold (1911 in Zrenjanin), police officer in Zrenjanin (death sentence – executed 06.07.1947)
6.) Josip Mežnar (1901 in Zrenjanin), prefect of police in Zrenjanin (death sentence – executed 06.07.1947)
7.) Bosko Dekanski(?) Landrat in Alibunar (prison sentence)
8.) Bura Rebic (?) Landrat in Kovačica (prison sentence)

Other names of defendants are unknown to me
Hi Ansata,

I am currently working on Jürgen Wagner's biography, with an emphasis on his war crimes trial. I hope it will be published some time in the near future.

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by steve248 » 24 Mar 2020 09:02

Extradition to Yugoslavia.
As regards prisoners held in the British Zone in Civilian Internment Camps two things happened.
First, prisoners were checked against the CROWCASS Lists to show if any country had listed them as "Wanted". When such prisoners were so listed that country was advised through the the various war crimes commissions and extradition "offered".
Secondly, the various war crimes commissions (Poland is a good example) were allowed to trawl through the CI Camp records and interview prisoners. They were supposed to copy said interviews to the CI Camp intelligence officer but I have only ever found 3 or 4 among the thousands probably interviewed.
Once someone was of interest to the Yugoslav War Crimes Commission they had to make an extradition request with the accusations against them. It was not good enough for them to say hand them over as the Russians found.
Looks like at least a dozen files in UK NA, WO 309 series, involving Yugoslav extradition requests; one file on Ewald von Kleist.
There are more in the Foreign Office files, especially those for "Yugoslav quislings".

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by Larry D. » 24 Mar 2020 13:32

Steve -

I dabbled in this topic 25 to 35 years ago while doing fee-for-service investigative research on the Andrija Artukovic, Ivan Demjanjuk and Kurt Waldheim cases, and found boxes and boxes of correspondence circa 1945-50 between the U.N. War Crimes Commission and the individual country war crimes commissions regarding the extradition of individuals from the authority of the country holding the person to the authority of another country. The boxes were in several different record groups at the Federal Records Center/NARA, Suitland, Maryland. Copies of this World War II war crimes correspondence, files, etc., can also be found in the U.N. Library in New York. So, it seems that the U.N.W.C.C. played an important role in this subject.

L.

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by RichD-M » 15 Apr 2020 15:08

steve248 wrote:
24 Mar 2020 09:02
Extradition to Yugoslavia.
As regards prisoners held in the British Zone in Civilian Internment Camps two things happened.
First, prisoners were checked against the CROWCASS Lists to show if any country had listed them as "Wanted". When such prisoners were so listed that country was advised through the the various war crimes commissions and extradition "offered".
Secondly, the various war crimes commissions (Poland is a good example) were allowed to trawl through the CI Camp records and interview prisoners. They were supposed to copy said interviews to the CI Camp intelligence officer but I have only ever found 3 or 4 among the thousands probably interviewed.
Once someone was of interest to the Yugoslav War Crimes Commission they had to make an extradition request with the accusations against them. It was not good enough for them to say hand them over as the Russians found.
Looks like at least a dozen files in UK NA, WO 309 series, involving Yugoslav extradition requests; one file on Ewald von Kleist.
There are more in the Foreign Office files, especially those for "Yugoslav quislings".
Hi Steve, Jürgen Wagner was visited in the Paderborn POW camp by two Yugoslavian officers, and there interrogated; presumably there should be some record of his extradition request in the NA filea, as with von Kleist?

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by steve248 » 15 Apr 2020 16:39

If only archives were open....in the current situation.

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by Puck » 04 May 2020 22:12

ansata1976 wrote:
12 Aug 2010 19:07
I need more information about:

..

Colonel Friedrich Epke: Ex-commandant of Osnabrück camp. Tried and sentenced to death by a Yugoslav court at Belgrade on 5.11.46

I know only that Epke was sentenced together with:
..
7.Mundt (death by shooting)
..
Willi Mundt, Lagerführer Arbeitslager Benefeld (Firma Eibia)
06.1945 indicted by british in Verden/Aller (murder of a croation forced labourer, WO 309/510),
trial not finished because Mundt was before extradicted to Jugoslavia

Regards Puck

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Re: Yugoslav War Crimes Trials of German Officials

Post by steve248 » 05 May 2020 08:58

Puck, the WO 309 series of files are only investigation files of (British) War Crimes Group/North West Europe. They are not trial files. WCG/NWE did establish cases for trial and these recommendations would have been placed in the hands of the military prosecutor. It was the military prosecutor who then raised an indictment for trial, in which case, the trial papers would be in WO 235 series. Mundt may have been recommended for trial but, as you say, nothing happened because Mundt was extradited to Yugo.

I see the file title (WO 309/510) says the crime investigated took place at Lovershen near Bomlitz. I take it Benefeld-Bomlitz are the same general area where the later denazification trials took place.

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