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Generalmajor Otto-Ernst Remer

Post by Amanda » 09 Dec 2003 18:55

Hey, I was wondering if Anyone knew any Additional information about Otto-Ernst Remer. I have seen a few photos of him at the rank "Major" When he recieved the knights cross, and when he was at the rank of Generalmajor. I am looking for more information and photos aof this man. Its a personal interest. Thank you
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REMER, Otto-Ernst (RK m. EL; DKiG)
(1912 - 1997)
Generalmajor:Born: 18. Aug. 1912 in Neubrandenburg / Kreis Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Died: 4. Oct. 1997 in Marbella, Spain.
Promotions:
Gen.Maj.: 31.01.1945; Oberst: 1.07.1944 (promoted past rank of Oberstleutnant); Major: 1.01.1943; Hauptmann: 1.04.1941; Oberleutnant: ; Leutnant: 1.04.1935; Fahnenjunker: 1.04.1933.
Assignments:
Kdr Führer-Begleit-Division: 31.01.1945 -
Kdr. Führer-Begleit-Brigade: 1.08.1944 -
Wach-Regiment "Großdeutschland", Berlin: 1.05.1944 -
Kdr. IV./Pz.Gren.Div. "Großdeutschland": 1.04.1942 - 30.11.1942.
Kdr. I/Schützen-Rgt. 10: 1.02.1942 -
Kdr. I.G.Kp. mot 701: 1.03.1940 -
Chef 13./Inf.Rgt. 479: 1.09.1939 -
Chef 15./Inf.Rgt. 89: 3.01.1939 -
Assigned as Leutnant to Inf.Rgt. 4: 1.04.1935 -
Obtained his Abitur: 1933
Postwar Confinement, Prosecution, and Activities:
In Allied internment, 1945 - 1947. Employed as bricklayer until 1949. Co-founder and second chairman of 'Sozialistischen Reichspartei', 1949. Tried for "insulting" the German government; exiled and moved to Syria and Egypt. Returned to the Bundesrepublik in 1954. Again sentenced for "insult" to the German government and imprisoned. Again exiled, 1962. Returned, 1963 and arrested. Upon release, traveled to Middle East and employed as a merchant. Published Verschörung und Verrat am Hitler (Oath and Betrayal to Hitler). First president of "Die Deutsche Freiheitsbewegung e.V." (DDF) from its foundation in 1983.
Tried by Amtsgericht Bad Kissingen, 7. Sep. 1991 for "Volksverhetzung" and "Rassenhass" (Racial Hatred), due to an article he'd written which appeared in the DDF newsletter; in this article he stated that the gas chambers were a "lie" and "an insult to the German people". All copies of the newsletter were confiscated by the German government.
Decorations & Awards:
Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuzes: 18. May 1943 as Major, Kdr. I.Btl./Gren.Rgt. "Großdeutschland" / Inf.Div. "Großdeutschland" / Armeeabteilung Kempf / Heeresgruppe Süd, Eastern Front
- Eichenlaub (325.): 12. Nov. 1943 as Major, Kdr. I.(gep.) Btl./ Gren.Rgt. "Großdeutschland" / Pz.Gren.Div. "Grossdeutschland" / XXXXVIII.Pz.Korps / 1.Pz.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd, Eastern Front
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold: 29. Aug. 1942 as Hptm., Kdr. IV.Btl. / Inf.Rgt. "Großdeutschland", Eastern Front
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Kasse: 12. Jun. 1940
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse: 20. May 1940
Allgemeine-Sturmabzeichen
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Gold
Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42"
Military Order for Bravery in War 4th Class (1st Grade)(Bulgaria)
Notes:
* In April 1945, along with the remnants of his Führer-Begleit-Divisoin (FBD), Remer managed to hold the Russians back (despite the 20:1 ratio in manpower) in the area Jägerdorf-Troppau and thereby managed to save at least 10.000 women and children from the Russian advance.
(Many thanks to Thomas Vanhassel for the information in this biographical sketch)

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(Photo courtesy of Thomas Vanhassel)

http://www.geocities.com/~orion47/WEHRM ... H_Q-T.html

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Post by Amanda » 09 Dec 2003 19:08

Thank you Very much for the information.
Some of it is unclear to me though,

Tried for "insulting" the German government; exiled and moved to Syria and Egypt. Returned to the Bundesrepublik in 1954. Again sentenced for "insult" to the German government and imprisoned. Again exiled, 1962. Returned, 1963 and arrested.


I am unclear of exactly what "Insulting" the German government means. Do you mean that after the Third Reich lost power he was insulting the New German government by saying things against it which made the Third Reich look much more stable and Powerful?
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Post by K.Kocjancic » 09 Dec 2003 19:17

Found some more:

One long-time Genoud collaborator, Lt. General Otto-Ernst Remer, has emerged as a leading Neo-Nazi advocate of reunification of Germany under Soviet Hegemony.


http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/gentlemans/

He was still a hard-core Nazi after the war.

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Post by Amanda » 09 Dec 2003 19:23

Thank you Very much :D
You wouldnt happen to have anymore photos of this man would you?
Perhaps at a higher rank or after the war?
-Amanda

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 09 Dec 2003 19:29

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http://www.idgr.de/lexikon/bio/r/remer-oe/remer.html [here you'll also find his bio in German]

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 09 Dec 2003 19:31

Otto Ernst Remer -- a wartime German army officer who played a key role in putting down the July 1944 plot against Hitler, and an important postwar revisionist publicist -- died on October 4, 1997, at the age of 85. Since 1994 he had been living in exile in the Spanish resort of Marbella. In poor health for some months, he died of natural causes. [Image: Otto Ernst Remer.]
He is survived by his wife, Anneliese. At the time of his death, it was announced that his remains would be cremated, with the ashes to be buried later in Germany.

Born on August 18, 1912, Remer volunteered for service in the German army in 1930. During the Second World War, he served as a front-line officer in France, the Balkans and on the eastern front.

After promotion to Major and then Colonel, in 1944 he was chosen to command the "Gross­deutschland" guard regiment in Berlin. In this post, the 31-year-old officer played a historically pivotal role in putting down the attempt by a small circle of insurgent officers to kill Hitler and seize control of the government.

On the afternoon of July 20, 1944, General Paul von Hase, the military commander in Berlin and a leader in the anti-Hitler conspiracy, announced to Remer that Hitler was dead, that civil disorder had broken out, and that the army was assuming overall authority in Germany. Hase ordered Remer immediately to seal off key government buildings in central Berlin.

Hesitating to carry out this highly unusual order, Remer decided to contact Joseph Goebbels to confirm its validity. After telling the skeptical and uncertain Remer that Hitler was not dead, the propaganda minister and Berlin Gauleiter arranged for him to speak directly with the Führer by telephone at his military headquarters in East Prussia. (Although the bomb planted by conspiracy leader Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg during a conference had killed four officers, Hitler escaped with only minor injuries.)

"Major Remer, can you hear me, do you recognize my voice?," Hitler began. After explaining that an attempt on his life had failed, he gave Remer complete authority in Berlin to suppress the conspiracy. Remer and his men moved quickly to put down the revolt, which had been poorly planned and organized.

Five months later, Remer commanded the elite "Panzer Führer-Begleitbrigade" during the ill-fated "Battle of the Bulge" offensive. Following his promotion by Hitler on January 30, 1945, to the rank of Major General he was given command of tens of thousands of soldiers of the legendary "Panzer Führer-Begleitdivision." During the war's final months, he and his men fought off vastly superior Soviet forces, thereby rescuing hundreds of thousands of refugees who were fleeing the advancing Red troops.

Remer showed exemplary courage and valor in combat, and was wounded numerous times in battle. He was awarded some of the nation's most distinguished military decorations, including the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, the German Cross in Gold, the Oak Leaves of the Iron Cross, the Golden Wounded Badge, and the Silver Close Combat badge. [Image: Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.]

At the end of the war he came into American captivity, and remained a prisoner of war until 1947. During this period, the American commander of a camp for German prisoners, First Infantry Division officer Stanley said of him: "Of the 87 German generals in this General Remer is the only one whom I respect as courageous and honorable."

Remer played a leading role in the formation of the postwar "Socialist Reich Party," which, after winning 16 seats in a state parliament, was banned in 1952. Remer then lived in exile for several years in Egypt and Syria. He also wrote two books, including Conspiracy and Treason Around Hitler (Verschwörung und Verrat um Hitler), a memoir and study reviewed by H. Keith Thompson in the Spring 1988 Journal.

As a featured speaker at the Eighth (1987) Institute for Historical Review Conference, Remer spoke on "My Role in Berlin on July 20, 1944." (His address was published in the Spring 1988 Journal, and is available on both audio- and video-tape from the IHR.)

In October 1992 a German court in Schweinfurt sentenced him to 22 months imprisonment for "popular incitement" and "incitement to racial hatred" because of allegedly anti-Jewish "Holocaust denial" articles that had appeared in five issues of his tabloid newsletter, Remer Depesche. The judges in the case flatly refused to consider any of the extensive evidence presented by Remer's attorneys.

To avoid imprisonment, in February 1994 Remer sought exile in Spain. German authorities sought his extradition, but Spain's highest court rejected these requests on the basis that Remer's "thought crime" was not illegal in Spain. Nevertheless, until the final weeks of his life, German authorities persisted in their efforts to extradite the dying octogenarian so that he could be imprisoned in Germany.

Many of the numerous newspaper reports that have appeared about Remer over the years have contained demonstrable falsehoods. For example, he has repeatedly, and inaccurately, been referred to as a former "SS man" or "SS officer." In fact, he was never even a National Socialist party member.

Newspapers also reported that Remer "denied the murder of Jews" or "declared that no Jews were murdered under the National Socialist regime." Actually, Remer pointed out, "I have never denied that Jews were killed during the Third Reich, but have only disputed the figures of Jews who died in Auschwitz and the alleged method of killing" (that is, in gas chambers).

In challenging the gassing claims, Remer cited the various forensic studies of the alleged gas chambers at Auschwitz, particularly the investigations carried out by German chemist Germar Rudolf and American gas-chamber specialist Fred Leuchter.

The Remer case points up the strange and even perverse standards that prevail in Germany today. Although his "crime" was a non-violent expression of opinion, to dispute claims of mass gassings in wartime concentration camps is regarded in today's Germany as a criminal attack against all Jews, who enjoy a privileged status there.

More than half a century after the end of the Third Reich and the Second World War, Germans are ceaselessly exhorted to "never forget" the anti-Jewish measures of the Hitler era, to atone for what is called the most terrible crime in history, and to regard themselves as a nation of criminals and moral misfits. As a further expression of the country's "national masochism," the July 1944 conspirators are officially venerated, while outstanding wartime combat heroes and selfless patriots such as Remer are dishonored.

Particularly in Germany, the struggle on behalf of historical truth is not merely an academic question -- it is an issue of national survival.

If Germany were ever to find itself in another major war, it would be suicidal stupidity to cite as role models for its soldiers and officers the individuals who, at a time of national emergency, tried to assassinate the nation's leader and overthrow the government in a murderous putsch.

Every nation with a healthy survival instinct naturally venerates, particularly in time of war, individuals of exemplary self-sacrifice, patriotism, and heroism -- men of the caliber of Otto Ernst Remer.

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Post by Daniel L » 09 Dec 2003 21:11

Kocjo, don't post links to that kind of sites.

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 09 Dec 2003 21:14

D. Löwenhamn wrote:Kocjo, don't post links to that kind of sites.

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I just stated the source of the article, so that there are no problems with copyright.

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Post by Daniel L » 09 Dec 2003 21:24

The problem is that you linked to a neonazi site.

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Remer at the end of the war

Post by Dieter Zinke » 10 Dec 2003 12:25

Hi,

I have a not checked information, that Remer crossed the river Elbe in plain clothes to the US-troops, after commanding his encircled division (in the aerea of Spremberg) to break out of the pocket in direction to Dresden.

His division was in the "Korpsgruppe Jollasse" together with 10. SS-Panzerdivision (Heinz Harmel) and 344. Infanterie-Division (also Jollasse).

Already in 1949 Remer founded with others (old nazis) the "Sozialistische Reichspartei" (SPR).
The first Parteitag in June 1950 elected him to the deputy leader of the party.
The highest Course of Western Germany, the Bundesverfassungsgericht, for the first time has to forbid a political party in 1952.

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Post by VJK » 13 Dec 2003 18:58

Hi Amanda!

Here is a pic of Remer as a Generalmajor.

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Post by Alecci » 14 Dec 2003 01:24

Kocjo wrote:REMER, Otto-Ernst (RK m. EL; DKiG)
(1912 - 1997)
Generalmajor:
Born: 18. Aug. 1912 in Neubrandenburg / Kreis Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
Died: 4. Oct. 1997 in Marbella, Spain.
Promotions:
Gen.Maj.: 31.01.1945; Oberst: 1.07.1944 (promoted past rank of Oberstleutnant); Major: 1.01.1943; Hauptmann: 1.04.1941; Oberleutnant: ; Leutnant: 1.04.1935; Fahnenjunker: 1.04.1933.


The date for Otto-Ernst Remer's promotion to Oberst (colonel) is incorrect. In fact he was promoted on 20 July 1944 by Adolf Hitler himself. This ocurred during the evening of mentioned date when he, encouraged by Reichsminister Joseph Gobbels, telephoned the Führer. During the conversation Hitler ordered Remer to put down the insurrections by any means available, added that he was effectively put in charge of all units of the Armed Forces in Berlin and promoted him to colonel.

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Post by Helly Angel » 14 Dec 2003 06:19

other photo...


[Sorry, but I had to delete this photo- a few years late, I admit :) - as it is a copyright-protected one by Walter Frentz / Mike Miller, Moderator]

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