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Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by Hamond » 17 Jul 2002 22:09

Dear sir,
we are students of Film faculty of Academy of Performing Arts (Czech republic). We are shooting documentary about one young man who writing about holocaust. He is traveled to Israel at the moment but here is one interesting thing: He took pseudonym after the first commandant of Dachau, :aliengray Hilmar Wäckerle...

If you know anything interesting about H. W., we are really asking for!
Do you know if H. W. have any children or relatives?
Was he married? Do you know anybody who could meet with Hilmar Wäckerle?

There is the last question. Where did Hilmar Wäckerle been moved (after he was fired from concetration camp in Dachau). Hans-Günter Richardi says that SS-Standartenführer Hilmar Wäckerle was named Chief of Staff in Abschnitt X in Stuttgart on July 15, 1933 after he was removed by Himmler from Dachau due to law pressure from Munich public prosecutor, Carl Wintersberger. You have on INet information that the new chief became SS-Oberführer Hans-Adolf Prützmann (15 July 1933 - 16 Nov 1933) on July 15, 1933. Do you thin, that is there any inconsistency? I look forward to you answer.



With a lot of thanks

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Hilmar Wäckerle-- some info. on his life/career...

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2002 06:03

Wäckerle, Hilmar
SS-Standartenführer

Born: 24. Nov. 1899 in Forchheim / Bayern.
Killed in Action: 2. Jul. 1941 near Lvov, Eastern Front (according to Marc Rikmenspoel in “Soldiers of the Waffen-SS”, “killed... during his regiment’s first action when he tried to open the cupola of a Soviet tank. A crew member inside shot him.”)

NSDAP-Nr.: 530 715
SS-Nr.: 9 729

Promotions:
SS-Standartenführer:
SS-Obersturmbannführer: 13. Sep. 1936
Sturmbannführer: 1. Mar. 1934
SS-Hauptsturmführer: 30. Jan. 1933
SS-Sturmführer: 24. Aug. 1932

Career:
Kadett in Royal Bavarian Kadettenkorps: late-1913 - Aug. 1917. Entered service, assigned as non-commissioned officer to __.bayerischen Infanterie-Regiment: Aug. 1917 - 1918 (in France from Mar. 1918). Wounded in action, Sep. 1918; hospitalized. Studied agriculture at Technische Hochsschule in München: 1919 -. Joined NSDAP: 1922. Member of Freikorps "Oberland"; participated in München Putsch of 9. Nov. 1923. Played a role in the shooting attack on Heinz Orbis (Prime Minister of a French-protected government established in Pfalz) as he dined at a hotel in Speyer on 19. Jan. 1924. Manager of a cattle ranch. Left NSDAP after München Putsch, rejoining in about 1930. First Kommandant of KL Dachau: Feb. 1933 - Jun.
1933 (replaced by Theodor Eicke due to corruption and brutality). Stabsführer of SS-Abschnitt X (HQ: Stuttgart):1. Feb. 1934 - 7. May 1934. Member of the Lebensborn Society: (1. Dec. 1937) -. Führer of I.Sturmbann / SS-Standarte "Germania": (1. Dec. 1937) - (1. Mar. 1938). Führer of Sturmbann III/SS-Standarte “Der Führer”: Sep. 1939 - May 1940. Kommandeur of SS-Regiment "Westland" / SS-Division "Wiking": 1. Dec. 1940 - 2. Jul. 1941.

Decorations & Awards:
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse: awarded 1917 or '18
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Schwarz
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Landesorden
Blutorden (Nr. 305)
Reichssportabzeichen in Silber
SA-Sportabzeichen in Bronze
Ehrendegen des RF SS
Totenkopfring der SS
Ehrenwinkel für Altekämpfer

Notes:
* Son of a notary public.
* Religion: Catholic.
* Married to Elfriede, née ______ (after her husband's death, became romantically involved, and cohabitant, with one Johann Herzog, an affair which caused a bit of a scandal; Himmler eventually intereceded and had Herzog sent to a concentration camp).
* National Archives File: A3343 SSO-214B

Sources:
Tom Segev, "Soldiers of Evil"
Kurt Mehner, "Die Waffen-SS und Polizei, 1939 - 1945"
French MacLean, "The Camp Men"
Mark C. Yerger, "Allgemeine-SS"
Marc Rikmenspoel, "Soldiers of the Waffen-SS~ Many Nations, One Motto"
SS-Personalkanzlei, "SS-Dienstalterliste, Stand vom 1. Dezember 1937"

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Post by Mark V. » 18 Jul 2002 14:14

Hi Hammond

Another interesting thing about Hilmar he was apparently recommended for Knight Cross. Look at this site:
http://www.grebbeberg.nl/bibliotheek/data/art00053.html
But he never received it.

Mark

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Post by thaeberling » 20 Nov 2007 10:31

Notes:
* Son of a notary public.
* Religion: Catholic.
* Married to Elfriede, née ______ (after her husband's death, became romantically involved, and cohabitant, with one Johann Herzog, an affair which caused a bit of a scandal; Himmler eventually intereceded and had Herzog sent to a concentration camp).
* National Archives File: A3343 SSO-214B

Dear Michael

This Johann Herzog. Ist this the SS-Scharführer Johann Herzog which serve in the KZ Buchenwald???

Thank you very much for a short answer.

Greetings

thomas

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Post by Georg_S » 01 Dec 2007 20:27

The reason why Wäckerle had to relieve his command as Kdt of KL Dachau was that the Beyrische Staatspolizei started to investigate several deaths in the camp (I think it was two or three killed inmates) and RFSS wanted not to the SS to be involved in any criminalinvestigation, so he stopped the investigation and had Wäckerle removed before the Bayrische polizei took any action against him.

Best regards,

Georg

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Post by mty » 06 Dec 2007 02:13

I think Himmler himself was the head of both Munich police (although not acting chief anymore) and Bavarian political police at the time. Could someone post bit more details about the investigation: how many unclear deaths there were? I think the police was pressed to investigate by the public prosecutor of Munich and also NS minister of justice, Hans Frank, played a notable part.

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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 15 Feb 2012 04:51

This is a picture of Obersturmbannführer [Lieutenant-Colonel] Hilmar Wäckerle, the commander of the 3rd Battalion of the SS Regiment 'Der Führer', that was responsible for numerous war crimes at the Grebbeberg. The picture is taken just hours after the battle, during which Wäckerle had been hit twice [back/arm]. The photo clearly shows his bloody uniform and wounded right arm. Apart from committing warcrimes on the battlefield, the battalion operated in a very bold and brave way. They suffered lots of casualties, but reached their goals time and again.

Wäckerle himself - although a horrible nazi in heart and mind - was extremely brave and did not evade first line action. His biggest achievement was him and some of his troops breaking through the stopline-defence during the night of 12/13 May and taking a position at the railway track where his presence would be more than a nuisance to the Dutch troops. He was awarded both the [Iron Cross] EK1 and EK2 after the battle, which is quite unique.

Himmler's protégé Wäckerle had been the first SS commander of Dachau concentration camp in the early thirties. Together with Theodor Eicke - who would later become commander of the SS Totenkopf Division [operated in Belgium and France during the May war] - Wäckerle invented the 'Schule der Gewalt' ['School of violence']at Dachau. The two men had developed methods how to operate as a camp guard and how to set rule for camp management, with special attention to harsh regimes and punishment. Wäckerle would not live long. In 1941 he was promoted to Standartenführer [Colonel] and he became commander of SS Regiment Westland [part of the notorious Wiking Division], which main body was formed by [631 off] Dutch and Vlamish volunteers. Already at the 2nd of July 1941 - less than two weeks after the regiment had seen its first action - Wäckerle fell victim to a Soviet sniper.
Source: http://www.waroverholland.nl/index.php? ... o&pid=3969
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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by coburg22 » 15 Feb 2012 05:11

Interesting photo showing Wäckerle wearing an enlisted SS belt with buckle along with enlisted collar tabs with officer rank as SS-Obersturmbannführer.

Best,

James

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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by Requin Marteau » 18 Feb 2012 13:35

Bonjour,

Wackerle bio (French)
Crdl
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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by J. Duncan » 19 Feb 2012 10:00

His name sounded familiar to me and I tried to remember where he was connected to my memory. I finally remembered that I saw his name on a portrait painting or sketching done by Wolfgang Willrich. I found the image in one of my Nazi art books (Wäckerle is wearing a helmet with swastika decal) but could not find the image online. Lower picture says "Wäckerle WW", written in Willrich's WW runic looking characters.

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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by Helge » 17 May 2013 07:13

The III./SS-Standarte "Germania" took along with the entire regiment as SS-Standartenführer Karl Maria Demelhuber to the days of the NSDAP Nazi Party in 1937 and 1938 in Nuremberg. The following photograph was taken at the Party in September 1938 and shows Karl Maria Demelhuber together with the three battalion commanders of the SS-Standarte "Germania", from left to right: SS-Obersturmbannführer Hilmar Wäckerle (commander of I Battalion, Hamburg-Veddel), SS-Sturmbannführer Herbert Otto Gille (II Battalion commander, Arolsen), SS-Standartenführer Karl Maria Demelhuber and SS-Obersturmbannführer Heinrich Koeppen (commander of III Battalion, Radolfzell). Photography Heinz Hille Brecht. Mark Wolter collection.
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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by Helge » 17 May 2013 08:10

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Sota ei päätä kuka on oikeassa, vain sen että kuka on jäljellä.
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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by Helge » 17 May 2013 08:33

Hilmar Wäckerle rest here: Soldatenfriedhof Zloczow 6.Reihe, Grab 85.
Sota ei päätä kuka on oikeassa, vain sen että kuka on jäljellä.
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Re: Hilmar Wäckerle

Post by J. Duncan » 17 May 2013 08:42

Portrait of Wäckerle by Willrich:
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