February 12, 1921|
|Known for||Defendant at the Auschwitz Trial|
|Political party||National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)|
Born in Neudorf (Sudetenland), Lorenz was German by nationality with Czechoslovakian citizenship. He was a farmer. After the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Third Reich, he joined the SS and was sent to the front. Due to injury, he was unfit for further frontline service and was dispatched to Auschwitz at the end of January 1942. In August 1942 he worked as a guard, and then worked as a driver distributing food in the camp.
Lorenz was tried by the Supreme National Tribunal in Kraków and received a 15-year prison sentence for abusing prisoners. He was acquitted of murder by entering a plea. Due to an amnesty, he was released from prison in the mid-1950s.
- Cyprian T., Sawicki J., Siedem wyroków Najwyższego Trybunału Narodowego, Poznań 1962