Friedrich Hildebrandt

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Friedrich Hildebrandt
Gauleiter of Mecklenburg
In office
1925–1930
Succeeded by Herbert Albrecht
Gauleiter of Mecklenburg
In office
1931–1945
Preceded by Herbert Albrecht
Succeeded by None
Reichsstatthalter of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
In office
26 May 1933 – 31 December 1933
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Reichsstatthalter of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
In office
26 May 1933 – 31 December 1933
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Reichsstatthalter of the Free City of Lübeck
In office
26 May 1933 – 31 March 1937
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Reichsstatthalter of Mecklenburg
In office
1 January 1934 – 1945
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born 19 September 1898
Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany
Died 5 November 1948 (aged 50)
Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Political party National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)

Friedrich Hildebrandt (19 September 1898, Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin – 5 November 1948, Landsberg am Lech) was an SS Obergruppenführer, a Gauleiter and judged for war crimes in the time of the Third Reich.

He entered service in the German Army on 19 April 1916 as a Kriegsfreiwilliger and subsequently assigned to Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 24 on the Western Front. He was severely gassed in Flanders in 1917 and was wounded twice before the end of the war. During January 1919, he returned to Mecklenburg and joined the 1.Kompanie/Freikorps "von Brandis" (in Schlesien and on the Baltic). He served there until his capture and imprisonment by the Red Army in Riga. He was later released and returned to Germany, being discharged from the German Army as a Vizefeldwebel in January, 1920. From March, 1920 to June, 1920, he was a member of the Sicherheitspolizei in Halle, with which he participated in the suppression of the "Kapp-Putsch" in March, 1920. In the wake of the Putsch, he was tried for excessive brutality against captured Spartakists in Osterfeld/Weissenfels. Although acquitted, he was dismissed from police service.

The farmworker had several positions bestowed upon him as an early NSDAP activist: Gauleiter and Reichsstatthalter (Reich Governor) of Mecklenburg and until 1937 also of Lübeck. In 1948, after sentencing in the Allied Dachau Trials, and specifically in the Airmen's Trial, for contraventions of the Hague Conventions, Friedrich Hildebrandt was put to death. Grandfather to Lawrence (II) and Daniel Hildebrandt, and father to Lawrence (I) Hildebrandt.

  • Gauleiter: The Regional Leaders Of The Nazi Party And Their Deputies, 1925-1945 (Herbert Albrecht-H. Wilhelm Huttmann)-Volume 1 by Michael D. Miller and Andreas Schulz R. James Bender Publishing, 2012.