Fritz Katzmann

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Fritz Katzmann (6 May 1906 – 19 September 1957) was a SS-Gruppenführer (Major General) and Polizei leader who perpetrated genocide in Lemberg (Lwów), Danzig, and the District of Galicia during The Holocaust. Katzmann was responsible for many of the atrocities that were perpetrated in the District of Galicia. He managed to escape prosecution after the Second World War.

  • Born in Darmstadt, Westphalia – May 6, 1906
  • Joined the SA – Dec. 1927
  • Joined the NSDAP (# 98,528) – Sept. 1928
  • Joined the SS (# 3,065) – July 1, 1930
  • Commissioned as an SS 2nd Lieutenant – Aug. 20, 1931
  • Promoted to SS Captain – Dec. 1, 1932
  • Promoted to SS Major – Jan. 30, 1933
  • Promoted to SS Lt. Colonel – April 20, 1933
  • Promoted to SS Colonel – Aug. 17, 1934
  • Commander SS 25th Standard “Ruhr” – Jan. 10, 1934 – Sept. 25, 1934
  • Commander SS 75th Standard “Widukind”– April 4, 1934 – March 21, 1938
  • NSDAP member of the Reichstag –
  • Commander SS Section VI Breslau – March 21, 1938 – Jan. 1, 1942
  • Promoted to SS Oberfuhrer – Nov. 9, 1938
  • Higher SS and Police Leader of Radom – Nov. 30, 1939 – Aug. 8, 1941
  • Awarded NSDAP Golden Party Badge – April 15, 1940
  • Promoted to SS Brig. General – June 21, 1941
  • Higher SS and Police Leader in Lemberg (Lwow) – Aug. 8, 1941 – April 20, 1943
  • Higher SS and Police Leader of Galicia – Aug. 1941 – fall 1943
  • Promoted to Brig. General of Police – Sept. 26, 1941
  • Promoted to SS and Police Major General – Jan. 30, 1943
  • Leader SS Higher Section “Vistula” – April 20, 1943 – May 8, 1945
  • Higher SS and Police Leader Danzig-West Prussia – April 20, 1943 – May 8, 1945
  • Promoted to Waffen SS Major General – July 1, 1944
  • Went into hiding after the war
  • Died in Darmstadt – Sept. 19, 1957

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ruth Bettina Birn: Die Höheren SS- und Polizeiführer. Himmlers Vertreter im Reich und in den besetzten Gebieten. Düsseldorf 1986. ISBN 3-7700-0710-7
  • Joseph Wulf: Das Dritte Reich und seine Vollstrecker. Wiesbaden 1989. ISBN 3-598-04603-0
  • Institut für Nationales Gedenken: Lösung der Judenfrage im Distrikt Galizien / Solving the Jewish Question in the District of Galicia. (dt., engl., poln. - der Katzmann-Report)

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