Hermann Reinecke

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Hermann Reinecke
Hermann Reinecke
Born (1888-02-14)14 February 1888
Died 10 October 1973(1973-10-10) (aged 85)
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer (Army)
Years of service 1903–45
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held Chief of National Socialist Leadership Staff OKW
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Iron Cross, 1st class
Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918

Hermann Reinecke (February 14, 1888[1] - October 10, 1973) was a General der Infanterie and convicted war criminal of Nazi Germany's Wehrmacht during World War II.

He was a former Lieutenant General and the head of the General Office of the Armed Forces at OKW (Allgemeines Wehrmachtamt, AWA). Reinecke was also head of the office for the NSFO (Nationalsozialistische Führungsoffiziere), which consisted of Nazi officers charged with political propaganda in the Wehrmacht. Major Karl August Meinel, 1 August 1942, was shifted into the Führerreserve, because on 13 January 1942 he wrote a critical report to Hermann Reinecke on the segregation and execution of Russian prisoners of war in prison camp Stalag VII A by the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst SD (security service) of the Reichsführer SS (Heinrich Himmler).

In the High Command Trial at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II, Reinecke was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released, however, in October 1954.

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  1. ^ http://collections.yadvashem.org/photosarchive/en-us/42681.html
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Miller, Michael D. "General der Infanterie Hermann Reinecke". Axis Biographical Research. Retrieved 27 April 2014.