By July 1942, he was Chief of Security Police and SD in Wiesbaden. In September 1942 he became, in succession to Walter Stahlecker and Heinz Jost, commander of Einsatzgruppen A, which was responsible for the mass murder of, mostly Jewish, civilians. In addition, he was commander of the Security Police (Sipo) in Riga for sometime.
Achamer-Pifrader was, on 31 August 1943, awarded with the Iron Cross 2nd Class and also the War Merit Cross, 1st class. In 1944 he returned to the Reich Security Main Office in Berlin and took over as Chief of Security Police in the field units of the Unit IV B.
On 25 April 1945, he died in an air raid on Linz.
Portrayal in the media
- Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Zweite aktualisierte Auflage, Frankfurt am Main 2005, S. 10.
- Helmut Krausnick / Hans-Heinrich Wilhelm: Die Truppe des Weltanschauungskrieges, DVA, Stuttgart 1981 ISBN 3-421-01987-8.