|Gauleiter of Cologne|
|Reichskommissar for Belgium and Northern France|
19 July 1944 – December 1944
|Appointed by||Adolf Hitler|
|Born||November 6, 1902
Gemünden im Hunsrück
|Died||December 27, 1987 (85)
Josef Grohé (6 November 1902 - 27 December 1987), German Nazi Party official, was born in Gemünden im Hunsrück as the son of a shopkeeper. He finished secondary school in 1919 and worked as a clerk in the hardware industry. He joined the Nazi Party in 1922, and was co-founder of the Nazi organization in Cologne and founder of its newspaper, the Westdeutscher Beobachter. In 1931 he was appointed Gauleiter (regional party leader) of Cologne-Aachen, and in 1932 he was elected to both the Reichstag and the Prussian Staatsrat (State Council). In late 1944, in addition to these posts, he was made the Reichskommissar in German-occupied Belgium and Northern France, although these areas were already being overrun by the Allies. He was arrested by the British occupation authorities in Cologne in 1945 and imprisoned until 1950.
After the war, Grohé remained dedicated to the Nazi cause for the rest of his life.
- Ernst Klee, Das Personen-lexikon zum Dritten Reich (Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt-am-Main, 2005), 202
- Gauleiter: The Regional Leaders Of The Nazi Party And Their Deputies, 1925-1945 (Herbert Albreacht-H. Wilhelm Huttmann)-Volume 1 by Michael D. Miller and Andreas Schulz R. James Bender Publishing, 2012.
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