Josef Kollmer

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Josef Kollmer
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Josef Kollmer
Born (1901-02-26)February 26, 1901
Händlern
Died January 28, 1948(1948-01-28) (aged 46)
Occupation SS-Obersturmführer
Known for Defendant at the Auschwitz Trial
Political party
National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)

Josef Kollmer (February 26, 1901 – January 28, 1948) was an SS-Obersturmführer at Auschwitz. He was prosecuted at the Auschwitz Trial.

Born in Händlern, Bavaria, Kollmer was a farmer by trade. He became a member of the SS on January 1, 1935 after having previously spent several years in the German police force. He joined the Nazi party in May 1937. In October 1941 he was drafted into the Waffen-SS and was assigned to Auschwitz, where he commanded various guard companies until October 1943. He then temporarily transferred to Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp, but returned to Auschwitz in May 1944. Initially he commanded the guard company at Auschwitz main camp, then later the one at Monowitz concentration camp from August to October 1944. During his time at Auschwitz, Kollmer participated in the extermination of Jews in the Birkenau gas chambers, and carried out executions against the shooting wall between blocks 10 and 11 and at the Buna factory.

Kollmer was tried by the Supreme National Tribunal at the Auschwitz Trial in Kraków and was sentenced to death. His sentence was carried out by hanging in Montelupich Prison, Kraków.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Cyprian T., Sawicki J., Siedem wyroków Najwyższego Trybunału Narodowego, Poznań 1962