Richard Schulze-Kossens

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Richard Schulze-Kossens
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Born (1914-10-02)2 October 1914
Spandau, Berlin, Germany
Died 3 July 1988(1988-07-03) (aged 73)
Düsseldorf, FRG
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1934–1945
Rank Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel)
Unit Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler; Führerbegleitkommando; 38. SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen
Commands held 38. SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen
Awards Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Vapaudenristin ritarikunta.

Richard Schulze (2 October 1914 in Spandau, Berlin – 3 July 1988 in Düsseldorf) was a Waffen-SS officer during World War II who reached the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel). During World War II, Schulze commanded the 38. SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen, SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz and served as a Waffen-SS adjutant to Reichsaussenminister Joachim von Ribbentrop. He was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold and the prestigious Finnish Vapaudenristin ritarikunta.

Early life and SS service[edit]

Richard Schulze was born in Spandau, Berlin. A year after graduating from gymnasium in 1934, the 20-year-old Schulze entered the Allgemeine SS and was assigned to 6.SS-Standarte in Berlin. In November 1934, he served in the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH), Adolf Hitler's bodyguard. Between 1935 and 1937 took various officer training courses at the SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz, in Jüterbog and Dachau. In 1937, Richard Schulze was reassigned to the 3.SS-Totenkopf-Standarte Thüringen where he served as an adjutant to Theodor Eicke. He is pictured standing with Molotov, Ribbentrop, Stalin and Soviet Chief of Staff Shaposnikov at the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 23 August 1939. Later on he worked as an adjutant at the SS-Hauptamt for August Heißmeyer and the Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop.

World War II service[edit]

From October 1939 through August 1941, he was an SS-Ordonnanz-offizier for Adolf Hitler. While serving in the role of an ordinance officer, he was also a member of the Führerbegleitkommando which provided security protection for Hitler.[1] He was then transferred and later became the first Divisional commander of the 38. SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen. At that time, Schulze had been the commanding officer of the SS-Brigade Nibelungen and the Junkerschule at Bad Tölz.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

After the Second World War, Schulze changed his name to Richard Schulze-Kossens. He spent three years in an American internment camp and later worked as a salesman and writer. He wrote a book called Militärischer Führernachwuchs der Waffen-SS – Die Junkerschulen (1982) and was interviewed and appeared in the 26-episode television documentary, The World at War.

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Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Standartenführer Hans Kempin
Commander of 38. SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen
April 6, 1945 – April 9, 1945
Succeeded by
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding