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Franz Hößler served as Schutzhaftlagerführer at Mittelbau-Dora. Posing after capture by the Allies in 1945

Schutzhaftlagerführer (English: Protective Custody Camp Leader) was a paramilitary title of the SS, specific to the concentration and extermination camps Totenkopfverbande. An Schutzhaftlagerführer was in charge of the economic function of the camp. Usually, there was more than one SS man performing that function at each location due to their enormous size. Schutzhaftlagerführers received orders from the central offices in Berlin, such as DEST run directly by the SS. Prisoners' lives were entirely in their hands. Their orders, which usually involved routine maltreatment of condemned victims were carried out through "assignments" so they wouldn't have to deal with the dead resulting from them.[1]


  1. ^ Paul B. Jaskot (Jan 4, 2002). "The Architecture of Oppression" (Google Books). The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy. Routledge (reprint). p. 38. ISBN 0203007670. Retrieved 2013-05-26.