Candid photo in the field
|Born||13 January 1906|
|Died||26 July 1983(aged 77)|
|Years of service||1932–1945|
Arpad Wigand (born 13 January 1906 in Mannheim – 26 July 1983 in Mannheim); was a Nazi German war criminal with the rank of SS-Oberführer who served as the SS and Police Leader in Warsaw (SS-und Polizeiführer (SSPF)) from 4 August 1941 until 23 April 1943 during the occupation of Poland in World War II.
As an aide to Erich von dem Bach Zelewski he first suggested the site of the former Polish artillery barracks in the Zasole suburb of Oswiecim for a concentration camp in January 1940. This site would evolve into the Auschwitz concentration camp which went on to become a major site of the Nazi "Final Solution to the Jewish question" resulting in the death of up to 1,000,000 Jews.
|February 1943||Obersturmführer der Reserve (Waffen-SS)|
|January 1944||Hauptsturmführer der Reserve (Waffen-SS)|
- Iron Cross First Class (1939)
- War Merit Cross Second Class
- Golden Party Badge
- Sword of Honor of the Reichsführer-SS
- Auschwitz by Debórah Dwork, Robert Jan van Pelt, page 166. Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (17 April 2002) Language: English ISBN 0-393-32291-2 ISBN 978-0393322910
- The Law of War Crimes:National and International Approaches by Timothy McCormack (Hardcover - 29 January 1997)Page 75 Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (29 January 1997) Language: English ISBN 90-411-0273-6