Gerhard Flesch

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Gerhard Friedrich Ernst Flesch
Born (1909-10-18)18 October 1909
Posen, Prussia, German Empire
Died 28 February 1948(1948-02-28) (aged 38)
Trondheim, Norway
Service/branch Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA)
Rank Obersturmbannführer

Gerhard Friedrich Ernst Flesch (8 October 1909 – 28 February 1948) was a German SS functionary during the Nazi era. Post World War II, he tried, found guilty and executed for his crimes, specifically the torture and murder of members of the Norwegian resistance movement.[1]

He was an Oberregierungsrat and held the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel). He was born in Posen, Province of Posen, German Empire. He became a member of NSDAP (Nazi Party) in 1933. In 1934, he obtained his law degree and by 1936 was a member of the Gestapo, when Reinhard Heydrich appointed him over a unit to control the religious sects of Germany. In 1938, he took part in the German march into the Sudetenland, and in 1939, in the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia. Later he was appointed political adviser to Gauleiter Fritz Sauckel in Thuringia. After the outbreak of the war in September, 1939, he became leader of an Einsatzkommando in Poznań (German: Posen). In 1940, he joined the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf in their march into France.[2]

He had a position as Regierungsrat (Executive Council, government advisor), and was an SS-Sturmbannführer (major) in April 1940, when he was assigned to Norway. His first job in Norway was Kommandeur der Sipo und des SD in Bergen (the Sicherheitsdienst (SD; Security Service) was primarily the intelligence service of the SS and the Nazi Party, where the Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo; Security Police) was a term used in Nazi Germany to describe the state political and criminal investigation security agencies. It was made up by the combined forces of the Gestapo (secret state police) and the Kripo (criminal police) between 1936 and 1939. Thereafter, they became departments of the RSHA). On 11 October 1941, he was appointed Kommandeur der Sicherheitspolizei und des Sicherheitsdienst in Trondheim. As Kommandeur of the district, he was also chief of Falstad concentration camp outside Trondheim and the prisons in Trondheim. He was promoted to the rank of Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) and received the title of Oberregierungsrat. His immediate superior was Heinrich Fehlis. On 8 May 1945, he fled from Trondheim with a gold bar in his luggage. He was caught and sent back with a police escort on the train and during which he made an unsuccessful attempt to escape. [3]

He was known for being a notorious torturer, and ordered the execution of many members of the Norwegian resistance movement without any trial. After World War II, in 1946, he was tried and sentenced, for the many cases of torture and murder, to execution by firing squad. The sentence was carried out at midnight at Kristiansten festning on 28 February 1948. Right before the order was given to fire, Gerhard Flesch shouted loudly "Heil Hitler". [4]


  1. ^ [The Hunt for HitlerÕs Warship, by Patrick Bishop, p. 189
  2. ^ The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel by Philip Kerr, pp. 8, 27
  3. ^ The German Occupation of Norway, by Paul Gerhardt Vigness, pp. 149, 172
  4. ^ Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals. Selected and Prepared by the United Nations War Crimes Commission. Volume VI, London: HMSO, 1948, Trial of Gerhard Friedrich Ernst Flesch