Germanische Leitstelle

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Drammensveien 99 in Oslo, the villa containing the offices of Germanische Leitstelle in Norway as well as Ahnenerbe's Norwegian mission 1941-43

During World War II, Germanische Leitstelle was a department of the SS-Hauptamt under the command of Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger. It oversaw the recruitment and propaganda offices for the Waffen SS in Oslo, Copenhagen, Brussels and The Hague.

The Germanische Leitstelle in Norway[edit]

The Oslo office was established in 1941 and led by Karl Leib, the son-in-law of Gottlob Berger. It was headquartered in Drammensveien 99 until 1943, when it moved to Colbjørnsens gate 1.

The Germanische Leitstelle published the Germanic Messenger (Germansk Budstikke) and SS-Heftet, which was the Norwegian edition of SS-Leitheft. It was also tasked with coordinating the scientific work of the SS, and hosted the Ahnenerbe mission in Norway, led by Hans Schwalm (de).[1]


  1. ^ Sørensen, Øystein (1995). "Germanische Leitstelle in Norwegen". In Dahl, Hans Fredrik. Norsk krigsleksikon 1940-45. Oslo: Cappelen. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2008-07-16.