Heinz Lammerding

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Heinz Lammerding
Born (1905-08-27)27 August 1905
Dortmund, German Empire
Died 13 January 1971(1971-01-13) (aged 65)
Bad Tölz, West Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen SS
Years of service 1933–45
Rank Brigadeführer
Commands held SS Division Das Reich
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinz Lammerding (27 August 1905 – 13 January 1971) was a high-ranking member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, who was a commander of the SS Division Das Reich and a convicted war criminal who ordered the murder of approximately 750 civilians.

War-crimes trial[edit]

In 1953, he was tried in France for war crimes, for ordering two massacres in 1944: at Tulle and at Oradour-sur-Glane. He was sentenced to death in absentia by the court of Bordeaux, but he was never extradited from West Germany[1] nor was he ever sentenced by a German court.

According to Danny S. Parker, Lammerding had already been tried in West Germany, convicted of war crimes and had served a prison sentence. He therefore was not subject to extradition under the Bonn constitution, much to the consternation of the French. They threatened to send in a commando unit to seize him, as the Israelis did in the case of Adolf Eichmann. Before this could occur, Lammerding died, in 1971.[2]

In the afterword of The Hanging Garden, Ian Rankin claims that the British were involved in his capture:

General Lammerding was the commanding officer. On 9 June, he'd ordered the deaths of ninety-nine hostages in Tulle. He also gave the order for the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre. Later on in the war, Lammerding was captured by the British, who refused his extradition to France. Instead, he was returned to Düsseldorf, where he ran a successful company until his death in 1971.[3][4][5]

His funeral in 1971 turned into a large reunion of former SS 'comrades'.[6]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Le maire d'Oradour-sur-Glane : « Il était dénué de toute humanité », Le Parisien, 14 August 2007 (French)
  2. ^ Parker 2014, p. 386.
  3. ^ The Hanging Garden (1998), by Ian Rankin
  4. ^ The "assassin of Oradour-sur-Glane" died at the age of 86, The World of 14 August 2007.
  5. ^ L'"assassin d'Oradour-sur-Glane" est mort à l'âge de 86 ans, Le Monde (with AFP), 14 August 2007 (French)
  6. ^ http://www.ag-friedensforschung.de/themen/Kriegsgeschichte1/oradour.html Florence Hervé, Oradour, Ort des Schmerzes, AG Friedensforschung, 2014
  7. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 266.
  8. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 490.


  • Parker, Danny S. (2014). Hitler's Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306821547. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Walter Krüger
Commander of SS Division Das Reich
23 October 1943 – 24 July 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Christian Tychsen
Preceded by
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Baum
Commander of SS Division Das Reich
23 October 1944 – 20 January 1945
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz