Karl Schümers

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Karl Schümers
Born 17 October 1905
Died 18 August 1944(1944-08-18) (aged 38)
Árta, Greece
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1939–44
Rank Standartenführer (Colonel)
Unit 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class

Karl Schümers (17 October 1905 – 18 August 1944) was a Standartenführer (Colonel) and Oberst of Polizei in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II. On 5 April 1944, Karl Schümers commanded the execution of 280 unarmed women and children in the village of Kleisoura in Greece.

SS-Standartenführer Karl Schümers was awarded the Knight's Cross while in command of the II./1st SS Polizei Schützen Regiment (Infantry), on the 30 September 1942.[1]


  • II.Battalion, 7th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Regiment
  • 7th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment
  • 4th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Division [1]


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