Karl Ullrich

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Karl Ullrich
Karl ullrich.jpg
Born (1910-12-01)1 December 1910
Died 8 May 1996(1996-05-08) (aged 85)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1934–45
Rank Oberführer
Service number NSDAP #715,727
SS #31,438
Unit SS Division Totenkopf
Commands held SS Division Wiking
Battles/wars World War II
Awards

Karl Ullrich (1 December 1910 – 8 May 1996) was a high-ranking member in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II, who was the last commander of the SS Division Wiking and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Following the war, he authored an apologist account of the SS Division Totenkopf.

Career[edit]

Born in 1910, Ullrich joined joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe in 1934. He transferred to the SS Division Totenkopf on the Eastern Front in 1941.[citation needed] He was given command of the SS Division Wiking for the final battles of the war in Hungary. A short time before the end of the war he was promoted to Oberführer and he surrendered to the Red Army in May 1945.[1]

After the war, Ullrich wrote the book Like a Cliff in the Ocean: A History of the 3. SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" in which he claimed that only a single member of the Totenkopf division ever committed a war crime. In reality, the division committed war crimes in Poland and France.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ The Waffen-SS at War By Tim Ripley, p 80
  2. ^ Thomas 1998, p. 396.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 754.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
  • 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-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp
Commander of 5. SS-Panzer-Division Wiking
9 October 1944 – 5 May 1945
Succeeded by
disbanded