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

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.


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.





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


  • 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