Max Pauly

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Max Pauly
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Born1 June 1907
Died8 October 1946(1946-10-08) (aged 39)
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
Criminal statusExecuted
Conviction(s)War crimes
Criminal penaltyDeath
Military career
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branchFlag Schutzstaffel.svg Schutzstaffel
3rd SS Division Logo.svgTotenkopfverbände
RankSS Standartenführer

Max Pauly (1 June 1907, Wesselburen – 8 October 1946, Hamelin) was an SS Standartenführer who was the commandant of Stutthof concentration camp from September 1939 to August 1942 and commandant of Neuengamme concentration camp and the associated subcamps from September 1942 until liberation in May 1945. He lived on site with his family. [1]

Pauly was tried by the British for war crimes with 13 others in the Curio Haus in Hamburg which was located in the British occupied sector of Germany. The trial lasted from 18 March to 13 May 1946. He was found guilty and sentenced to death with 11 other defendants.[1] He was never tried for the crimes committed at Stutthof.[2]


Pauly was executed by hanging by Albert Pierrepoint in Hamelin prison [de] prison on 8 October 1946.[1][3]


Pauly is mentioned under the name of "Hans" in Simon Wiesenthal's 1967 book, The Murderers Among Us (ch. 22, "The Other Side of the Moon").

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  1. ^ a b c Ernst Klee: The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich persons: who came before and after 1945. Publisher: Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2007. ISBN 978-3-596-16048-8.
  2. ^ Janina Grabowska (22 January 2009). "Odpowiedzialność za Zbrodnie Popełnione w Stutthofie. Procesy" [Responsibility for the Atrocities Committed at Stutthof. The trials.]. KL Stutthof, Monografia. Archived from the original (Internet Archive) on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ The SS: Alibi of a Nation, 1922–1945 Publisher: Da Capo Press (21 March 1989) Language: English ISBN 0-306-80351-8, ISBN 978-0306803512.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commandant of Stutthof concentration camp
September 1939 – August 1942
Succeeded by
SS-Sturmbannführer Paul-Werner Hoppe
Preceded by
SS-Hauptsturmführer Martin Gottfried Weiss
Commandant of Neuengamme concentration camp
September 1942 – 4 May 1945
Succeeded by
Camp liberated