Max Wielen

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Max Ernst Gustav Friedrich Wielen (born 3 March 1883) was the Kripo and Gestapo police chief at Breslau. He held the rank of Obergruppenführer. After the war, he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the War Trials Commission but served only a few years in prison and was released 24 October 1952. [1].

Wielen is significant in that he was directly implicated in the Stalag Luft III murders, in which members of the RAF who were involved in the "Great Escape" were killed. [1] [2][3] [4] [5][6]


  1. ^ Human Game: The True Story of the 'Great Escape' Murders and the Hunt for Gestapo Gunman, by Simon Read
  2. ^ Law-Reports of Trials of War Criminals, The United Nations War Crimes Commission, Volume XI, London, HMSO, 1949, CASE NO. 62, TRIAL OF MAX WIELEN
  3. ^ Andrews, Allen (1976). Exemplary Justice. Corgi Books. ISBN 0-552-10800-6. 
  4. ^ Colditz web article
  5. ^ "Officer Prisoners of War, Germany (Shooting)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 23 June 1944. col. 477–482. 
  6. ^ Nuremberg Trial Proceedings Vol. 9 seventy-ninth day: Tuesday, 12 March 1946: Morning Session, Avalon Project, Yale University, Retrieved 1 March 2010