Otto Harder

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Tull Harder
Personal information
Full name Otto Fritz Harder
Date of birth (1892-11-25)25 November 1892
Place of birth Braunschweig, Germany
Date of death 4 March 1956(1956-03-04) (aged 63)
Place of death Hamburg, West Germany
Playing position Striker
Youth career
0000–1909 FC Hohenzollern Braunschweig
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1909–1912 Eintracht Braunschweig
1912 Hamburger FC
1912–1913 Eintracht Braunschweig
1913–1919 Hamburger FC
1917 Stettiner SC (wartime guest)
1919–1931 Hamburger SV
1931–1934 Victoria Hamburg
National team
1914–1926 Germany 15 (14)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Otto Fritz Harder (Nickname: Tull Harder) (born 25 November 1892 in Braunschweig, died 4 March 1956 in Hamburg) was a Footballer for Eintracht Braunschweig, Hamburger SV, and Victoria Hamburg. He won two German football championships and played 15 times in the German national team. Harder was a former SS officer and had been a warder at the Ahlem concentration camp in Hanover.


Harder spent most of his career with Hamburger SV. His football fame in Germany was comparable with Uwe Seeler's fame.[1][2] After his football career Harder was an SS-Untersturmführer (equivalent second lieutenant) and was a commander (Schutzhaftlagerführer) at the Ahlem camp.[3] After World War II Harder was convicted of war crimes by the British military court at the Curio house in Rotherbaum. He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment.[1] After the trial the Hamburger SV excluded him for a short time. In 1951 His Majesty 's Government pardoned Harder.[4] Harder moved to Bendestorf.

Harder died in a hospital in Hamburg after surgery in 1956.[1] The Hamburger SV published an obituary

Er war (...) stets ein guter Freund und treuer Kamerad.

— Vereinsnachrichten des Hamburger Sport-Verein, April 1956

'He was (...) always a good friend and faithful comrade.'[4]

For the world cup in 1974, the senate of Hamburg published the booklet Hamburg '74. Fußballweltmeisterschaft, which praised among others Josef Posipal, Uwe Seeler and Harder as role models for the young. The sheets mentioning Harder were removed.[4]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table.[5] Germany's goal tally first:

See also[edit]

Neuengamme concentration camp


  1. ^ a b c Staff (2002-06-26), "Tull" Harder - Vom Idol zum Kriegsverbrecher (in German),, retrieved 2008-08-21 
  2. ^ Peters, Fritz (1942), Tull Harder stürmt für Deutschlands Fussballruhm (in German), Hamburg: Falken, OCLC 72331632 
  3. ^ Schwab, Georg (2004-05-05), SS personnel serving at Neuengammer, Axis History site, retrieved 2008-08-21 
  4. ^ a b c Heinrich, Arthur, Tull Harder - Eine Karriere in Deutschland* (PDF) (in German), retrieved 2008-08-13 
  5. ^ "Otto Harder". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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