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Walter Harzer (September 29, 1912 – May 29, 1982) was a German SS commander during the Nazi era. He commanded the SS Division Hohenstaufen and SS Polizei Division.
After the war, Harzer became active in HIAG, a lobby group established by senior Waffen-SS men in 1951 in West Germany. He acted as the organisation’s official historian, coordinating the writing and publications of revisionist unit histories, which appears in German via the Munin Verlag imprint.
Paul Hausser, 7 October 1880 – 21 December 1972, was a high-ranking commander in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II who played a key role in the post-war efforts by former members of the Waffen-SS to achieve historical and legal rehabilitation.
Hausser served as an officer in the Prussian Army during World War I and attained the rank of general in the inter-war Reichsheer. After retirement, he joined the Schutzstaffel (SS) of Nazi Germany and was instrumental in forming the Waffen-SS. During World War II, he rose to the level of army group commander. He led Waffen-SS troops in the Third Battle of Kharkov, the Battle of Kursk and the Normandy Campaign. Hausser was the highest-ranking officer in the Waffen-SS alongside Sepp Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, Hausser was a professional staff officer before joining the SS.
After the war, Hausser became a founding member and the first spokesperson of HIAG, a lobby group, and a veterans’ organization, founded by former high-ranking Waffen-SS personnel in West Germany in 1951. It campaigned for the restoration of legal and economic rights of the Waffen-SS employing a multi-prong propaganda campaign to achieve its aims.
Hausser wrote two books, published by right-wing imprints, arguing the purely military role of the Waffen-SS and advancing the notion that its troops were “soldiers like any other”, according to the title of the second book. Under Hausser’s leadership, HIAG reshaped the image of the Waffen-SS as a so-called pan-European force that fought honorably and had no part in war crimes or Nazi atrocities.
Willi Hein, 26 April 1917 in Hohenweststedt, Rendsburg, 25. October 2000 in Lauenburg, was a German officer of the Waffen-SS, most recently Hauptsturmführer and the Knight’s Cross holder.
Peter Högl, 19 August 1897 – 2 May 1945, was a German officer holding the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) who was a member of one of Adolf Hitler’s bodyguard units. He spent time in the Führerbunker in Berlin at the end of World War II. Högl later died from wounds received during the break-out on 2 May 1945 while crossing the Weidendammer Bridge under heavy fire in Berlin.
Edwin Jung, born January 11, 1907, in Westerhausen in the Harz, † in the 20th century, was a German physician.
Around 1933, Jung joined the SS (membership number 255.916), in which he successively was assigned to the 21st SS standard (6 March 1933 to 18 November 1934), the 16th SS standard (19 November 1934 to 31. March 1935) and the 5th SS standard (1 April 1935 to 14 October 1935).
In October 1935, Jung was transferred to the Columbiahaus concentration camp in Berlin as a site surgeon. In early 1936, he moved as a camp doctor in the Dachau concentration camp , where he remained until 1937. In 1938 and 1939, he worked in the Sanitätsabteilung at the Inspector of the SS Totenkopfverbände and concentration camps . During the Second World War , Jung was regimental physician at the SS Totenkopf Artillery Regiment from 1939 to 1942 and then Division Medical Officer at the SS Cavalry Division from 1942 to 1943, and Division Medical Officer at the 9th SS Panzer Division from 1943 to 1944 “Hohenstaufen”, In the last months of the war he was corps doctor of the II. SS Panzer Corps and the XIII. SS Army Corps .
At the end of the war, Jung fell into Allied captivity. As a result, he was interrogated as a witness in the Nuremberg trials .
Josef “Sepp” Janko (9 November 1905 — 25 September 2001) was a Volksgruppenführer (“Group Leader”) of the Danube Swabian German Cultural Association (Schwäbisch-Deutschen Kulturbundes) in Yugoslavia in 1939, and later was appointed SS Obersturmführer during World War II.
Franz-Josef Kneipp in normandy, he was signal officer in the III./SS-Panzergrenadier Rgt. 25. He was severely wounded on July 8, 1944 near Buron while standing in the turret of a tank and captured by Canadian troops.
Hugo Gottfried Kraas, 25 January 1911 – 20 February 1980, was a German member in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany who served with the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and was the last commander of the SS Division Hitlerjugend. He was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Following the war, Kraas was investigated by Italian and West German authorities for the murder of Italian Jews in 1943.
Otto Kumm (1 October 1909 – 23 March 2004) was a German divisional commander in the Waffen-SS during World War II and a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. After the war, he became one of the founders of HIAG, a lobby group and a revisionist organization of former Waffen-SS members.