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2012.1.385

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Letter

Date

7-3-1944

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Typewritten letter on "Der Höhere SS-Und Polizeiführer" stationery. Includes signature in black.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Jurgen Stroop (1895-1952) was an SS and Police leader of the Poland-Warsaw area. It was Stroop who, during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, ordered its suppression. His order cost the lives of tens of thousands. As his forces were forced back by heavy resistance, he ordered the entire ghetto be burned down, building by building, and the killing or deportation to extermination camps of all of its inhabitants. Afterwards, in an elaborately prepared report to Himmler, now referred to as "The Stroop Report" he boasted that "the Warsaw Ghetto is no more." This report would later be used as evidence at the Nuremberg Trials. Stroop was tried and executed by the Poles in 1952. Rare TLS on his "Der Hohere SS und Polizeifuhrer" letterhead, Wiesbaden. Sent to SS-Gruppenfuhrer and Waffen SS Generaleutnant Maximilan von Herff in Berlin. The letter thanked him for sending an edition of the "New German Cultural Atlas, which I would like to study..."

Maximilian von Herff (1893-1945) commanded a corps in North Africa and later assisted Stroop in overseeing the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. He died of illness as a POW.

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11 1/2 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Police leader, poland, Warsaw ghetto, Warsaw, ghetto, Jurgen Von Stroop, Maximilian Herff

Letter from Jurgen Stroop

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