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Object ID

2012.1.379

Object Name

Letter

Date

4-1-1940

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Tan paper with typewritten messages on either side, baring several signatures.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Theodor Eicke (1892-1943) was a German Military Officer, Commander of the SS-Divison Totenkopf of the Waffen-SS and one of the key figures in the establishment of concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Eicke was involved in the execution of SA chief Ernst Rohm during the purge known as the "Night of the Long Knives". As a division commander of the SS Totenkopf, Eicke writes in1940 to Berlin concerning a notorious SS Obersturmfuhrer Friedrich Fritz Hartjenstein. Eicke discusses a transfer of Hartjenstein, indicating that there was no room for an officer of his rank in his (Eicke's) division. Hartjenstein would join Eicke's Totenkopf division later in 1941. As commandant of the Dachau concentration camp, and inspector of concentration camps in general , Eicke was a stern disciplinarian who set- for the SS who ran the camps-merciless standards for managing the prisoners . He was killed in 1943 when his aircraft was shot down in the Soviet Union.

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11 3/4 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

German Military, Officer Commander of the SS-Divison, Totenkopf of the Waffen-SS, Berlin, Theodor Eicke, Michael Lippert

Letter from Theodor Eicke

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