Franz Walter Stahlecker

Franz Walter Stahlecker ( October of October of 1900 – 23 of March of 1942 ) was a general of the Waffen-SS born in Sternenfels in the district of Enz in the state of Baden-Württemberg , Germany in 1900.


He was an administrative jurist, who joined the Nazi party in 1932, being chosen in 1934 as head of the Gestapo in the state of Württemberg 1 and soon assigned to the main office of the Security Service ( Sicherheitsdienst, SD ).

After the annexation of Austria in 1938 , Stahlecker became head of the SD in the district of the Danube in Vienna , a post he retained even after being promoted to SS-Standartenführer . 1

Stahlecker had differences of opinion with Reinhard Heydrich whereupon he moved to the Office of Foreign Affairs ( Auswärtiges Amt ), then held several positions in the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia under SS-Brigadeführer Karl Hermann Frank , and in 1940 in Norway , where he was promoted to SS-Oberführer (General).

Einsatzgruppe A

In June 1941 Stahlecker was promoted to the rank of SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor der Polizei ( SS Brigadier General and Major General of the Police), at the same time he rose as commander of Einsatzgruppe A, 2 the bloodiest of all Einsatzgruppen , hoping to continue his career with the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA), the German Security Police General Headquarters.

Einsatzgruppe A followed the Group of Northern Armies and operated in the Baltic states and areas of Russia including Leningrad . His mission was to detect and annihilate Jews, Gypsies, Communists and other undesirables . In the summer of 1941, Stahlecker reported to Berlin that Einsatzgruppe A had killed 249,420 Jews. Stahlecker died on March 23, 1942 , in a clash with Soviet Partisans near Krasnogvardeysk in the Soviet Union.


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b «Stahlecker, Franz Walter» . Shoah Resource Center . Yad Vashem. 2003 . Consulted on April 5, 2009 .
  2. Back to top^ Headland, Ronald (1992). Messages of murder: a study of the reports of the Einsatzgruppen of the Security Police and the Security Service, 1941-1943 (2nd edition). Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. P. 152. ISBN  0838634184 .