Dirlewinger Brigade - the criminally insane led by a paedophile

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Dirlewinger Brigade - the criminally insane led by a paedophile

Post by DasPrussian » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:01 pm

Out of all the serial killer regiments of the Waffen SS , there is one that stands out as being the most vile and depraved . This was the so called 'Dirlewinger Brigade' which operated in various European theatres of war, but is mainly remembered for committing crimes against humanity in Belarus and in the Warsaw uprising.

It was led by an individual by the name of Oskar Dirlewanger, and what follows is a little pen-portrait of him and his brigade, highlighting the sort of vile character that he was , along with the degenerates that served him : ( courtesy of wikipedia )

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1) He was "a known sadist" and "often called the most evil man in the SS" ( which must have took some serious doing to obtain that accolade !) .

2) After working in a factory knitting jumpers he became a violent alcoholic and in 1934 was convicted of the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl and stealing government property ( in other words he was a filthy paedophile and thief, which obviously stood him in good stead for a career in the SS )

3) Soon after, he was arrested again for sexual assault ( We've got a right one here !)

4) In 1940 he begged Himmler to be released and managed to obtain an assignment training a partisan-hunting military unit under his own control, composed of men convicted of poaching. ( 1940's equivalent of the 'pikey' )

5) Within a couple of years, the unit grew into a band of common criminals

6) The recruits sent into Dirlewanger's band were convicted of major crimes such as premeditated murder, rape, arson and burglary. ( A bit like the 'Dirty Dozen' but these degenerates took 'dirty' a bit too far )

7) Dirlewanger provided them with an opportunity to commit atrocities on such a scale that even the SS executioners complained ! ( How effin depraved was their crimes if even the SS complained ???? :o :o )

8) The historian Martin Windrow described them as a "terrifying rabble" of "cut-throats, renegades, sadistic morons, and cashiered rejects from other units". ( But get on the wrong side of them and it'd be no more Mr Nice guy )

9) Those convicted of other more severe crimes, including the criminally insane, joined the unit. ( Christ, just when things couldn't get any more sicker )

10) During the organization's time in the Soviet Union, Dirlewanger burned women and children alive and let starved packs of dogs feed on them ! ( Barry's parents ? )

11) He was known to hold large formations with the sole purpose of injecting Jews with strychnine ! ( Must have went to the same uni as fellow sicko Mengele )

12) According to journalist and author, Matthew Cooper, "wherever the Dirlewanger unit operated, corruption and rape formed an every-day part of life and indiscriminate slaughter, beatings and looting were rife".

13) Dirlewanger's preferred method of operation was to gather civilians in a barn, set it on fire and shoot with machine guns anyone who tried to escape .

14) According to the historian Martin Kitchen, the unit,"committed such shocking atrocities in the Soviet Union, in the pursuit of partisans, that even an SS court was called upon to investigate." ( But the case was dropped when 3 of the investigation team were found dead - minus their genitals)

15) Recruits were to come from criminals, Eastern volunteers (Osttruppen) and military delinquents. ( Which luckily for Oskar, there was never a shortage of in Nazi Germany )

16) In May 1943, the eligibility to volunteer for service in the regiment was extended to all criminals and as a result 500 men convicted of the most severe crimes were absorbed into the regiment. ( More severe than kiddy fiddling :o ???? )

17) Large numbers of amnestied criminals were sent to rebuild the regiment by February 1944. ( But they kept stealing the gear and selling it to the Gypsies on the black market )

18) Acting on orders that came directly from Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, Kaminski's and Dirlewanger's men were given a free hand to rape, loot, torture and butcher. ( After Himmler was threatened with a severe bumming by Oskar's hairdresser )

19) In what became known as the Wola massacre, Kaminski and Dirlewanger personnel indiscriminately massacred Polish combatants along with civilian men, women and children, in the Wola District of Warsaw. Up to 40,000 civilians were murdered in Wola in less than two weeks of August, including all hospital patients and staff. ( Just another normal day at the office !)


If all this is true then what an absolute disgraceful piece of filth this man was . But then again it was the SS, so what would one expect ?

The full wikipedia article is here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirlewanger_Brigade

Note, I searched on here to see if this topic had cropped up before. All I saw was a post from Cerdic and some comments from Black Rabbit who quoted some decodes viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1425&hilit=dirlewa ... =20#p50311. Other brief mentions appeared in Siberia and the lounge.
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Re: Dirlewinger Brigade - the criminally insane led by a paedophile

Post by Scott » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:40 pm

Difficult to separate the truth from the fiction. Like the stories about Mengele's medical experiments on twins, I would not take any of it without a shaker of salt.

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Re: Dirlewinger Brigade - the criminally insane led by a paedophile

Post by Hans » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:39 am

Scott wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:40 pm
Difficult to separate the truth from the fiction.
Not quite so, he was even investigated by the SD for misconducts, which included racial defilement, abuse of his own men, extortion, illegal hunting, illegal confiscations, illegal arrests and illegal killings in the Generalgouverment.

See also Dirlewanger to an SS Investigator on Poisoning of Jews.

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Post by Werd » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:57 am

Hans wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:39 am
Not quite so, he was even investigated by the SD for misconducts, which included racial defilement, abuse of his own men, extortion, illegal hunting, illegal confiscations, illegal arrests and illegal killings in the Generalgouverment.

See also Dirlewanger to an SS Investigator on Poisoning of Jews.
Is there perhaps a book written about this guy full of documentation of all the crimes he committed?

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Post by Rev2018 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:12 am

It seems exaggerated to say the least... I bet there are more details added over the years and if we compared the story from the wartime to the current one, there would be many differences. Once a person is labeled as evil, people add to his 'crimes' so he fits the label. Only verified and documented cases should be taken into consideration.

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Post by Turnagain » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:16 am

Werd wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:57 am
Hans wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:39 am
Not quite so, he was even investigated by the SD for misconducts, which included racial defilement, abuse of his own men, extortion, illegal hunting, illegal confiscations, illegal arrests and illegal killings in the Generalgouverment.

See also Dirlewanger to an SS Investigator on Poisoning of Jews.
Is there perhaps a book written about this guy full of documentation of all the crimes he committed?
Hey, Das Prussian quoted that totally unbiased and absolutely, 100% reliable source for all things Nazis and Jews, WIKIPEDIA! What more could you ask for, Werd?

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Post by Huntinger » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:03 am

Turnagain wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:16 am
Hey, Das Prussian quoted that totally unbiased and absolutely, 100% reliable source for all things Nazis and Jews, WIKIPEDIA! What more could you ask for, Werd?
Oskar Dirlewanger was born in Wurzburg on 26 September 1895. During World War One, he reached the rank of lieutenant and won the Iron Cross. Between 1919 and 1921 he was involved in the suppression of communist risings in the Ruhr and Saxony, also serving in the Freikorps in Upper Silesia.
It would be helpful to get more information on this person. The report given by DP is totally biased; he is looking through the lens of its own culture and sexual prohibitions. The age of consent in Germany was always 14 providing that the other was not 21 or over, otherwise it raised to 16: the 16 year age of consent is similar to most of the world except the US. The federal law establishes the age of 12 as the minimum age of consent, while the age at which there are no restrictions for consensual sexual activities is 18 (sex with someone 12-18 is not illegal per se, but can still be open to prosecution under certain circumstances). Where the age of consent is 18 in some Southern States men are called Paedofile for an act which they did elsewhere is perfectly legal.
Dirlewanger served for a time in the Lublin district supervising the building defence fortifications along the Bug River at Belzec and the Jewish camp at Dzikow, and SSPF for the Lublin district and was again recommended him for promotion this time by Odilo Globocnik on the 5 August 1941.
Dirlewanger was known to lead his soldiers into combat personally which was unusual for someone of his rank; he was wounded many times in combat. Dirlewanger received the clasp to his Iron Cross II on May 24, 1942, and that to his Iron Cross I on September 16, 1942 and received the German Cross in Gold on December 5, 1943 in recognition of his regiment's successes during this time.
His unit was also active in the suppression of the Polish uprising in Warsaw which commenced in August 1944. By the 5 August Dirlewanger had sixteen officers and 865 men in Warsaw. While the fighting was in progress the unit received 2,500 troops of which 1,900 came from the SS Prison Camp at Matzkau near Danzig. At the end of the uprising Dirlewanger had only 648 men left.
Dirlewanger received his final promotion, to SS-Oberfuehrer der Reserve, on August 15th 1944 and for his actions in the Warsaw uprising he was awarded the Knights Cross on September 30, 1944. He perished on 7 June 1945, cause unknown.
He was the "Kellys Heroes" of the 3rd Reich and has obviously been demonized by the likes of "you know who".
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Re: Dirlewinger Brigade - the criminally insane led by a paedophile

Post by Hans » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:54 am

Werd wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:57 am
Hans wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:39 am
Not quite so, he was even investigated by the SD for misconducts, which included racial defilement, abuse of his own men, extortion, illegal hunting, illegal confiscations, illegal arrests and illegal killings in the Generalgouverment.

See also Dirlewanger to an SS Investigator on Poisoning of Jews.
Is there perhaps a book written about this guy full of documentation of all the crimes he committed?
There are apparently some books on Dirlewanger, but I have not read them and cannot tell how good these are.

The crime that he killed Jews with a poison (without any order) is obviously true as he confirmed this towards SS investigators.

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Post by Huntinger » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:01 am

Hans wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:54 am
There are apparently some books on Dirlewanger, but I have not read them and cannot tell how good these are.

The crime that he killed Jews with a poison (without any order) is obviously true as he confirmed this towards SS investigators.
A very interesting man, a bit of a Maverick so to speak. No charges were brought against this person it would seem due to intervention by the Reichsführer-SS. It would be great to read an unbiased book on this person, who seems to have more in common with a sociopath than a soldier. Why on earth would he poison people when it is the norm to just well shoot em. Most of the information on the net is just biased crap like DP posted. Anything else would be appreciated. Thank you. :)
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Post by DasPrussian » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:53 pm

I found this on the Axis History Forum. It is an extract from "XV: Judgment: (B) Judgment: Count Five - War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity; Atrocities and Offenses Committed Against Civilian Populations", in Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals Under Control Council Law No. 10. Vol. 14: United States of America v. Ernst von Weizsaecker, et al. (Case 11: 'Ministries Case'). US Government Printing Office, District of Columbia: 1952 and was posted by David Thompson. https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic ... 08bab38922

According to witness Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski :
in 1943 continual complaints were made about Dirlewanger's behavior and that Lieutenant General Schwarznecker made complaints that Dirlewanger had shot a large number of people in reprisal measures.
According to defence witness Walter Hennings :
He admits that the Dirlewanger unit was composed not only of poachers, but also of purely criminal offenders, and if Dirlewanger had committed any atrocities it was Berger's duty to have him investigated and conduct proceedings against him.
According to Gottlob Berger (Chief of Staff for the SS) :
Dirlewanger was an old comrade of Berger's from the First World War, and while a savage and skillful fighter, was a man of unsavory character in many respects, which Berger himself admits
Dirlewanger had been convicted of sexual crimes against a minor, but Berger asserts that he was of the opinion that the conviction was the result of a personal quarrel which Dirlewanger had with one of the Nazi officials;
Note : something in Direlwanger's favour for a change ! ^^
It ( Dirlewanger's brigade) was assigned to the East and immediately started on a career of savagery, plunder, and corruption, which brought it to the unfavorable attention of German officials who had an opportunity to learn of its conduct.
According to Konrad Morgen :
In the beginning of 1942 he noticed that there had been many convictions of the members of the Dirlewanger unit for plundering and mistreatment of the civilian population. He discovered that all the members of this battalion had been previously convicted of offenses. There were also complaints against Dirlewanger.
His investigation at Lublin among German agencies and the Security Police revealed that this unit was a pest and a terror to the population; that Dirlewanger on repeated occasions plundered the ghettos in Lublin, would arrest Jews on the charge of ritual murder, exact blackmail up to 15000 zlotys, and if the money was not forthcoming have the victim shot. It was charged that he arrested young Jewesses, called in a small circle of friends, stripped the women of their clothes, beat them, and finally gave them an injection of strychnine and watched them die; that the testimony concerning these incidents was obtained by witnesses and the criminal police.
The witness deemed it urgent to arrest Dirlewanger and to investigate these frightful crimes. He reported to Obergruppenfuehrer Krueger at Krakow and asked for an order of arrest. Krueger reported that there was nothing he could do because he was not competent and that the detachment was subordinate exclusively to the orders of Berger. Krueger immediately phoned Berger at Berlin, and after denouncing Dirlewanger, informed Berger that unless "this bunch of criminals disappeared from the Government General within a week I will go myself and lock them up." Berger finally promised to do everything he could, and in approximately 2 weeks the unit was transferred but not, as the witness thought, to the Reich and Dirlewanger punished, but to his surprise, it was sent to Central Russia, to Mogilev. However, the witness sent the files with the report to the commander and the supreme judicial authority concerned, but nothing was done and Dirlewanger was promoted.
Note : Berger attacks the testimony and credibility of Morgen , but his own report to Himmler corroborates what Morgen is actually saying !!

As per (NO-2455, Pros. Ex. 2391):

"Now it is peculiar that the surprise attacks by partisans started all of a sudden when Dr. Dirlewanger's Sonderkommando was removed from the district by more or less fair means.

"Perhaps this is also now a warning that a savage country cannot be governed in a 'decent manner' and that the Sonderkommando's policy 'to rather shoot two Poles too many than one too few' was right.

"Considering the weakness of this commando and referring to the following data, I request permission to again comb the penal institutions in close collaboration with SS Gruppenfuehrer Mueller, and after thoroughly examining them, to train all men sentenced for poaching and to use them for reinforcing the old Sonderkommando, and for forming a new second one."


In July 1943 defense witness Braeutigam submitted to Berger a series of reports of murder and outrages committed against the helpless inhabitants of White Ruthenia which, as the Reich Commissioner for that territory stated :
"if the treatment of the indigenous population in the occupied eastern territories is continued in the same manner which has been used up to now, not only by the police but also by the OT (Organization Todt), then in the coming winter we may expect not partisans but the revolt of the whole country. * * * The regiment Dirlewanger is particularly prominent in that type of operation. It is composed almost exclusively of previously convicted criminals of Germany."
On 4 May 1944 Berger wrote Brandt, head of Himmler's personal staff (NO-5884, Pros. Ex. 2396):
"In the case of the Dirlewanger regiment and the whipping scene at Minsk, a letter from Reichsleiter Rosenberg was sent to the Reich Leader SS. Since the Reich Leader SS has not yet approached me on this subject I assume that you have kept this letter back for the time being. Like other letters, it did not go through my hands, or I would have changed it."
Berger's personal interest and sense of proprietorship in Dirlewanger and his brigade is shown by his communication of 19 October 1943, wherein he stated (NO-621, Pros. Ex. 2394):
"This change of opinion is probably due to the unqualified conduct of my special unit Dr. Dirlewanger who, so far as I can ascertain, has behaved in a most unsatisfactory manner in every respect."
So, it seems it is from Nuremberg where the most of the source material originates from that enables us to arrive at the conclusion that Oskar Dirlewanger was a right bad 'un .
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