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Werner Best

Born10 Jul 1903
Died23 Jun 1989
CountryGermany
CategoryGovernment
GenderMale

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

Werner Best was born in Darmstadt, Germany. He was a high-ranking official of the SS; before 1939 he was the head of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA), and between 1939 and 1940 deputy of Reinhard Heydrich. In 1940, he was appointed the civilian administrator in France. In 1942, he became the Reichsbevollmächtigter, Reich's Plenipotentiary, of Denmark. He enjoyed a relatively good working relationship with King Christian X despite the King's image as the symbolic head of the Danish resistance. He remained in Denmark until the end of the war. When the war ended, he was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death by a Danish court for his involvement with the deportation of Danish Jews. He was pardoned and released, however, in 1951. Best died in Mülheim, Germany in 1989.

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10 Jul 1903 Werner Best was born.
23 Jun 1989 Werner Best passed away.

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Werner Best with representative of the Hungarian police in Berlin, Germany, Feb 1939Prime Minister of Denmark Erik Scavenius and German Plenipotentiary Werner Best, Denmark, circa 1942-1943




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  1. Alan Chanter says:
    28 Jan 2010 05:46:26 AM

    Quite amazing how this vile monster escaped the hangmans rope. Lets not forget that it was he who legalized the Gestapo to unleash a reign of fear and terror across Europe. The dawn arrests (often on the flimsiest of excuses),torture and summary executions can all be placed at the door of Himmler's protege.

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