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Fritz Sauckel

Given NameFritz
Born27 Oct 1894
Died16 Oct 1946


ww2dbaseErnst Friedrich Christoph "Fritz" Sauckel was born in Ha├čfurt in the Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany to a postman and a seamstress. He joined the Norwegian-Swedish merchant marine at the age of 15 and remained a sailor until the German ship he worked on was captured while en route to Australia. He was imprisoned in France between Aug 1914 and Nov 1919. He returned to Germany after WW1 and worked at a factory in Schweinfurt, Bavaria. Between 1922 and 1923, he studied engineering at Ilmenau Technical University in Th├╝ringia, Germany. He joined the Nazi Party in 1923 as member number 1,395. He married Elisabeth Wetzel in 1924, with whom he would father ten children. In 1927, he was appointed the Gauleiter of Th├╝ringia, a position he would hold until the German surrender at the end of the European War in 1945. In 1932, he took on the role of the Minister President of Th├╝ringia, and then in 1933, the Reichsstatthalter of Th├╝ringia. In 1934, he was given the honorary rank of Obergruppenf├╝hrer ("Senior Group Leader") in the SA and the SS. When the European War began in 1939, Sauckel was the defense commissioner for the Kassel district. On 21 Mar 1942, he was named the General Plenipotentiary for Labour Deployment on the recommendation of Albert Speer. As the official responsible for directing German labor during war time, he met the high demands for workers by rounding up forced labors from occupied territories, mostly from Eastern Europe. After the end of the war, he was tried for various crimes at Nuremberg, including crimes against humanity. He denied the charges of slavery and denied that he had intentionally worked people to death. He was found guilty and was sentenced to death, which was carried out by hanging in 1946. His last recorded words were "Ich sterbe unschuldig, mein Urteil ist ungerecht. Gott besch├╝tze Deutschland!" ("I die innocent, my sentence is unjust. God protect Germany!").

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Last Major Revision: Dec 2008

Fritz Sauckel Timeline

27 Oct 1894 Fritz Sauckel was born.
21 Mar 1942 Adolf Hitler placed Fritz Sauckel in charge of mobilizing forced laborers from occupied territories.
23 Jul 1943 German leader Fritz Sauckel ordered improvements in the living conditions for Eastern European workers in Germany who performed their functions well.
16 Oct 1946 Fritz Sauckel passed away.


Portrait of Sauckel, 1933Accused German war criminals in the dock, N├╝rnberg, Germany, 22 Nov 1945G├Âring, He├č, Ribbentrop, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner, Rosenberg, Frank, Frick, Streicher, Funk, Schacht, D├Ânitz, Raeder, Schirach, Sauckel, Jodl, Papen, Sey├č-Inquart, Speer, Neurath; N├╝rnberg Ger., Dec 1945G├Âring, He├č, Ribbentrop, Keitel, Kaltenbrunner, Rosenberg, Frank, Frick, Streicher, Funk, Schacht, D├Ânitz, Raeder, Schirach, Sauckel, Jodl, Papen, Sey├č-Inquart, Speer, Neurath; N├╝rnberg Ger., Dec 1945
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1. Anonymous says:
5 Oct 2013 08:52:09 AM

The scumbag got what he deserved.
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