Nazi Special Treatment

Posted: August 15, 2010 in World War 2

Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei und Waffen-SS

Kaltenbrunner passed much of his period of captivity in a state of craven fear. The examining doctors reported, “He has a weak vacillating will & an emotionally unstable schizoid personality.” Stripped of his power, he now cringes and complains that he was only a tool of Himmler & an unimportant one at that. He weeps at the slightest provocation. He is the bully type – strong & hard when on top, cringing & crying when not. Giving evidence, Kaltenbrunner resorted desperately to bluster, evasion & lying. Confronted with hundreds of documents bearing his signature, he vehemently denied having signed any. He even claimed to have believed that “special treatment”, the normal Gestapo euphemism for “executing” really meant “sending to an alpine resort.” He was found guilty & went to the gallows on October 16th, 1946.

From Gestapo: Hitler’s Secret Police (BBC Special)


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