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Paul Sporrenberg

Paul Sporrenberg in SS-Uniform (Quelle: LHA Koblenz)

* 27 March 1896 in Venlo (Netherlands)

† 7 December 1961 in Mönchengladbach

 

Although Paul Sporrenberg was born in the Netherlands, he was German by birth. After training to become a merchant, he volunteered for the First World War and afterwards worked as a representative in the textile industry.  Sporrenberg joined the NSDAP and the SA in 1922, before switching from the SA to the SS in 1933. At the beginning of the Second World War he was drafted into the Wehrmacht and assigned to a vehicle division in Düsseldorf.  He moved over to the SS in the Hinzert Camp in February 1940 and took over its management when he became Camp Commandant in April 1942. He was then appointed Major (Hauptsturmführer) in November 1943 and ran the camp until it was placed under the jurisdiction of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The staunch National Socialist was initially able to hide after the war.  It was not until 1959 that he was arrested in Mönchengladbach. Trier prosecutors pressed charges against him, accusing him of: personally overseeing the death of prisoners in at least 60 cases where he mistreated or damaged their health; cruelly murdering prisoners in nine cases; and carrying out the execution of 23 Luxembourgers on 25 February 1944, although the prosecution did not seek a death sentence.  Sporrenberg died before the opening of the trial.

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