ORIGINAL 1944 DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THE ‘HANGMAN OF NEUENGAMME’

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EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL 1944 DOCUMENT, SIGNED BY THE ‘HANGMAN OF NEUENGAMME’

SS-UNTERSCHARFÜHRER WILHELM DREIMANN

Offered for sale is this rare original 1944 document, signed by SS-Unterscharführer Wilhelm Dreimann, nicknamed ‘The Hangman of Neuengamme’. Dreimann briefly worked for the Hamburg police department and in 1940 transferred to the guards of the Neuengamme concentration camp. From 1941 he acted as block leader in the Neuengamme concentration camp and from August 1942 to March 1943 he was deputy camp leader in the Neuengammer satellite camp in Wittenberge under Max Kirstein and then in the Salzgitter-Drütte subcamp . In the Neuengamme concentration camp, Dreimann was report leader from 1944 until the beginning of May 1945. In the course of the evacuation of the Neuengamme concentration camp, the last 700 inmates in the camp left on April 30, 1945, under the direction of the protective custody camp leader Anton Thumann and Wilhelm Dreimann, on an evacuation march from Neuengamme concentration camp in the direction of Flensburg.

The murder of 20 Jewish children in the basement of the Bullenhuser Damm school in Hamburg on the night of April 20-21, 1945 caused a public outcry shortly after the end of the war . The children aged five to twelve, half of them boys and girls, were brought from Auschwitz concentration camp to the Neuengamme concentration camp in November 1944, requested by the concentration camp doctor Kurt Heissmeyer.  After he had already carried out human experiments on Soviet prisoners of war, the children were infected with tuberculosis. Tissue samples were then taken from them to develop a vaccine. In order to eliminate the witnesses of this crime, SS-Obergruppenführer Oswald Pohl from Berlin ordered to “dissolve” the Heißmeyer department. In the basement of the school, Alfred Trzebinski injected the children with morphine and then – with the complicity of Arnold Strippel and Johann Frahm – they were hung on heating pipes. Their four caretakers and over 20 Soviet prisoners of war were also killed with the children. Dreimann had brought the children into the cellar. Dreimann, who was described by former prisoners as sadistic and brutal, hanged the three Polish nurses who had accompanied the children from Auschwitz to Neuengamme concentration camp on December 4, 1944 in the Neuengamme concentration camp bunker.

By testimony, Dreimann was also proven to be involved in a crime of the final phase in the Neuengamme concentration camp , in which 71 protective prisoners transferred from the Fuhlsbüttel police prison were murdered in the detention bunker of the Neuengamme concentration camp between April 21 and 23, 1945 .

After his arrest, he was charged on March 18, 1946 before a British military tribunal at the Neuengamme main trial for participating in crimes in the Neuengamme concentration camp, sentenced to death and on 8 October 1946 executed at Hameln prison Hameln.

This item ships from one of our affiliates in Germany. It comes from a private collection and has never been offered for sale before. It was purchased directly out of a German archive. The seller gives a full money back guarantee for the authenticity of the document and signature. Includes shipping worldwide.

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