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Karl Eberhard Schöngarth
22 April 1903 - 16 May 1946
Place of birth Leipzig
Place of death Hameln (Hanged)
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg SS
Years of service 1924 - 1945
Rank SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Polizei
Awards War Merit Cross First Class with Swords
War Merit Cross Second Class with Swords
Other work Participant in genocide; executed as a war criminal

Dr. Karl Eberhard Schöngarth,SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Polizei, (Major General), (April 22, 1903 – May 16, 1946) was a German Nazi associated with the Holocaust during World War II.

Schöngarth was born in Leipzig, Saxony. He became a member of the SD Intelligence Service of the SS in 1933. He was later made head of SIPO Security Police. He was then appointed Commander of the Gestapo in the Netherlands.

During the time Schöngarth was stationed in Kraków, Poland, he formed an Einsatzgruppen Special Action Group. He was responsible for the murder of up to 4,000 Jewish citizens and massacre of Lviv professors between July and September 1941.

Schöngarth attended the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, along with Dr Rudolf Lange (Einsatzgruppen A) who also had participated in genocide.

Schöngarth was captured at the end of the war. He was found guilty of murdering a downed Allied pilot (which occurred on November 21, 1944) by a British Court in Burgsteinfurt on February 11, 1946. He was executed by hanging on May 16, 1946.

In the 2001 HBO film Conspiracy Schöngarth was played by Peter Sullivan.

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