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Karl Frenzel
Born 28 August 1911 - 2 September 1996 (aged 85)
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Place of birth Zehdenick, Germany
Place of death Garbsen, Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch German Army
Years of service 1942 - 1945
Rank SS Officer
Battles/wars World War II

SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant) Karl Frenzel (August 28, 1911 – September 2, 1996[1]) was a Nazi concentration camp commandant during World War II. After the war he was convicted of war crimes, but ultimately released for health reasons.

Assigned to Sobibór extermination camp on August 28, 1942, he remained there until the prisoner revolt on October 14, 1943. During his stay he aided in the implementation of the Final Solution, taking part in the industrial-scale extermination of thousands of inmates as part of Operation Reinhard.[2]

In 1966 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for personally murdering six Jews, and for his part in the murder of a further 150,000 as Commandant of Sobibór's Lager (camp) No. I.[3] He was released on a technicality in 1982, re-tried, and again sentenced to life imprisonment. Due to ill health, the sentence was not imposed.[4]

In the 1987 movie Escape from Sobibor, Karl Frenzel was played by Kurt Raab.

Frenzel spent the last years of his life in a retirement home in Garbsen near Hannover. He died there on September 2, 1996.

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References

  1. ^ J. Schelvis, Sobibor: A History of a Nazi Death Camp, Berg: Oxford 2007, p. 250
  2. ^ *Arad, Yitzhak: Belzec, Sobibor, Treblinka: the Operation Reinhard death camps. Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1987, p. 191f.
  3. ^ "Sobibor, The Forgotten Revolt". http://www.sobibor.info/murderers.html.  
  4. ^ "Sobibor, The Forgotten Revolt". http://www.sobibor.info/confrontation.html.  







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