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Between 1925 and 1945, the German SS grew from a mere eight members to over a quarter of a million Waffen-SS and well over a million Allgemeine-SS members. The following list of SS personnel gives the names of persons who are counted among the organization's most famous, influential, and sometimes notorious members.


Adolf Hitler

Oberster SA-Führer and SS Member # 1 Adolf Hitler at SA Parade Nuremberg September 1935; SA at the left; SS man Jakob Grimminger behind car

Prior to 1934 the SS were nominally under the command of the Sturmabteilung[1] and so it could be said that both Adolf Hitler as Oberster SA-Führer and Ernst Röhm as Stabschef SA outranked the most senior SS position of Reichsführer. Following the Night of the Long Knives Hitler "raised the SS, hitherto subordinate to the SA, to the rank of an independent organisation".[2] Hitler also was considered SS Member #1, Emil Maurice (considered the founder the SS) was Member #2, while Himmler was SS Member #168. Based on the seniority system of SS membership number, this made Hitler senior in the SS to all other members even if not by rank.

After the Night of the Long Knives, when the SS became independent from the SA, Hitler was listed on SS officer rolls as Member #1 and considered supreme commander of the entire SS by virtue of his position as the Führer of Germany. There is no photographic record of Hitler ever wearing an actual SS uniform nor was there a special SS insignia for Hitler above that worn by Himmler

SS generals

Rank Collar insignia
Reichsführer Ss-reichsfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Julius Schreck First Reichsführer SS
Hitler's chauffer
Later held the ranks of SS Standartenführer and SS-Oberführer
Posthumously awarded the ranks SS Brigadeführer and SS Ehrenführer of the SS Regiment Munich
5 1925 53
Joseph Berchtold Second Reichsführer of the SS
August 1923 750
Erhard Heiden Third Reichsführer SS
Heinrich Himmler Reichsführer SS and Chief of German Police
Minister of the Interior
Chief of the replacement Army
168 February 1925 14303
Karl Hanke Final Reichsführer SS
203013 25 February 1934 102606
Rank Collar insignia
Oberstgruppenführer Ss-oberstgruppenfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Kurt Daluege Commander of the Ordnungspolizei 1119 1928 31981
Sepp Dietrich Commander of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) and later the 6th SS Panzer Army 1177 5 May 1928 89015
Paul Hausser Commander of the II SS Panzer Corps 239795 February 1934 4158779
Franz Xaver Schwarz NSDAP Treasurer 38500 16 September 1931 6
Rank Collar insignia
Obergruppenführer Ss-obergruppenfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Max Amann Honorary SS Member/Party leader for the Reich of the Department Press 53143 3
Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski Higher SS and Police Leader of Central Russia 9831 489101
Herbert Backe Minister of Agriculture 1944-1945 22766 1 October 1933 87882
Gottlob Berger Commander of the SS-Hauptamt 275991 426875
Werner Best Reich Plenipotentiary of Denmark 23377 341338
Wilhelm Bittrich Waffen SS combat commander, II SS Panzerkorps 39177 1934 829700
Ernst Wilhelm Bohle Leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party Foreign Organization 276915 13 Sept 1933 999185
Philipp Bouhler Head of the Action T4

Party Leader for the Reich in charge of the Führer Chancellery

54932 12
Martin Bormann Secretary of Hitler

Party leader for the Reich in charge of the NSDAP Chancellery

555 September 1929 60508
Franz Breithaupt Commanding general of the SS and Police Courts 39719 602663
Walter Buch Party Leader for the Reich as Chairman of the Inquiry and Mediation Board 81353 1 July 1933 7733
Richard Walther Darré First Commander of the SS Race Office
Minister of the Reich for Food and Agriculture
6882 248156
Karl-Maria Demelhuber Commanded the SS-Standarte Germania, 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division Nord, XII. SS-Armeekorps and XVI. SS-Armeekorps. 252392 15 March 1935 4439
Otto Dietrich Party Leader for the Reich as NSDAP Press Chief
Honorary rank
101349 126727
Joachim Albrecht Eggeling Gauleiter of Saxony and Anhalt
High President of Merseburg
186155 1935 11579
Theodor Eicke Commander of the SS Totenkopf Division 2921 August 1930 114901
Karl Fiehler Lord mayor of Munich/Party Leader of the Reich in charge of the communal policy 91724 31 July 1933 37
Albert Forster Gauleiter of Danzig
Hans Frank Governor-General of Poland
Karl Hermann Frank Higher SS and Police Leader of Bohemia and Moravia 310460 6600002
Herbert Otto Gille Waffen SS commander 39854 537337
Curt von Gottberg Also General der Waffen-SS 45.923 September 1932 948.753
Ernst-Robert Grawitz Also General of Waffen SS; Reichsarzt SS and Polizei; Head of German red Cross; son in law of SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Siegfried Taubert November 1931
Arthur Greiser Gauleiter of Reichsgau Wartheland 10795 1929 166635
Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorf Not member of SS, but wore the uniform of an SS Obergruppenführer uniform in his capacity as Polizeipresident Berlin

SA Obergruppenführer

August Heissmeyer Commander of the SS Education Department 4370 21573
Rudolf Hess Also Deputy-Führer of the NSDAP until 1941 50 1 November 1925 16
Konrad Henlein Gauleiter of the Sudetenland 310307 6600001
Maximilian von Herff Commander of the SS Personnel Department 405 894 1 April 1942 8858661
Reinhard Heydrich Chief of the RSHA 10120 14 July 1931 544916
Karl Hoefer Oldest member of SS-born 29 December 1862 276 338.
Hermann Hoefle Higher SS and Police Leader in Slovakia 463903 3924970
Anton von Hohberg und Buchwald Former East Prussia SS–Oberabschnittsreiterführer (regional SS Cavalry leader); murdered by order of Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski 1934
Ulrich Greifelt Reich commissioner for the Strengthening of Germanism 72909 1667407
Friedrich Jeckeln Higher SS and Police Leader of Eastern Russia 4367 12 January 1930 163348
Hans Juttner Commander of the SS-Führungshauptamt 264497 541163
Ernst Kaltenbrunner Second Commander of the RSHA 13039 300179
Hans Kammler Head of V-2 program 113619 20 May 1933 1011855
Wilhelm Karl Keppler Secretary of state in Foreign Office 50816 62424
Matthias Kleinheisterkamp Waffen SS Divisional and Corps Commander 132399 8 January 1934 4158838
Paul (“Pilli”) Körner Staatssekretär 714 328 1931 714328
Friedrich Wilhelm Kruger Higher SS and Police Leader of Poland 6123 February 1931 3995130
Walter Krüger Commander of :
4th SS Polizei Panzer Division
2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
IV SS Panzer Corps
VI SS Panzer Corps
266184 3991530
Hans Lammers Minister of the Reich/Head of the Reich Chancellery
Honorary rank
118404 1010355
Werner Lorenz Commander of the Office of Ethnic Germanization (SS-Hauptamt Volkdeutsche Mittelstelle) 6636 1931 337994
Dr Heinrich von Maur Born 19 July 1863. Char. General der Artillerie
Regional leader of the NS-Reichskriegerbund (Veterans WWI NS association)in Wurttemberg
276907 5890310
Konstantin von Neurath German Foreign Minister 1932-1938 1937
Günther Pancke Higher SS and Police Leader of Denmark
Waffen-SS General
10110 1931 282737
Artur Phleps Commander of the 7.SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division Prinz Eugen 401214
Oswald Pohl Commander of the SS Economics and Administration Office (WVHA) 147614 1933 30842
Joachim von Ribbentrop Foreign minister 1938 - 1945 63083 February 1938 1199927
Erwin Rösener Higher SS and Police Leader SS-Oberabschnitt 'Alpenland' (Wehrkreis XVIII; HQ: Salzburg)
24 Nov 1941-8 May 1945
3575 1930 46771
Ernst Sachs Inspector of the SS Signals 278781 4167008
Fritz Sauckel Honorary rank
Gauleiter of NSDAP Gau of Thuringia
254890 1395
Paul Scharfe Commander of the SS Legal Office
Julius Schaub Cofounder of the SS, personal assistant to Hitler 7 February 1925 81
Oskar Schwerk Regional leader of the NS-Reichskriegerbund (NS Association for Veterans) for Silesia 276825 5420196
Fritz von Scholz Commander of 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland
Arthur Seyss-Inquart leader of NS opposition in Austria prior Anschluss, Deputy governor-general of Poland then Commissaire for the Reich in Netherlands 292771 6270392
Felix Steiner Commander of III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps 253351 4264295
Siegfried Taubert Also General der Waffen-SS
Prince Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont SS-Obergruppenführer and Higher SS and Police Leader of the SS-Oberabschnitt Fulda-Werra 2139 2 March 1930 160025
Karl Wolff Chief of staff to Heinrich Himmler and Supreme SS and Police Leader of Italy 14235 7 October 1931 695131
Udo von Woyrsch Higher SS and Police Leader in the SS-Oberabschnitt Sudost 3689 162349
Rank Collar insignia
Gruppenführer Ss-gruppenfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Ludolf von Alvensleben Held ranks of NSDAP-Reichstagsabgeordneter, SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS; commander of the Selbstschutz of Reichsgau Danzig-West Prussia and Major General of the police (1943). Higher SS and Police leader in Silesia 177002 149345
Hans Baur Generalleutenant der Polizei
Hitler's Pilot
808258 None, but received Golden Party Badge
Albert Ritter Von Beck Regional leader of the NS association for Veterans in Bavaria (NS-Reichskriegerbund) 153322 1937 5354436
Karl Brandt Hitler's physician 260.353 29 July 1934 1.009.617
Carl Clauberg Involved in human experiments 23876 21635
Hermann Fegelein SS-Cavalry General, Eva Braun's brother-in-law/Commander of the 8th SS Cavalry Division 66.680 1931 1,200,158
Bruno Erich Alfred Freyberg Oberburgermiester of Leipzig
Josef Fitzthum SS Gruppenführer, Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS und Polizei, politician, and Beauftragter des Reichsführer-SS Albanien (special representative of the Reichsführer SS in Albania) 41,936 1932 363 169
Karl Gebhardt "Reichsarzt-SS"; also a Major General (Generalmajor) in the Waffen SS. 1935
Odilo Globocnik Higher SS and Police Leader of the Adriatic Region
Head of Operation Reinhard
Richard Glucks Inspector of Concentration Camps/Amt D WVHA 58706 1932 214805
Wilhelm Harster GeneralLeutnant of Police; although unable to join post war BND recommended SS contacts to BND as potential agents 225932 9 Nov 1933 3226594
Hans Hinkel Journalist and commissioner at the Reich Ministry for the People's Enlightenment and Propaganda
Otto Hofmann Head of RuSHA 1943
SS and Police Leader Southwest Germany
7646 1931 145729
Wilhelm Kube General-Kommissar for Weissruthenien (now known as Belarus) 1934
Wilhelm Friedrich Loeper Honorary rank Gauleiter of the NS Gau Magdeburg Anhalt
Heinrich Müller Commander of the Gestapo inside the Direction of the Security Police (R.S.H.A.) 107043 20 April 1934 533199
Artur Nebe Commander of the Kriminalpolizeiinside the Direction of the Security Police (R.S.H.A.) 280152
Otto Ohlendorf Commander of the Inland-SD inside the Direction of the Security Police (R.S.H.A.) 880 28 MAy 1925 6531
Heinz Reinefarth Waffen-SS and Police General/Senior SS and Police Leader in Wartheland (former polish Posnania)
Alfred Rodenbucher Higher SS and Police Leader in Wurttemberg Stuttgart 8229 413 447
Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig 2nd Commander of 13th Waffen SS Division
Walter Schimana SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS und Polizei
SSPF for Central Russia; and HSSPF for Greece; and Danube Sector
1934 49402
Jürgen Stroop SS and Police Leader of Warsaw later senior SS and Police leader in Greece 1932
Rank Collar insignia
Brigadeführer Ss-brigadefuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Franz Augsberger Also Generalmajor der Waffen-SS-20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian) 139 528 20 April 1932 360 700
Gottfried Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen Member of the Reichstag; chairman of the regional council (Regierungspräsident) for Stettin, and later also for Potsdam.
Léon Degrelle Promoted by Himmler to this rank on 2 May 1945 (unofficial)/Commander of the Waffen SS division "Wallonie" None 1 June 1943
Anton Dunckern Commander of the Security Police and SD in Occupied Lorraine (Metz)/Also Generalmajor der Polizei 3526 315601
Karl Genzken Chief of Medical Office of the Waffen-SS 207954 5 November 1933 39913
Heinz Jost SD Commander & Commander of Einsatzkommando A
Franz Josef Huber Also served as a Generalmajor der Polizei 107099 4583151
Bronislaw Kaminski Commander of Kaminski Brigade
Fritz Kranefuss Head of Financial Department under Himmler 53092 964992
Gustav Lombard SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS 185.023 May 1933 2.649.630
Kurt "Panzermeyer" Meyer Waffen SS divisional commander of the 12 SS division "Hitlerjugend" 17 559 15 October 1931 316 714
Wilhelm Mohnke Commander of the Reichs Chancellery defence during the Battle of Berlin 15541 1 September 1931 649984
Hans Nieland Lord Mayor of Dresden 61702 33333
Johann Rattenhuber Commander of LSSAH (Hitler's bodyguard unit) 52877 1 May 1933 3212449
Walter Schellenberg Commander of the Auslands-SD inside the Direction of the Security Police (R.S.H.A.) 10 January 1934
Gustav Adolf Scheel Also a Police Major General; (SA and SS member, Leader of the National Socialist Students' Federation, Organizer of the SD in the southwest, Superior SS and Police Leader in Salzburg, Gauleiter in Salzburg from November 1941). Leader of the Heidelberg Student Body; Honorary Senator of the University of Heidelberg;Leader of the Berlin SD School; Inspector of the Security Police and the SD in Stuttgart; Leader of the Nazi Old Gentlemen's Federation;Chairman of the Reich Student Works;President of the German Study Works for Foreigners; Member of the Reich Labour Chamber; Commander of the Security Police and the SD under Chief of the civil administration in Alsace;Member of the Reichstag; Leader of the SD Upper Division South (Munich); Inspector of the Security Police and the SD under the higher SS and Police leaders South and Main; Higher SS and Police leader; Leader of the SS Upper Division Alpenland (Salzburg); Volkstrum Leader
Hinrich Schuldt Awarded Knight's Cross with oak Leaves and Swords
Franz Six SD;Head of RSHA AMT VII
Charged with creation of Chief of Einsatzgruppen for England
Vorkommando of Moscow of Einsatzgruppe B.
107480 1935 245679
Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz Heer panzer general 82857 1405562
Bruno Streckenbach Awarded 30 January 1939 Golden Party Badge
Chief of Administration and Personal office inside the Direction of the Security Police (R.S.H.A.)
Involved with Gestapo and Einsatzgruppen
Commander, 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer
14713 1 September 1931 489972
Otto Steinbrinck Freundeskreis der Reichsführer SS 63084 30 May 1933 2638206
Theobald Thier Also a Generalmajor der Polizei
Executed Krakow Poland 12 July 1949
250198 June 1935 1744848
Wilhelm Trabandt Colonel of 1 SS Infantry Brigade
Commander of 18th SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Horst Wessel
Jürgen Wagner Commander of 23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland
4th SS Polizei Division
23 692 15 June 1931 707279
Friedrich Weber Commander of the NSDAP Old Guard 265902 July 1934 15
Wilhelm Werner World War I war criminal. See[4] ;
Member of Himmler's personal staff
9916 15 July 1931 332139
Karl Maria Wiligut Section VIII (Archives) RUSHA
Himmler's Personal Staff
September 1933
Fritz Witt Commander of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend 21518 1 December 1931 816769
Rank Collar insignia
Oberführer Ss-oberfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Josef Altstötter member of Reich Ministry for Justice-Ministerialdirektor und Leiter der Abteilung für bürgerliches Recht im Reichsjustizministerium (RMJ); member of SA # 31; tried 1947 in Judges' Trial-released 1950 289.254 15 May 1937 5.823.836
Adolf Ax Waffen SS commander 3848 1 December 1930 378043
Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock Commander of 9.SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen, 4.SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division, 19.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS
Karl Diebitsch Artist and soldier responsible for much of the Third Reich SS regalia. Prof. Karl Diebitsch worked with graphic designer Walter Heck to design the all-black SS uniform. Also with his business partner Industrialist Franz Nagy, Diebitsch began the production of art porcelain at the porcelain factory Porzellan Manufaktur Allach. ? November 1933. 1,436 membership lapsed, 4,690,956 reinstated.
Karl-Heinz Bertling Commander of the Indian Legion of the SS
Holder of the Golden Nazi Party Badge.
World War I veteran. Served in the Freikorps Ehrhardt Brigade 1919.
60258 1 November 1930 370275
Prince Christoph of Hesse Also Hauptmann d.R.;
b. Stab RFSS;
Luftwaffe Major
35903 1 498 608
or 696 176
Rudolf Diels First commander of the Gestapo later Chief of the Regional Gouvernement (Regierungsprasident) of Köln 187116 April 1934 3955308
Dr Eduard Deisenhofer Waffen SS combat commander
Dr Oskar Dirlewanger Leader of Dirlewanger Brigade 357267 1,098,716
Wilhelm Fuchs SS-Oberführer und Oberst der Polizei, Leader of Einsatzgruppe „Serbien“ and Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD (BdS) {Serbia}, Kommandeur of Sicherheitspolizei and des SD in Litauen, BdS Ostland in Riga and Leader of Einsatzkommandos 3 {USSR}. 62.760 1 December 1932 1.038.061
Georg Martin Waffen SS commander 87679 5649799
Emil Maurice SS Member #2, credited with founding the SS 2 February 1925 39
Thomas Müller Waffen-SS combat commander
Freidrich Panzinger Chief Amt IV A RSHA;
Einsatzgruppe A
Deputy Gestapo chief
Chief, Amt V RSHA
Member of Gehlen Organization
322118 5017341
Ferdinand Porsche None 5643287
Emanuel Schafer Einsatzkommando/SD/Himmler's personal staff 280018 4659879
Julian Scherner SS and Police Leader of Kraków
Julius Schreck First Reichsführer SS 5 February 1925 53
Emil Sembach SS headquarters in Silesia 6.640 1 April 1932 3.575
Otto Steinhäusl Police President of Vienna and Leader of Interpol. See[5] 292773 1938

SS Officers

Rank Collar insignia
Standartenführer Ss-standartenfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Gunter d'Alquen Chief of Propaganda OKW
Editor of Das Schwarze Korps
Connected with SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers
8452 1931 66.689
Ludolf "Ludi" von Alvensleben SS- und Polizeiführer Udine (Friuli). 52 195 1 313 391
Albert Brummenbaum 274 111 232 194
Waldemar Fegelein Commander of 2nd SS Cavalry Regiment; 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer;
37th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Lützow. Brother of Hermann Fegelein.
232 194
Hermann Florstedt Commandant of Majdanek Concentration Camp 8660 1931 488 573
Karl Gesele 37th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Lützow 10596 August 1931
Jakob Grimminger Leader of Standarten 1 and bearer of the Blutfahne 135 25 February 1926 759
Peter Hoegl Member of SS-Begleitkommando des Führers 249998 3289992
Karl Jäger Commander of Einsatzkommando 3/
Einsatzgruppe A
Author of the infamous Jäger Report.
62823 1932 359269
Rudolf Lange SD Commander of Latvia, Commander Einsatzkommando A-2
Wannsee Conference participant
93501 1 March 1933 1159583
Michael Lippert Killed SA leader Ernest Rohm July 1934 2 968 10 March 1931 246 989
Professor Dr. Wilhelm Pfannenstiel[3] SS physician at Belzec and Auschwitz 273083 2828629
Jochen Peiper Commander of LSSAH Kampfgruppe Peiper (the unit involved in the Malmedy massacre) 132496 16 Oct 1933
Heinrich Petersen (SS officer) Commander of 18th SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Horst Wessel 134.299 964.574
Wolfram Sievers Himmler's personnel Staff
General Secretary of the Ahnenerbe
Deputy of Managing Board of Directors of Reich Research Council
275325 1935 144983
Wilhelm Zander Assistant to Martin Bormann
Rank Collar insignia
Obersturmbannführer Ss-obersturmbannfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Friedrich Wilhelm Altena Member of VOMI
Murdered an Allied POW pilot on 9 August 1944.
Details here.
354102 316030
Johann Beck Waffen SS as a SS Ostuf and Allgemeine SS as a SS Obhur 179 6.911
Hans Bludau SS doctor-SS Führungshauptamt 310384 1 November 1938 2765344
Hans Bissinger Commander of Field-Ersatz-Brigade 102
II SS Panzer Corps
53698 1 April 1932 1200004
Leon Degrelle Belgian Waffen-SS Foreign Legion Commander None 1 June 1943 None
Fritz Dietrich (Nazi official) SS police chief (SS und PolizeiStandortführer ) in Liepāja (German:Libau), Latvia.
Adolf Doldi RFSS RSD (Hitler's pilot) 276881 1722844
Hans Dorr Waffen-SS officer May 1933
Adolf Eichmann Head of the Gestapo's Office for Jewish Questions 45326 1 April 1932 889895
Bruno Gesche 4th Commander of the SS-Begleitkommando des Führers 1934-1945 1093 8592
Herbert Hagen Tried 1979 with Kurt Lischka and Ernest Heinrichson for war crimes
Walter Hänsch RSHA I D-2
Sonderkommando 4-B Einsatzkommando Convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials, sentenced to death, commuted to 15 years imprisonment.
252573 1 August 1935 537256
Fritz Hartjenstein Commandant at Birkenau; Natzweiler concentration camp; Flossenbürg
Fritz Hippler Film producer of The Eternal Jew 284122 10 April 1937 62133
Wilhelm Höttl RSHA
Head of Counter Intelligence for Central and Southeastern Europe
2nd in command to Himmler's representative in Hungary
309510 1938 6309616
Rudolf Höß Commander of Auschwitz concentration camp 193616 20 September 1933 3240
Josef Jahn 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen 2431
Frederik Jensen Waffen-SS 456 051 4 April 1941 None
Herbert Kappler Commander of SS and Police Forces in Rome, Italy 55211 8 May 1933 594899
Bodo Lafferentz Staff of the SS "Race and Settlement Central Agency". Later involved in researching oil shale sites and wind power also V-2 Rocket development. Organised the Bayreuth opera "War Festival". 347155 17 February 1939 2594441
Arthur Liebehenschel Commandant of the Majdanek and Auschwitz death camps, succeeding Rudolf Höß. Served as an adjutant in the Columbia Haus and Lichtenburg camps, Inspectorate of Concentration Camps and as a senior director in the SS Economics Department. Prosecuted in the Auschwitz Trial in Kraków and executed by hanging on January 28, 1948. 1934
Kurt Lischka Tried 1979 with Herbert Hagen and Erich Heinrichsohn
Georg Konrad Morgen SS-Richter
Karl Rahm Commandant of the Theresienstadt concentration camp
Max Rostock SS and SD official in Lidice
Sentenced to death but pardoned in 1960; Postwar Spy for Czechoslovika State Security in West Germany. See[6]
Harald Riipalu Estonian member of the SS
Hermann Schaper Commander in kommando SS Zichenau-Schroettersburg and Einsatzgruppe B 3484 105606
Heinz Schubert Defendant in Einsatzgruppen Trial sentenced to death-commuted to 10 years
Richard Schulze
A.k.a. Richard Schulze-Kossens
Commander of SS Officers School Bad Tolz, Bavaria
Hans Seigling Also held rank as an Oberstleutnant in the Schutzpolizei
Commander of German Police Battalion 57 and Schutzmannschaft-Brigade Siegling
Last commander of the 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Russian)
450.683 1940 3.279.337
Conrad Schellong 135553 28 December 1932 1428412
Hans Sommer SD during the war
Post war member in CIA-sponsored West German Gehlen Organization and later in East German Stasi
Dr Karl Sommer Amt DII 272426 220064
Eduard Strauch Commander of Einsatzkommando 2, anschliessend commander of two Nazi organizations, the Security Police (German:Sicherheitspolizei), or Sipo, and the Security Service (German:Sicherheitsdienst, or SD, first in Belarus (then called White Russia or White Ruthenia) and later in Belgium. In October 1944, he was transferred to the military branch of the SS (Waffen-SS). 19.312 December 1931 623.392
Edmund Trinkl Oberregierungsrat RSHA Berlin
Dept I A 6
Former member of Van Epp & Roehm's Reichsflagge Freikorps brigade
Walter Vollmer SD during the war
KGB double agent in CIA-sponsored West German Gehlen Organization
21889 241213
Rank Collar insignia
Sturmbannführer Ss-sturmbannfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Kurt Bartsch SS Kavallerie-Ausbidldungs und Ersatz-Abteilung 8 460 816 (V) 1942 None
Ernst Biberstein Commander of SS action command 6/action group C [EK 6/Egr. C].
After 1958 prison release reported to have been "co_Worker" Ghelen Org
272962 13 Sept 1936 40718
Karl Bömelburg Gestapo leader in France 35898 892239
Wernher von Braun Allgemeine-SS battalion officer (also SS Horseriding Club) 185068 1933
Joseph Darnand French Waffen-SS Foreign Legion Commander
Walter Gerth Awarded Knights Cross. Member of 1st SS Panzer Division LSSAH 372351
Hans Günther [4]] Adolf Eichmann deputy;Brother of Rolf Günther 290.129 1937 119.925
Rolf Günther Adolf Eichmann deputy; Brother of Hans Günther 290.130 1937 472.421
Hermann Hofle Deputy head of the Aktion Reinhard programme
Postwar member of Gehlen Organization
Hans Keiffer Deputy Gestapo leader in France 280104 2632427
Wilhelm Kment Commander, 1st Company, 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Decorated personally by Himmler
167103 Prior to 1935 4262124
Werner Knab Gestapo chief in Norway
Commander of the Security Police in Lyon, France
191584 1935 3269940
Horst Kopkow Counterintelligence;
Postwar employee of MI6
46034 1931 607161
Gerald Krause SS foreign legion commander 565 781 1940 67 324
Bernhard Krueger Leader of VI F4A (RSHA)
Operation Bernhard
15429 528729
Hans Latza HSSP Norway 129260 2180945
Ernst Lerch Operation Reinhard 309,700 1 March 1934 1,327,396
Heinz Linge Hitler's valet 35795 1932 1.260.490
Ricard Edwin Mattel Gynecology, Kaisern Elisabethspital, Vienna, 1940 4 Nov 1938 6212863
Hubert-Erwin Meierdress Panzer ace with 1st and 2nd SS Divisions 265243 1 August 1934 3601911
Alfred Naujocks SD commander, leader of the Gleiwitz incident 624279 1930 or 1931 26246
Adolf Shulz-Lenhardt Detective (Kriminalrat), cities of Hamm and Magdeburg 290716 5641530
Otto Skorzeny RSHA commando leader 295979
Christian Wirth Commandant of Bełżec extermination camp 345.464 April 1939 420.383
Eduard Wirths Chief SS doctor (SS-Standortarztat) at the Auschwitz extermination camp 311.594 1934
Rank Collar insignia
Hauptsturmführer Ss-hauptsturmfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Klaus Barbie Head of the Gestapo in Lyon, France 1935
Bruno Beger Racial anthropologist who worked for the Ahnenerbe.
Alois Brunner Commandant of Drancy internment camp
Adolf Eichmann's assistant
Douglas Berneville-Claye British imposter/forger; member of Staff of III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps
Siegfried Wolfgang Fehmer SD/Gestapo/Kriminalrat, a police investigator, and headed the infamous Abteilung IV headquartered in Victoria Terrasse,Norway 290166 181345
Amon Göth Commander of the Plaszow Labor Camp 43673 1930 510764
Kurt Hans Einsatzkommando 4A. 335652
Oskar Hans SD-Hauptamt 101662
Karl Hass SD; participant in the Ardeatine Caves massacre 1934
Willy Herzberger 2nd Commander of SS-Begleitkommando des Führers
Dr August Hirt Had Jews gassed for their skeletons 100.414 1 April 1933
Waldemar Hoven K-Z Buchenwald physician 244.594 1934
Josef Kramer Commandant of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp 1932
Maximilian List Commandant of Lager Sylt and Lager Norderney labour camps on Alderney
Heinz Macher Leader of the SS group ordered to blow up the castle Wewelsburg
Josef Mengele Medical officer at Auschwitz-Birkenau 3177885 May 1938 5574974
Peter Neumann Captain of the 5th Viking Division; wrote The Black March 1939
Erich Priebke SD and Sicherheitspolizei commander in Rome, Italy
Hans Werner Roepke Commandant of British Free Corps
Eduard Roschmann Commandant of the Riga Ghetto; Kommandeur der Sicherheitspolizei und SD IV = Department 4 (Gestapo) 152681 1938
Günther Schwägermann Adjutant to Dr. Joseph Goebbels. 312.231
Rudolf von Ribbentrop Waffen-SS Officer
Willy Whitteler Dachau concentration camp 310314
Michael Wittmann Waffen-SS Panzer ace
Fritz Woehrn RSHA IVb4 280238 Sept 11, 1938 2863618
Rank Collar insignia
Obersturmführer Ss-obersturmfuhrer.jpg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Kurt Gerstein Author of the Gerstein Report 10 March 1941
Willy Hack {SS-Oberscharführer} in SS-Panzer-Pionier-Battalion 3: Feb. 1942;SS-Obersturmführer in SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt: Jan. 1945; in charge of construction site Schwalde V. {Jewish-American POWS were held here}. Hanged 1952, Dresden. 70329
Karl-Friedrich Höcker Adjutant at KZ Auschwitz 182.961 October 1933 4.444.757
Willy Hund Waffen SS
Knight's Cross holder
391949 3 April 1939 None
Dr. Irmfried Eberl Involved in T-4 Euthanasia Program
K-Z Treblinka
Johann Paul Kremer SS doctor at Auschwitz 262703 1934 1265405
Friedrich Peter Member of an Einstatzgruppe
Leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)
Albert Sauer Kommandant at KZ Mauthausen, KZ Riga – Kaiserswald, KZ Ravensbruck 19180 862698
Walter Scharpwinkel Gestapo chief, participant in the killing of Allied POWs (namely as depicted in The Great Escape) 290803 1053578
Kurt Schey Berlin Lawyer-stationed at KZ Buchenwald
Karl-Wilhelm Voelkner (Völkner) KZ Buchenwald and KZ Flossenbuerg 160325 1932 1324620
Rank Collar insignia
Untersturmführer Ss-untersturmfuhrer.gif
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Paul Dickopf SD; postwar president of Interpol 337259 1937
Heinz Felfe SD Switzerland and Netherlands; postwar KGB spy in British Intelligence and the CIA-sponsored Gehlen Organization 1936
Kurt Gildisch 3rd commander of SS-Begleitkommando des Führers 1933-1934
Walter Kutschmann Kriminalkommisar/Gestapo Chief in Drobohycz
{After being identified as living in Argentina by Simon Wiesenthal arrested on 28 June 1975;
he was later released on 29 June 1975; Kutschmann died 30 August 1986}
404651 1940 7475729
Benson Freeman British defector and SS propaganda officer
SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers
Martin James Monti US deserter and SS propaganda officer
SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers
Willem Sassen
Hanns-Martin Schleyer Leader of board of Zentralverband der Industrie in Prague 221714 30 June 1933
Franz Schädle Commander of the SS-Begleitkommando des Führers 1945 2.605 member in 1932 73023
Hans Sommer Worked with Police in France
GDR agent after the war, as a Stasi agent planted into the post-war Gehlen Organisation.
Max Taubner Court-martialed in 1943 for "unauthorized" killings of Jews 112659
Reimond Tollenaere Waffen SS Belgian Foreign Legion officer

SS Non-Commissioned Officers

Rank Collar insignia
Sturmscharführer SS-Sturmscharführer.svg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Lorenz Hackenholt SS-NCO in charge of gassing at Belzec Concentration Camp 1933 1727962
Gustav Wagner Head SS-NCO of Sobibor Concentration Camp


Rank Collar Insignia
Hauptscharführer SS-Hauptscharführer.svg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Gerhard Putsch Assistant to Georg Konrad Morgen

Rank Collar insignia
Oberscharführer SS-Oberscharführer.svg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Wilhelm Ardnt Hitler valet killed 21 April 1945 in plane crash
Ernst Barkmann Waffen-SS Panzer ace
Franz Bürkl Deputy commander and infamous executioner at Pawiak Prison, Warsaw, Poland
Karl Frenzel T-4 program and KZ Sobibor 334948
Heinrich Harrer Austrian mountaineer and explorer in Tibet 1938
Karl Wilhelm Krause Hitler Chief Valet 1933-1939
In 1944 with Flakzug of SS Panzer Regiment 12 in 1944
Rochus Misch Hitler's telephone operator 1937
Eric Muhsfeldt Senior NCO of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando
Karl Silberbauer Vienna Gestapo;
SD at the Hague;
Arrested Anne Frank
{Applied 1939}

Rank Collar insignia
Scharführer SS-Scharführer.svg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Siegfried Greischutz KZ Sobibor-killed in revolt
Heinz-Hans Schütt T-4 at Grafeneck and Hadamar; KZ Sobibor

Rank Collar insignia
Unterscharführer SS-Unterscharführer.svg
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Albert Hujar Staff NCO at the Plaszow Labor Camp
Hans Hillig Involved in the Malmedy massacre, tried at the Dachau Trials US011 Case No. 6-24
(US vs Valentin Bersin et al.): 16 July 1946; 10-year sentence
Robert Jührs T-4 and at Belzac; Dorohusza and Sobibor
Franz Schönhuber Waffen SS member; later chairman of The Republicans (Germany) political party

SS Soldiers

Rank Collar insignia
Rottenführer SS-Rottenführer.svg
Sturmmann SS-Sturmmann.svg


SS-Schutze Oberschutze.svg
Anwärter (No Insignia)
Bewerber (No Uniform)
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Heinrich Barbl Rottenführer;participated in the T-4 Euthanasia Program
{Hartheim; Grafeneck Castle} and later Operation Reinhardt{Belzec;Sobibór}.
Hugo Hubener Rottenfuhrer; stepfather of Third Reich opponent Helmuth Hubener
Josef Blösche Rottenführer; member of SD; involved in the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 314655 6547348
Alfried Krupp Freundeskreis der Reichsführer SS
Arms/Steel industrialist/
Colonel in National Socialist Flyers Corps (NSFK)
None 1934 6989627
Josef Oberle Dutch SS guard at Amersfoort concentration camp
Berend Johan Westerveld Dutch SS Guard at Amersfoort concentration camp
Eric Pleasants British defector and member of the SS British Free Corps None 1940 None
Sebastian Schmid Driver at Dachau concentration camp
War Crimes Defendant
Albert Speer Reichminister for Armaments and War Production 46 104 20 July 1942 474 481
Erich Topp Briefly member of Allgemeine-SS; dropped active NSDAP/SS membership after becoming member of armed Forces[5] 1934 2,621,078


Former SS Ranks changed after 1934:

See also


  1. ^ Snyder, Dr. Louis L.: "Encyclopedia of the Third Reich", page 147. Blandford, 1989.
  2. ^ Bullock, Alan: "Hitler and Stalin", page 374. Fontana, 1998.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ [3]

SS Officer Service Records, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland

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