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Otto Hofmann
March 16, 1896 – December 31, 1982
Place of birth Innsbruck
Place of death Bad Mergentheim
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch SS 1931–1945
RuSHA 1940–1943
Years of service 1933–1945
Rank Gruppenführer
Commands held Chief of the RuSHA
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Otto Hofmann (March 16, 1896 – December 31, 1982) was an Austrian SS-Gruppenführer and an official of Nazi Germany's "Race and Settlement Main Office".


Early life

Hofmann was born in Innsbruck, Tyrol. He served as a military pilot in World War I. Originally trained as a wine salesman, he joined the SS in 1931.

Role in the Holocaust

From 1940-43 Hofmann was head of the RuSHA (Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt – the Race and Settlement Main Office) within the SS. In this capacity he took part in the Wannsee Conference, in which members of the Nazi hierarchy discussed policies which were later enacted and led, in part, to The Holocaust. In 1943 he was transferred to Stuttgart as SS and Police Leader for South-Western Germany.


In 1948 Hofmann was sentenced to 25 years in prison for war crimes, but he was pardoned in 1954. He died in Bad Mergentheim.

Fictional portrayals

In the 2001 HBO film Conspiracy, he was played by Nicholas Woodeson.

See also

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