27 August 2015

0017 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



August Schmidhuber, SS-Standartenführer and commander of the 2nd Regiment, SS Division "Prinz Eugen", addressing his men, somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Schmidhuber was born in Augsburg, Bavaria; a soldier since the age of 18, he was not a National Socialist Party member (he was a Bavarian People's Party member), but was a member of the SA and the SS. He was one of the very first – and last officers of the "Prinz Eugen" Division. He was transferred into the unit from the SS Division "Reich", in which he served as a battalion commander in the "Germania", 11th Infantry and "Deutschland" regiments. He served in the "Prinz Eugen" Division since May 1942 as commander of the 2nd Regiment, and from November 1943 until January 1944 he was a temporary divisional commander. In April 1944, he was appointed commander of the Albanian SS Division "Skanderbeg" (a unit remembered for great indiscipline and war crimes). In January 1945 he returned to his old division, "Prinz Eugen", which he led (in the rank of SS-Brigadeführer) until surrendering in Slovenia, in May 1945. At the trial in Belgrade, in February 1947, he was charged with the most horrible crimes, committed from the very beginning until the end of his service in Yugoslavia (the prosecution nicknamed him the "bloodthirstiest officer of the 7th SS Division", based on an alleged statement by Dr Stumpf from 1944). Schmidhuber denied his responsibility for the crimes, passing the guilt to his former comrades, and even pointed out examples of him aiding the civilian population. He was hanged on 27 February 1947. He was declared a war criminal by the Yugoslav State Commission and the United Nations Commission.

Text: Ivan Ž.

Photographer: unknown.
Date: 1943.
Location: unknown, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

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August Šmidhuber, SS-štandartenfirer i komandant 2. puka SS-divizije "Princ Eugen", drži govor svojim ljudima, negde u Bosni i Hercegovini. Šmidhuber je rodom bio iz Augzburga u Bavarskoj; vojnik od svoje 18. godine, nije bio član Nacionalsocijalističke partije (bio je član Bavarske narodne partije), ali jeste bio pripadnik SA i SS-a. Bio je jedan od prvih – i poslednjih oficira "Princ Eugen" divizije. U ovu jedinicu prebačen je iz SS-divizije "Rajh", u kojoj je služio kao komandant bataljona u pukovima "Germanija", 11. pešadijskom i "Nemačka". U "Princ Eugen" diviziji služio je od maja 1942. kao komandant 2. puka, a od novembra 1943. do januara 1944. bio je privremeni komandant divizije. Aprila 1944. godine imenovan je za komandanta albanske SS-divizije "Skenderbeg" (jedinice upamćene po velikoj nedisciplini i ratnim zločinima). U januaru 1945. vratio se u svoju staru diviziju, "Princ Eugen", koju je vodio (u činu SS-brigadefirera) sve do predaje u Sloveniji, maja 1945. Na suđenju u Beogradu, februara 1947. godine, optužen je za najgnusnije zločine, počinjene od samog početka pa do kraja njegove službe u Jugoslaviji (od tužilaštva je dobio nadimak "najkrvoločniji oficir 7. SS-divizije", zasnovan na navodnoj izjavi dr Štumpfa iz 1944. godine). Šmidhuber je svoju odgovornost za zločine poricao, prebacujući krivicu na bivše saborce, i čak isticao primere svog pomaganja civilnom stanovništvu. Obešen je 27. februara 1947. godine. Proglašen za ratnog zločinca od Državne komisije Jugoslavije i Komisije Ujedinjenih nacija.

Tekst: Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: nepoznat.
Datum: 1943.
Mesto: nepoznato, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

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