27 August 2015

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Otto Meckelburg – then and after. The former police officer and member of the Death's Head Units Otto "Bobby" Meckelburg, born in Neustadt bei Danzig (Germany, today Wejherowo, Poland), served in Yugoslavia as commander of the III Battalion, 2nd Regiment, SS Division "Prinz Eugen", throughout the entire 1943, until the autumn of 1944, when he was transferred to the SS Leadership Office. After the war, he became a businessman (more precisely: a fraudster), working openly and freely – even though he was declared a war criminal – and earning large amounts of money on alleged healers and miracle workers. In 1950, he became manager to the popular mystic Bruno Gröning and then claimed almost all of the money they would earn (after their contract was cancelled, he threatened Gröning to break his bones). He was also the founder and director of an allegedly healing association and sanatorium in Berchtesgaden, the famous town above which Hitler's favourite residence used to be situated. He was declared a war criminal by the Yugoslav State Commission and the United Nations Commission. He is pictured as an SS-Hauptsturmführer and officer of the "Prinz Eugen" Division in Montenegro, 1943, and as a businessman in Germany, seven years later.

Text: Ivan Ž.

Photographer: a) Kollik, SS War Correspondent Battalion; b) unknown.
Date: a) May 1943; b) 1950.
Location: a) unknown, Yugoslavia; b) unknown, Germany.
Original caption: a) unknown; b) unknown.

File source: a) National Archives, 242-JRP-45-43-35; b) Bruno-Gröning-Freundeskreis.

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Oto Mekelburg – onda i posle. Bivši policajac i pripadnik Jedinica mrtvačke glave Oto "Bobi" Mekelburg, rodom iz Nojštata kod Danciga (Nemačka, danas Vejherovo, Poljska), služio je u Jugoslaviji kao komandant III bataljona 2. puka SS-divizije "Princ Eugen", cele 1943. godine, pa sve do jeseni 1944, kada je prekomandovan u Upravno odeljenje SS-a. Posle rata je postao biznismen (tačnije: prevarant), radeći javno i slobodno – iako je bio proglašen za ratnog zločinca – i zarađujući velike pare na navodnim isceliteljima i čudotvorcima. Godine 1950. Mekelburg je postao menadžer popularnom mistiku Brunu Greningu, i potom prisvajao gotovo sav novac koji bi zaradili zajedno (nakon raskidanja ugovora, Greningu je pretio da će mu polomiti kosti). Bio je i osnivač i direktor jednog navodno isceliteljskog udruženja i sanatorijuma u Berhtesgadenu, čuvenom gradu iznad kojeg se nekada nalazila Hitlerova omiljena rezidencija. Za ratnog zločinca proglasile su ga Državna komisija Jugoslavije i Komisija Ujedinjenih nacija. Na fotografijama je prikazan kao SS-hauptšturmfirer i oficir "Princ Eugen" divizije u Crnoj Gori, 1943, i kao biznismen u Nemačkoj, sedam godina kasnije.

Tekst: Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: a) Kolik, Ratnodopisnički bataljon SS-a; b) nepoznat.
Datum: a) maj 1943; b) 1950.
Mesto: a) nepoznato, Jugoslavija; b) nepoznato, Nemačka.
Originalni natpis: a) nepoznat; b) nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: a) National Archives, 242-JRP-45-43-35; b) Bruno-Gröning-Freundeskreis.

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