27 August 2015

0038 | Bio | Otto Meckelburg



Otto "Bobby" Meckelburg, commander of the III Battalion, 14th Regiment, 7th SS Mountain Division "Prinz Eugen". Meckelburg came into this unit from the 2nd Regiment of the SS Police Division, in which he commanded several companies (he previously served in the "Westland" Regiment of the "Wiking" Division and in the Death's Head Units). He served in the "Prinz Eugen" Division 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 (a fraudster), and worked freely and openly – even though he was declared a war criminal – 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 to break Gröning's 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. What happened with Meckelburg later is not known. The enclosed photographs show him as an officer of the "Prinz Eugen" Division in Montenegro in 1943 – and as a businessman in Germany, seven years later.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Name: Otto Meckelburg.
Nationality: German.
Rank: SS-Sturmbannführer.
Date of birth: 14 September 1911.
Place of birth: Neustadt bei Danzig, Germany.
Date of death: unknown.
Place of death: unknown.
Cause of death: unknown.
SS number: 99588.
NSDAP number: 2914799.
Note: declared a war criminal by the Yugoslav State Commission and the United Nations Commission.

Photographer: a) Kollik; b) unknown.
Date: a) May 1943; b) 1950.
Location: a) unknown, Yugoslavia; b) unknown, Germany.

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

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Oto "Bobi" Mekelburg, komandant III bataljona 14. puka 7. brdske SS-divizije "Princ Eugen". U ovu jedinicu Mekelburg je došao iz 2. puka Policijske SS-divizije, u kojem je bio komandir nekoliko četa (prethodno je služio u puku "Vestland" divizije "Viking" i u Jedinicama mrtvačke glave). U "Princ Eugen" diviziji je služio cele 1943, pa sve do jeseni 1944, kada je prekomandovan u Upravno odeljenje SS-a. Posle rata je postao biznismen (prevarant), i radio slobodno i otvoreno – iako je bio proglašen za ratnog zločinca – zarađujući velike pare na navodnim isceliteljima i čudotvorcima (1950. godine je postao menadžer popularnom mistiku Brunu Greningu, i prisvajao gotovo sav novac koji bi zaradili zajedno; nakon raskidanja ugovora, pretio je da će Greningu 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. Šta se s Mekelburgom zbivalo kasnije, nije poznato. Priložene fotografije ga prikazuju kao oficira "Princ Eugen" divizije u Crnoj Gori 1943. godine – i kao biznismena u Nemačkoj, sedam godina kasnije.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Ime i prezime: Oto Mekelburg.
Narodnost: Nemac.
Čin: SS-šturmbanfirer.
Datum rođenja: 14. septembar 1911.
Mesto rođenja: Nojštat kod Danciga, Nemačka.
Datum smrti: nepoznat.
Mesto smrti: nepoznato.
Uzrok smrti: nepoznat.
SS-broj: 99588.
NSDAP-broj: 2914799.
Napomena: proglašen za ratnog zločinca od strane Državne komisije Jugoslavije i Komisije Ujedinjenih nacija.

Fotograf: a) Kolik; b) nepoznat.
Datum: a) maj 1943; b) 1950.
Mesto: a) nepoznato, Jugoslavija; b) nepoznato, Nemačka.

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

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