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0192 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen"



Operation "Black". The founders of the SS Division "Prinz Eugen", SS-Gruppenführer Artur Phleps (on the right) and SS-Standartenführer Stefan Hedrich (both Transylvanian Germans and former officers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Romania), at a lunch on the occasion of the visit by General Lüters (operation leader) and State Secretary Benak, in a tent at the division's headquarters near Gacko. Sitting on the far left (partially visible) is the third of the division's highest-ranking officers and its chief physician, SS-Oberführer Dr Kurt-Peter Müller. On their left sleeves, all three wear the rarely seen circular insignia of the "Prinz Eugen" Division. (Unlike Phleps, who would be killed by Soviet soldiers the following year, tough Hedrich would live for many more years, and die a month and a half before his 95th birthday. The doctor would outlive both his comrades and die only a month before his 99th birthday.)

Text: Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Hugo Kemps.
Date: 7 June 1943.
Location: Gacko, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: National Archives, 242-JRP-41-15-20.

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Operacija "Crno". Osnivači SS-divizije "Princ Eugen", SS-grupenfirer Artur Fleps (desno) i SS-štandartenfirer Štefan Hedrih (obojica transilvanijski Nemci i bivši oficiri Austrougarske monarhije i Kraljevine Rumunije), na ručku povodom posete generala Litersa (vođe operacije) i državnog sekretara Benaka, u šatoru u štabu divizije kod Gacka. Sasvim levo (delimično vidljiv) sedi i treći od najviših oficira divizije i njen glavni lekar, SS-oberfirer dr Kurt-Peter Miler. Na levim rukavima sva trojica nose retko viđenu kružnu oznaku "Princ Eugen" divizije. (Za razliku od Flepsa, koga će naredne godine ubiti sovjetski vojnici, žilavi Hedrih će još dugo poživeti, i umreti mesec i po dana pred svoj 95. rođendan. Doktor će nadživeti obojicu saboraca i umreti samo mesec dana pred svoj 99. rođendan.)

Tekst: Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Hugo Kemps.
Datum: 7. jun 1943.
Mesto: Gacko, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: National Archives, 242-JRP-41-15-20.

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