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Arpad Wigand
Candid photo in the field
Personal details
Born (1906-01-13)January 13, 1906
Died 26 July 1983(1983-07-26) (aged 77)
Military service
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Schutzstaffel
Years of service 1932 - 1945
Rank SS Oberführer

Arpad Wigand (born 13 January 1906 in Mannheim - 26 July 1983 in Mannheim); was an SS-Oberführer who served as the SS and Police Leader in Warsaw (SS-und Polizeiführer (SSPF)) from 4 August 1941 until 23 April 1943.

As an aide to Erich von dem Bach Zelewski he first suggested the site of the former Polish artillery barracks in the Zasole suburb of Oswiecim for a concentration camp in January 1940. This site would evolve into the Auschwitz concentration camp.[1]

In 1981 Wigand was found guilty in Hamburg for war crimes (Staatsanwaltschaft Hamburg, 147 Js 8/75), and sentenced to 12.5 years, he was represented by lawyer Jürgen Rieger.[2]


  1. Auschwitz by Debórah Dwork , Robert Jan van Pelt. page 166 Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (17 April 2002) Language: English ISBN 0-393-32291-2 ISBN 978-0393322910
  2. The Law of War Crimes:National and International Approaches by Timothy McCormack (Hardcover - 29 January 1997)Page 75 Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (29 January 1997) Language: English ISBN 90-411-0273-6

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