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Paul Priem
Born 11 March 1893
Died 2 August 1943(1943-08-02) (age 76)
Place of birth Posen, Imperial Germany
Place of death Leipzig, Nazi Germany
Allegiance German Empire Imperial Germany
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Freikorps
Years of service ?1914–1919
Rank Captain
Commands held Security Officer, Oflag IV-C (1939–1943)
Battles/wars World War I
Greater Polish Uprising
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Teaching

Paul Priem (born 11 March 1893 in Posen, Imperial Germany; died 2 August 1943 in Leipzig, Nazi Germany) was a German officer in the Wehrmacht during World War II and a noted member of the German staff at the Colditz Castle POW camp.

During the Greater Poland Uprising of 1918–1919, he fought against the Polish insurrection as a second-lieutenant in the Freikorps. During the 1930s, he was a school headmaster in Leipzig until called up for active service in 1939.

He was subsequently given the post as the Security Officer at Colditz Castle and was known to the prisoners as being one of the more jovial of the Germans; Pat Reid, a successful POW escapee, described him as "the only German with a sense of humour".[citation needed] Priem's heavy drinking, however, meant he was called before a medical board and found to be unfit for active service. He returned to teaching, but died from the effects of his drinking in August 1943.


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