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Theodor Berkelmann
Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer
Personal details
Born (1894-04-17)April 17, 1894
Metz, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany
Died 28 December 1943(1943-12-28) (aged 49)
Poznań, Poland
Political party National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)
Military service
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1914-1943
Rank Obergruppenführer
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Theodor Berkelmann (1894–1943) was a German general, who held the rank of Obergruppenführer during World War II.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Theodor Berkelmann was born in Le Ban-Saint-Martin near Metz, in Alsace-Lorraine, which was then part of Germany. He joined the army at twenty years old. During the First World War, he served in the German Army. Berkelmann served as a soldier, before being promoted officer. He was awarded the Iron Cross Ist class.

In 1934, Theodor Berkelmann was promoted to SS-Brigadeführer (Major General), and SS-Gruppenführer (Lieutenant General) in 1936. At the beginning of the Second World War, Berkelmann was appointed "Höherer SS und Polizeiführer" (SS and Police Leader) in Saarland and Moselle. In 1942, he was eventually promoted to the grade of "SS-Obergruppenführer" (General officer). Theo Berkelmann died in Poznań, in 1943.

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  • (de) Ruth Bettina Birn: Die Höheren SS- und Polizeiführer. Himmlers Vertreter im Reich und in den besetzten Gebieten. Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf, 1986.
  • (de) Joachim Lilla : Statisten in Uniform. Die Mitglieder des Reichstags 1933-1945, Droste, Düsseldorf 2004.
  • (de) Erich Stockhorst: 5000 Köpfe - Wer war was im Dritten Reich, Kiel 2000.
  • (de) Klaus D. Patzwall (Hg.): Das Goldene Parteiabzeichen und seine Verleihungen ehrenhalber 1934 -1944, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt 2004.

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