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Monday, 25 February 2008

Bandits - III

Source: here

This fine fellow is SS-Gruppenfûhrer (major-general) Odilo Globocnik; this time the "bandit" is a little more "hands-on" than those featured so far in this series.

After a rapid rise in Nazi party hierarchy he was disgraced and fired by Herman Gôring. Himmler recognised an able servant and after a short spell in the Waffen-SS, appointed Globocnik police chief in the Polish General Government.

This odious creature has to his credit the liquidation of the Warsaw and Bialystok Ghettoes, vast amounts of "ethnic cleansing" and implementation of forced labour camps.

But his "crowning achievement" was, on Himler's orders, the construction of "death camps": Sobibor, Belzec, Maidenek and Treblinka. It is said that he was responsible for 1.5 million deaths, no doubt in association with other such luminaries as Richard Glücks, Oswald Pohl et al.

Captured by the British at the end of the war, like his master Himmler, he escaped justice with the aid of a concealed cyanide capsule.

Curiously Globocnik commented on hearing of the death of "Final Solution" architect and RHSA chief, Reinhard Heydrich, "Thank God that sow's gone to the butcher's."

Reading over this short piece, I begin to realise that I have set myself a huge task in attempting to catalogue even a small proportion of the appalling people who have plagued the human race.

Until the next time

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