Erich Hilgenfeldt

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Erich Hilgenfeldt

Georg Paul Erich Hilgenfeldt (born July 2, 1897 in Heinitz , † April 25, 1945 in Berlin ) was a German civil servant , administrative officer of the NSDAP and SS leader .


Erich Hilgenfeldt attended secondary school in Saarbrücken , then he went to the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale) up to Obersekunda . After leaving school, he was initially an office worker in the wood industry and commercial director of a company in the construction industry.

From 1928 Hilgenfeldt was employed in the Reich Statistical Office . On August 1, 1929, he became a member of the NSDAP ( No.  143,642). In 1932 he became district leader of the NSDAP and in 1933 district inspector of the Inspection I Greater Berlin of the NSDAP.

He worked as head of office in the Office for People's Welfare of the NSDAP and in personal union in the National Socialist People's Welfare (NSV). On September 21, 1933 he was appointed Reich Commissioner for the Winter Relief Organization. Under him, the winter relief organization was massively expanded, so that the Nazi government called it the "largest social institution in the world". As head of the NSA, he was instrumental in the " DC circuit part" of charities. In 1934 he was also head of the main office of the National Socialist Women's Union , where he was the superior of the Reichsfrauenführer Gertrud Scholtz-Klink . In addition, the NS sisterhood and the Reich Association of Free Sisters were subordinate to him . In this capacity he wrote in the Völkischer Beobachter on October 21, 1934 : “It is completely wrong to exercise mercy on a person to whom the nation and humanity no longer have anything to give. We have to be merciful to the strong, healthy person ”.

From November 1933 Hilgenfeldt was a member of the Reich Chamber of Labor and the National Socialist Academy for German Law and an honorary judge at the Supreme Court of Honor and Disciplinary Court of the German Labor Front (DAF) . Since November 9, 1936 Hilgenfeldt was the holder of the golden party badge of the NSDAP .

On November 9, 1937, Hilgenfeldt became a member of the SS as Oberführer (No. 289.225), then in 1939 he became an SS brigade leader and chief officer. He belonged to the Friends of the Reichsführer SS .

In the course of his career he was also appointed chairman of the Reich Association for the Care of Offenders. He was also awarded the Danzig Cross, 1st class. According to statements made, Hilgenfeldt, now with the rank of SS group leader , was killed either during street and house fighting in Berlin or as a result of a personal attack on the street or by suicide. On June 5, 1945 the director of the Berlin Caritas reported : “In the main office for people's welfare [...] there was heavy fighting. Hilgenfeldt is dead. A sign had been hung around him: “This is where the criminal Hilgenfeldt lies.” “In 1957 he was officially declared dead.


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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Ernst Klee : The dictionary of persons on the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945 . Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Second updated edition, Frankfurt am Main 2005, p. 255.
  2. ^ Quote from Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Third Reich , p. 255.
  3. Klaus D. Patzwall : The golden party badge and its honorary awards 1934-1944, studies of the history of awards, volume 4. Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt 2004, ISBN 3-931533-50-6 , p. 71.
  4. Joachim Lilla (arr.): Extras in uniform. The members of the Reichstag 1933–1945. A biographical manual. Including the ethnic and National Socialist members of the Reichstag from May 1924. With the assistance of Martin Döring and Andreas Schulz, Düsseldorf 2004, p. 243.