Heinrich Lehmann (Krupp)

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Werner Wilhelm Heinrich Lehmann (born August 12, 1904 in Magdeburg ; † unknown) was a German Krupp employee who was convicted as a war criminal in the Krupp trial .


From 1934 Lehmann initially worked for Trommler Verlag in Magdeburg, from there in 1935 to Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke AG in Dessau, and from 1938 to 1940 he finally worked for Frankfurter Maschinenbau AG in Frankfurt am Main , formerly Pokorny & Wittekind.

After the handover of power to the National Socialists , he joined the NS-Fliegerkorps (NSFK) in 1935 , belonged to the National Socialist People's Welfare NSV and became a member of the NSDAP on April 1, 1941 ( membership number 8,303,913). Lehmann was awarded the War Merit Cross 2nd Class.

During the Second World War , Lehmann began his employment at the cast steel factory of Friedrich Krupp AG at the beginning of March 1940 and became Max Ihn's assistant and later deputy . In June 1940, he was at Krupp power of attorney granted. He became head of the external work assignment. From January 1944 he was an authorized signatory at Krupp .

In the early summer of 1944, Lehman requested that Friedrich Krupp AG be assigned 2,000 male concentration camp prisoners as workers after no longer prisoners of war or foreign civilian workers were available, and when its own workforce had been drafted for the war. As deputy head of personnel, Lehmann spoke personally to the responsible office group D, the inspection of the concentration camps of the SS Economic and Administrative Main Office (WVHA) in Oranienburg . This was followed by a written request to Buchenwald concentration camp , which was complied with in June 1944. Instead of the required 2,000 men, the Krupp company was promised female prisoners in June 1944, who had previously been deported , mostly from Hungary , to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp , but had not yet been murdered in the gas chambers there. These 2,000 Jewish women were in a tent camp of the Gelsenberg camp in Gelsenkirchen , which was subordinate to the Buchenwald concentration camp , to clear the rubble . The assignment to forced labor saved the women from gas death in the concentration camp. A delegation from personnel administration and operations management selected a total of 520 women aged around 20 who were taken to the Humboldtstrasse satellite camp in Essen-Fulerum in August 1944 , from where they were driven to work in the cast steel factory every day.

After the end of the war, Lehmann was arrested by the Allies . He and eleven other accused were indicted in the Krupp trial, which was part of the Nuremberg Trials , and sentenced to six years imprisonment on July 31, 1948 for participating in the forced labor program . At the beginning of February 1951 Lehmann was released from the Landsberg War Crimes Prison .


  • Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals . Volume IX: "The Krupp Case". Washington 1950. ( PDF, 67 MB )

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ulrich Herbert : Dachauer Hefte 2: Slave labor in the concentration camp - From Auschwitz to Essen: The history of the subcamp Humboldtstrasse . Dtv Verlag, 1993, ISBN 3-423-04607-4 .