Otto-Wilhelm Wandesleben

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Otto-Wilhelm Wandesleben (born December 16, 1912 in Essen ; † unknown) was a German police officer and SS Obersturmbannführer .


Wandesleben joined the criminal police after dropping out of university. In the 1930s he was accepted into the Secret State Police , where he gradually worked his way up to higher positions.

In December 1942, Wandesleben took over the management of Section IV B 3 ( Other Churches, Freemasonry ) in Section IV B ( Opponents of ideology ) of Office Group IV (Gestapo) in the Reich Security Main Office . Along with Adolf Eichmann ( Jewish affairs, eviction affairs ) and Erich Roth ( political Catholicism and political Protestantism, sects ), he was one of three speakers in this office group. The administrative supervision of the actions of the Nazi security apparatus against the Freemasons and against parts of the church resistance fell into his area of ​​office .
In the SS (SS no. 290.022), Wandesleben made it to the position of Obersturmbannführer.

In February 1944 Wandesleben was transferred to the SD-Leitabschnitt Stettin as a cultural advisor .


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