Walter Serno

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Walter Serno (born October 24, 1902 in Britz ; † unknown) was a German SS Sturmscharführer and, as criminal secretary, head of the political department in Buchenwald concentration camp .


Serno embarked on a career as a police officer after finishing school. From November 1924 to January 1936 he worked for the Prussian Police. After that he was temporarily employed in the Prussian War Ministry and then moved to the Secret State Police Office in Berlin . There Serno qualified in early June 1937 for the middle prison service in the security police area. From the beginning of April 1940, Serno worked at the Weimar State Police Station. In personal union, Serno also headed the Political Department in Buchenwald Concentration Camp from 1942 at the latest until April 1945. Serno also held the criminal investigation department within the Political Department and was a member of the SD . From the beginning of February 1941 he was in the rank of criminal secretary and SS-Sturmscharführer.

Serno is said to have hit Polish and Russian prisoners with an iron ruler.

Serno's membership in the SS ended on March 29, 1943 due to "SS-unworthy behavior". After his divorce, Serno married a woman nine years older than him, which RFSS Heinrich Himmler criticized. Nevertheless, Serno retained his police functions.

Nothing is known about Serno's post-war fate.


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Individual evidence

  1. a b c Marlis Graefe, Bernhard Post and Andreas Schneider: The Secret State Police in the NS Gau Thuringia 1933 - 1945. Sources on the history of Thuringia . II. Half-volume, published by: State Center for Political Education Thuringia, unchanged new edition 2005, p. 557f.
  2. David A. Hackett: The Buchenwald report: Report on the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar , CH Beck, 2002, ISBN 3406475981 , p. 151f.