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Encyclopedia > Wilhelm Rediess
Wilhelm Rediess
October 10, 1900May 8, 1945

Place of birth: Heinsberg, Westphalia,
German Empire
Place of death: Oslo, Norway
Allegiance: Nazi Germany
Years of service: 1918; 1925–1945
Rank: Obergruppenführer
(General)
Unit: Schutzstaffel (SS) 1930 – 1945
Sturmabteilung (SA) 1925 – 1930
Reichswehr 1918
Commands: SS Chief of secret police, Norway
Battles/wars: World War II
World War I

Wilhelm Rediess (October 10, 1900May 8, 1945) was the German chief of secret police (General der Polizei) during the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. He was also the commanding General (Obergruppenführer) of all SS troops stationed in occupied Norway, assuming command upon his arrival in Norway on June 22, 1940 and serving until his death in 1945. October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Image File history File links Wilhelm_rediess. ... Heinsberg is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, capital of the district Heinsberg. ... Westphalia (German: Westfalen) is a region in Germany, centred on the cities of Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, Bielefeld, and Osnabrück and included in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. ... Flag of the German Empire, 1871–1918: black-white-red The German Empire is the name conventionally given in English to the German state from the time of the proclamation of Wilhelm I of Prussia as German Emperor (January 18, 1871) to the abdication of Wilhelm II (November 9, 1918). ... County Oslo NO-03 District Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ... Image File history File links Nazi_Swastika. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zalewski SS-Obergruppenführer patch SA-Obergruppenführer insignia Obergruppenführer was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank that was first created in 1932 as a rank of the SA. Translated as Senior Group Leader, the rank of SA-Obergruppenführer was held by... Image File history File links Flag_Schutzstaffel. ... The infamous double-sig rune SS insignia. ... The seal of SA The (help· info) (SA, German for Storm Division, usually translated as stormtroops or stormtroopers) functioned as a paramilitary organization of the NSDAP – the German Nazi party. ... The Reichswehr (help· info) (literally National Defense or Imperial Defense) formed the military organization of Germany from 1919 until 1935, when the government rebranded it as the Wehrmacht (Defence Force). ... Higher SS and Police Leaders were senior Nazi Party officials that commanded large units of the SS during and prior to the Second World War. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... Combatants Allies: Serbia, Russia, France, Romania, Belgium, British Empire, United States, Italy, and others Central Powers: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, Ottoman Empire Casualties Military dead: 5 million Civilian deaths: 3 million Total of dead: 8 million Military dead: 4 million Civilian deaths: 3 million Total dead: 7 million The First... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Higher SS and Police Leaders were senior Nazi Party officials that commanded large units of the SS during and prior to the Second World War. ... Starting with the invasion of April 9, 1940, Norway was under military occupation of German forces and civil rule of a German commissioner in collaboration with a Pro-german puppet government. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zalewski SS-Obergruppenführer patch SA-Obergruppenführer insignia Obergruppenführer was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank that was first created in 1932 as a rank of the SA. Translated as Senior Group Leader, the rank of SA-Obergruppenführer was held by...


Rediess was born in Heinsberg, Westphalia, German Empire, the son of a court employee. After high school, Rediess became an apprentice electrician. In June 1918, he enlisted in the German army, serving as an infantryman until the end of the First World War in November 1918. He then worked as an electrician until losing his job in the German economic crisis of 1929. Heinsberg is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, capital of the district Heinsberg. ... Westphalia (German: Westfalen) is a region in Germany, centred on the cities of Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, Bielefeld, and Osnabrück and included in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. ... Flag of the German Empire, 1871–1918: black-white-red The German Empire is the name conventionally given in English to the German state from the time of the proclamation of Wilhelm I of Prussia as German Emperor (January 18, 1871) to the abdication of Wilhelm II (November 9, 1918). ... An electrician is a tradesman specializing in electrical wiring of buildings and related equipment. ... Infantry in the First World War Infantry (or Infantrymen) are soldiers who fight primarily on foot, using personal weapons. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...


In May 1925, Rediess joined the Sturmabteilung and in December 1925 was approved for membership in the Nazi Party. He was promoted to group leader of a Düsseldorf Sturmabteilung company in 1927 and was transferred to the SS when his unit was reorganized into the SS in 1930. Promotions swiftly followed for Rediess, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General (SS-Gruppenführer) in 1935. The seal of SA The (help· info) (SA, German for Storm Division, usually translated as stormtroops or stormtroopers) functioned as a paramilitary organization of the NSDAP – the German Nazi party. ... The Nazi swastika symbol The National Socialist German Workers Party ( German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), better known as the NSDAP or the Nazi Party was a political party that was led to power in Germany by Adolf Hitler in 1933. ... Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and (together with Cologne and the Ruhr Area) the economic center of Western Germany. ... The infamous double-sig rune SS insignia. ... SS-Gruppenführer collar patch SA-Gruppenführer rank insignia Volkssturm Gruppenführer insignia Gruppenführer was an early paramilitary rank of the Nazi Party, first created in 1925 as a senior rank of the SA. SA Rank Translated as “Group Leader”, a Gruppenführer was typically in charge of...


At the onset of World War II, Rediess was responsible for implementing German racial laws in Prussia, forcing the evacuation of Jews from East Prussia. Rediess was then tasked with the eradication of 1,558 Jewish evacuees deemed mentally ill. Rediess made arrangements to borrow "gassing vans" and personnel from other SS units, offering a bounty of ten Reichmarks for each Jew killed. It took seventeen days to accomplish these killings, and Rediess then reneged on the agreed upon payment once the operation was concluded. The Racial Policy of Nazi Germany refers to the policies and laws implemented by Nazi Germany, asserting the superiority of the Aryan race, and including measures aimed primarily against Jews. ... The gas van was an extermination method devised by Nazi Germany to kill their victims during World War II. It was a vehicle with an air-tight compartment for victims into which exhaust fumes were transmitted while the engine was running. ... A 100 Reichsmark banknote from Germany of 1935 (http://www. ...


Rediess was commended for his initiative and given command of SS units in Norway as a reward for his actions.


In March 1941, citing reports of large numbers of Norwegian women impregnated by German soldiers, Rediess implemented the controversial German Lebensborn program in Norway. This program encourage the production of "racially pure" Aryan children, usually sired by SS troops. Ultimately 8,000 children were born under the auspices of this program, making Norway second only to Germany in registered Aryan births during World War II. Lebensborn was one of several programs initiated by Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler to secure the racial heredity of the Third Reich. ...


Rediess committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound upon the collapse of the Third Reich in Norway on May 8, 1945. His remains were then destroyed when Reichskommissar Josef Terboven detonated fifty kilograms of dynamite in the estate of Skaugum, Oslo, the same day. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... Reichskommissar (Commissionary of the Empire) was an official title of authorized representative of the Deutsches Reich (after 1871) who was appointed to a special task, e. ... Josef Terboven Josef Antonius Heinrich Terboven (May 23, 1898 - May 8, 1945) was a Nazi leader most known for his brutal leadership during the Nazi occupation of Norway. ... Skaugum is the official residence of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and of his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit. ... County Oslo NO-03 District Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ...


 
 

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