, better known by the name of (born 26 December 1903 in Gniezno, then Prussia, † May 7, 1979 in Westerland, Sylt) was a German jurist, SS-group leader, Major General of the and Police, as well as Member of Parliament and mayor in the postwar period.
Reinefarth 1922, son of Judge put it, from a high school in 1923 and was a member of the Freikorps Oberland. He studied law in Jena and worked as a judge after graduation. In 1932 he became a member of the NSDAP (Mitgliedsnr. 1268933) and the SS (SS-Nr. 56,634). Between 1932 and 1939 he worked as an attorney and notary. From his 1932 marriage two children were born closed.
In the Polish campaign Reinefarth was drafted as a sergeant in the Army Reserve for. During the Western campaign against France it was as a platoon leader of the 14th Company of337 was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the . In mid-1942 he was unfit for military service due to severe, suffered during the Russian campaign frostbite. He left the army with the rank of lieutenant and was working as inspector general of the administration in the from June 1942 to mid-1943. After spending a year in the main Order Police, he was appointed in April 1944 to the Higher Warta. In this capacity he commanded twelve police companies in the suppression of the of the Polish Home Army ( ) from August to October 1944. Its units were marked by extreme brutality and brutality. Again and again the next mass murder, in which more than 100,000 Polish civilians were killed, also en mass rape and other excesses, particularly by members of the SS units of the SS Dirlewanger and the 29th Storm Waffen Rona, where often the victims were minors and children (Massacre of Wola). For his actions in Warsaw, the Nazi regime Reinefarth recorded on 30 September 1944 with the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross of the .
On 2 February 1945appointed him to the commandant of the city Kuestrin on the Oder, which was captured by Soviet heavy bombing in March of the Soviet Army. In the fighting around the fortress Kuestrin fell about 5,000 German and 6,000 Soviet soldiers. Reinefarth sat on his SS officers and was sentenced to death for cowardice. The sentence was not carried out because of the critical situation at the front, and Reinefarth succeeded to surrender to an army group on the western front side of the Elbe to the British.
At the end of thehe held the rank of SS-group leader and lieutenant general of police.
After the capitulation of theReinefarth was in British captivity, but escaped a trial for the crimes of his units or delivery to Poland, leaving him free because a Hamburg court for lack of evidence.
From December 1951 to 1964 he was mayor of the town of Westerland on the North Sea island of Sylt and in 1958 for the GB / BHE in Schleswig-Holstein, he elected parliament. After his forced through investigations by the public prosecutor for war crimes withdrawal from politics Reinefarth was working as a lawyer in Westerland from in 1967. The investigations against him were discontinued without charge. Reinefarth died on 7 May 1979 on Sylt.
•District Assembly and member of the County Committee Südtondern
•Member of the executive committee of the GB / BHE
•Board member of the labor Law Association and Tourist Association Nordmark
•Chairman of the Local Committee of the German Society of Sylt Maritime Search and Rescue and the DLRG Westerland.
•1940 Iron Cross, First Class
•1940 Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross
•30th September 1944: Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross
•Philipp Marti: The two careers of Heinz Reinefarth.From the “butcher of Warsaw” to the mayor of Westerland. In: Democratic History 22, Malente 2011, pp. 167-192.
•Ruth Bettina Birn: The Higher.Himmler’s representative in the Reich and in the occupied territories, Droste Verlag, Dusseldorf, 1986, ISBN 3-7700-0710-7.
•Klaus chicken, Annelie Thorndike: The mass murderers remained unpunished, Eastern edition, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-360-02005-5. (Spotless Series, 211)
•Stefan Klemp, “Not found”.Police battalions and the postwar justice. 2 Pad, plain text Verlag, Essen 2011, ISBN 978-3-8375-0663-1, 459 pp.
•Annelie and Andrew Thorndike: holiday on Sylt. DEFA Studio for newsreel and documentary, 1957
Richter (German history)
Lawyer in the police administration
Member of the
SS and Police Leader
Person (Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia)
Person (German occupation of Poland 1939-1945)
Person in the(Germany)
Winner of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross
GB / BHE Member
Member of Parliament (Schleswig-Holstein)
Died in 1979