The giant mountain murders for which death is also a Liesegang


Reinhold Liesegang *6. June 1900 in Güsten was the son of a worker- Socialists and family and one of five siblings. From his family he was influenced socialist. He was drafted just before the end of World War II the Navy. After the war he was a member of the “Red Army”, the storming of the castle in Brunswick by the Duke Ernst August of Brunswick forced to abdicate. After leaving the army he was initially unemployed, then in the company “Voigtländer” worked as a welder. There he became a member of a union and later the Communist Party.

He also belonged to the “Association of National Sports” (VfV) an. He married and raised a family, with the working-class neighborhood he lived in Brunswick Belfort, Like many other Communists and Social Democrats. At the 30.06.1933 SA wanted to arrest him at home and in the health insurance fund (AOK) bring, but he was not at the place.

We left the call, become self-issued due to an interrogation to AOK. Despite warnings from friends and family, They had heard about the torture in the AOK building, Liesegang was the invitation to.

The prisoners were on 4. July by truck to transport Pappelhof. Based on testimony from the year 1950 resulted in, that on the afternoon of the day outside the prison, only the two SS men Meyer and eagles as well as the caretaker couple were with their daughter on the property.

According to the couple, the prisoners were ill-treated again for several hours by the two SS men hardest. Against 23 Clock is finally a passenger car drove into the yard, the four or five people got out, the prisoners shot dead in no time. A few days later the bodies were buried in the cemetery in unmarked graves giant Berger.


Commemorative plaque for the murders Rieseberg

Ten of the dead found their final resting place: “Hermann Behme, Willi Louis , Julius Bley, Walter Römling, Hans Grimminger, Gustav Schmidt, Kurt Heinemann (beigestzt in Shoe Ingen), Willi stone barrel, Reinhold Liesegang and Alfred State”. 1953 the bodies were exhumed and it was found dead, an eleventh, whose identity could not be clarified until now unequivocally.

In 1933 were members of the Rieseberg victims only a shapeless and obfuscating the facts know of their whereabouts. Only 20 Years later, another message from the Government.


Write the District Directorate

The wives of the murdered and Römling Liesegang could not withstand the pressure of time and fled out of fear, among other things, one can take away the children with them in the Soviet Union, from them by the end of World War II they moved to East Berlin.

Heinemann family were hit worse, because the Jew was murdered Kurt Heinemann. His wife was a Christian, together they had four children: two boys and two girls. The boys were 1941 aged 12 and 13 Years, deported to Auschwitz and gassed. Mrs. Heinemann, and their daughters survived the war.

How many people have finally committed the murders or. involved directly or indirectly involved in the planning and execution were, is not clear. Thus z. B. still not known, who the persons were four to five, the car got out and have carried out the murders.

The indirect participation of the National Socialist Party prime minister and interior minister of the Free State of Brunswick and Dietrich Klagges of Justice- Finance and Friedrich Alpers has been demonstrated.

This conjecture is also, that the following members of the SS directly (even with the abuse in AOK building) were involved:

Albert Adler
Peter Behrens (Secretary Klagges)
Reinhard Krügel
Karl-Hermann Meyer
Paul Szustak

With the arrest warrant 16. April 1946 was wanted by the suspect, 1950 directed the jury Braunschweig proceedings against them. The perpetrators were convicted to prison terms of between four and 25 Years sentenced, but usually released after a short prison sentence. Klagges was convicted of "approval" of the murder to a prison term.

Meyer, one of the main participants, had escaped the clutches of the judiciary, when he went into hiding after the war under a false name in southern Germany, where he first 1996 could be detected. Before the proceedings could be initiated against him, he died.


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Reinhard Leg: Time signal, Urban and rural Brunswick 1930-1945 Brunswick 2000
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75 AOK years in Brunswick, published by the AOK Brunswick, edited by Norman Mathias Pingel, Brunswick 1989
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