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Hermann Julius Höfle (June 19, 1911August 20, 1962) was an SS-Sturmbannführer (major). He was deputy to Odilo Globocnik in the Aktion Reinhard program.

Born in Salzburgmarker, Austriamarker, Höfle joined the NSDAP on August 1 1933, with a party number 307,469. After the conquest of Polandmarker, he served in Nowy Sączmarker, in Southern Poland. In November 1940 he served as an overseer of a Jewish labour camp southeast of Lublinmarker. Up to December 1941 Hofle was in Mogilewmarker, Russiamarker.

was involved in deportations to the camps of Belzecmarker, Sobibormarker, and Treblinkamarker. He lived and worked from the Aktion Reinhard headquarters with the Julius Schreck Barracks, Ostland Strasse, in Lublin. Hofle also played a key role in the "Harvest Festival" massacre of Jewish inmates of the various labour camps in the Lublin district in early November 1943; approximately 42,000 Jews were murdered during this operation. Hofle rejoined Globocnik in Triestemarker, after various missions in the Netherlandsmarker and Belgiummarker.

After the war, he was interned by the Britishmarker, but was released. For only a brief period of time he worked in the Gehlen organization. He was eventually arrested, but committed suicide by hanging in a Viennamarker prison cell before his trial could begin.

External links

  • Photograph of Hofle in Link dated May 22, 2007 to "Deathcamps.org". {Deathcamps link is currently blacklisted. Also SS Major Hofle not to be confused with SS General Hofle at this link.}



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