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Karl Ernst Möckel (January 9, 1901 - January 28, 1948) was an SSmarker-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) and administrator at Auschwitz concentration campmarker. He was executed as a war criminal.


Möckel was born in Klingenthalmarker, Germanymarker where, after secondary school, he worked as an accountant. In 1926, he joined the Nazi party and the Schutzstaffelmarker. From 1933 - 1941, he worked in the main offices of the SS, including the SSS Comptroller's Officemarker (WVHA). In 1941, he joined the Waffen-SS, the SS combat arm, and served in a reserve battalion. In Spring 1943, he arrived at Auschwitz taking over as the head of the administration of the camp.

At Auschwitz

Möckel remained at the camp until its evacuation in January of 1945. As head of Department IV (Administration), he was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of food and clothing and the management of prisoners' property. In addition, Department IV encompassed the management of the property confiscated from exterminated prisoners, as well as building maintenance, which included the servicing of the crematoria and gas chambers.

Due to the sheer volume of money and valuables (mainly jewelry and watches made from precious metals) taken from prisoners, SS men struggled to keep up with the task of inspecting, sorting and counting them. Möckel stated that fifteen to twenty suitcases of valuables were sent to the WVHA quarterly.


Möckel was tried by the Supreme National Tribunal in Krakówmarker and sentenced to death. His sentenced was carried out by hanging in Montelupich Prison, Kraków on the 28th January 1948.

At the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lt. Colonel, the rank also held by Rudolf Höss), Möckel was the joint-highest ranking individual to be prosecuted at the Auschwitz Trial. (The other being a commandant of the Auschwitz main camp, Arthur Liebehenschel.)


  1. Kádár, Vági, 2004, p. 124.
  2. Świebocki et al., p. 161-162.
  3. Świebocki et al., p. 162.


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