::Hermann Behrends


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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} Hermann Johann Heinrich Behrends (11 May 1907 in Rüstingen, Oldenburg – 4 December 1948 in Belgrade) was a Nazi Party and SS official, obtaining the rank of Brigadefuehrer in the latter organisation.<ref name="Snyder">Louis Leo Snyder, Encyclopedia of the Third Reich, Ware: Wordsworth Editions, 1998, p. 21</ref>

Born the son of a provincial innkeeper, he was educated to doctorate level in law at Marburg University but struggled to find employment in an economically depressed Weimar Germany.<ref>Valdis O. Lumans, Himmler's Auxiliaries: The Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle and the German National Minorities of Europe, 1933–1945, UNC Press Books, 1993, p. 50</ref> He joined the Nazi Party in January 1932 and the SS the following month.<ref>Lumans, Himmler's Auxiliaries, p. 50-1</ref> With no military experience he initially floundered but soon attracted the attentions of Reinhard Heydrich, who valued academic expertise, and he was transferred to the Sicherheitsdienst (SD).<ref name="Lumans">Lumans, Himmler's Auxiliaries, p. 51</ref>

Becoming a close friend of Heydrich, Behrends was the first chief of the SD in Berlin.<ref name="Snyder"/> He also served as Chief of Staff to Werner Lorenz in his capacity as head of the Hauptamt Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle (VOMI).<ref>Lumans, Himmler's Auxiliaries, p. 45</ref> During the Second World War he was sent to Yugoslavia to lead the regional arm of the VOMI.<ref name="Snyder"/> His star had fallen somewhat after Heydrich's death as Heinrich Himmler was unimpressed by him, sensing that he was too ambitious.<ref name="Lumans"/>

On 5 July 1945, he faced charges from the British services in Flensburg. He was interned with the number 560294 in the Iceland Farm Special Camp in Bridgend, South Wales.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} On 16 April 1946 he was extradited to Yugoslavia. He was hanged in Belgrade on 4 December 1948.<ref name="Snyder"/>

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