Auction 101

Lot 91:

SS AUSWEIS OF HOLOCAUST MASS MURDERER ARNOLD STRIPPEL

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SS AUSWEIS OF HOLOCAUST MASS MURDERER ARNOLD STRIPPEL

(1911 – 94) SS-Obersturmfuhrer, German war criminal, convicted mass murderer, employed in concentration camps from 1934 until the end of the war. He was in KL Sachsenburg, Buchenwald, Natzweiler, deputy commandant of Majdanek, Peenemuende, Vught Holland, Herzogenbusch, base action leader of all Hamburg subcamps of Neuengamme, and oversaw the brutal execution of twenty children at the Bullenhuser Damm School in the Hamburg on the night of April 20, 1945.

Discovered here is Strippel’s SS-Ausweis Nr. 236290, possibly his earliest SS identification document. The ID is issued to Pg. (Partei Genosse – Party Comrade) Arnold Strippel, SS-Mann in the 3/3. SS Standard Politische Bereitschschaft, the precursor of the SS-Verfuegungstruppen and later the SS-Totenkopf units and the Waffen-SS. The identification has a photo of Strippel in his SS Uniform, with Strippel’s signature to the right of the image. On the reverse at the top is a typed notation that he was promoted on 9 November 1934. It also states his birthday as 2 June 1911 at Unshausen/Kassel. The Ausweis was issued on 4. September 1934, Munich, with a facsimile signature of Heinrich Himmler; the stamp of the leader of the SS-Abschnitt II and signature. The Ausweis has three stamps in blue ink and is blind-stamped twice. File holes are present with a crease on the left edge and folded upper right corner, 3.5 x 4.75 inches.

Strippel was sentenced after the war to 21 times life for the murder of prisoners in Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The sentence was lifted and, in 1970, he was sentenced merely as an accessory to murder with a prison sentence of six years. For the excess imprisonment he had undergone, he received compensation of DM 121,500. In the mid-1960s the Hamburg public prosecutor’s office investigated him as being a possible participant in the murders in Bullenhuser Damm, but the case was closed because the public prosecutor’s office decided there was too little evidence.

After relatives of the victims of Bullenhuser Damm filed criminal charges in 1979, the public prosecutor resumed investigations. Finally, in 1983, it accused him of murder in 42 cases – of the 20 children, the prisoners’ four doctors and attendants, and the Soviet prisoners-of-war. The case was suspended at the Hamburg regional court because Strippel was regarded as unfit to stand trial. Strippel died in 1994 in Frankfurt am Main.

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