personnel department

List of SS personnel

Between 1925 and 1945, the German SS grew from a mere eight members to over a quarter of a million Waffen-SS and well over a million Allgemeine-SS members. The following list of SS personnel gives the names of persons who counted among the organization's most famous, influential, and sometimes notorious members.

Adolf Hitler

Prior to 1934 the SS were nominally under the command of the Sturmabteilung and so it could be said that both Adolf Hitler as Oberster SA-Führer and Ernst Röhm as Stabschef SA outranked the most senior SS position of Reichsführer. Following the Night of the Long Knives Hitler "raised the SS, hitherto subordinate to the SA, to the rank of an independent organisation".

SS generals

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Julius Schreck First Reichsführer SS
Hitler's chauffer
Later held the ranks of SS Standartenführer and SS-Oberführer
Posthumously awarded the ranks SS Brigadeführer and SS Ehrenführer of the SS Regiment Munich
5 1925 53
Joseph Berchtold Second Reichsführer of the SS
August 1923 750
Erhard Heiden Third Reichsführer SS
Heinrich Himmler Reichsführer SS and Chief of German Police
Minister of the Interior
Chief of the replacement Army
168 February 1925 14303
Karl Hanke Final Reichsführer SS 203013 25 February 1934 102606

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Kurt Daluege Commander of the Ordnungspolizei 1119 1928 31981
Sepp Dietrich Commander of the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) and later the 6th SS Panzer Army 1177 5 May 1928 89015
Paul Hausser Commander of the II SS Panzer Corps 239795 February 1934 4158779
Franz Xaver Schwarz NSDAP Treasurer 38500 16 September 1931 6

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Max Amann Honorary SS Member 53143 3
Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski Higher SS and Police Leader of Central Russia 9831 489101
Herbert Backe Minister of Agriculture 1944-1945
Gottlob Berger Commander of the SS-Hauptamt 275991 426875
Werner Best Reich Plenipotentiary of Denmark 23377 341338
Wilhelm Bittrich Waffen SS combat commander, II SS Panzerkorps 39177 1934 829700
Ernst Wilhelm Bohle Leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party Foreign Organization 276915 13 Sept 1933 999185
Philipp Bouhler Head of the Action T4 54932 12
Martin Bormann Secretary of the Nazi Party 555 September 1929 60508
Franz Breithaupt Commanding general of the SS and Police Courts 39719 602663
Walter Buch Chairman of the Inquiry and Mediation Board 81353 7733
Richard Walther Darré First Commander of the SS Race Office 6882 248156
Otto Dietrich NSDAP Press Chief
Honorary rank
101349 126727
Joachim Albrecht Eggeling Gauleiter of Saxony and Anhalt
High President of Merseburg
186155 1935 11579
Theodor Eicke Commander of the SS Totenkopf Division 2921 August 1930 114901
Karl Fiehler Lord mayor of Munich 91724 31 July 1933 37
Albert Forster Gauleiter of Danzig
Hans Frank Governor-General of Poland
Karl Hermann Frank Higher SS and Police Leader of Bohemia and Moravia 310460 6600002
Herbert Otto Gille Waffen SS commander 39854 537337
Arthur Greiser Gauleiter of Reichsgau Wartheland 10795 1929 166635
Wolf-Heinrich Graf Von Helldorf Not member of SS, but wore the uniform of an SS Obergruppenführer uniform in his capacity as Polizeipresident Berlin None
August Heissmeyer Commander of the SS Education Department 4370 21573
Rudolf Hess Also Deputy-Führer of the NSDAP 50 1 November 1925 16
Konrad Henlein Gauleiter of the Sudetenland 310307 6600001
Maximilian von Herff Commander of the SS Personnel Department 405 894 1 April 1942 8858661
Reinhard Heydrich Chief of the RSHA 10120 14 July 1931 544916
Hermann Hoefel 463903 3924970
Ulrich Greifelt Reich commissioner for the Strengthening of Germanism 72909 1667407
Friedrich Jeckeln Higher SS and Police Leader of Eastern Russia 4367 12 January 1930 163348
Hans Juttner Commander of the SS-Führungshauptamt 264497 541163
Ernst Kaltenbrunner Second Commander of the RSHA 13039 300179
Hans Kammler Head of V-2 program 113619 20 May 1933 1011855
Wilhelm Karl Keppler 50816 62424
Matthias Kleinheisterkamp Waffen SS Divisional and Corps Commander 132399 8 January 1934 4158838
Friedrich Wilhelm Kruger Higher SS and Police Leader of Poland 6123 February 1931 3995130
Walter Krüger Commander of :
4th SS Panzer Grenadier Polizei
2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
IV SS Panzer Corps
VI SS Panzer Corps
266184 3991530
Hans Lammers Head of the Reich Chancellery
Honorary rank
118404 1010355
Werner Lorenz Commander of the Office of Ethnic Germanization 6636 1931 337994
Konstantin von Neurath German Foreign Minister 1932-1938 1937
Günther Pancke Higher SS and Police Leader of Denmark
Waffen-SS General
10110 1931 282737
Artur Phleps Commander of the 7.SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division Prinz Eugen 401214
Oswald Pohl Commander of the SS Economics and Administration Office (WVHA) 147614 1933 30842
Joachim von Ribbentrop Foreign minister 63083 February 1938 1199927
Erwin Rösener Higher SS and Police Leader SS-Oberabschnitt 'Alpenland' (Wehrkreis XVIII; HQ: Salzburg)
24 Nov 1941-8 May 1945
3575 1930 46771
Ernst Sachs 278781 4167008
Fritz Sauckel Honorary rank 254890 1395
Paul Scharfe Commander of the SS Legal Office
Julius Schaub Cofounder of the SS, personal assistant to Hitler 7 February 1925 81
Oskar Schwerk 276825 5420196
Fritz von Scholz Commander of 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland
Arthur Seyss-Inquart Commander of the Austrian SS, Deputy governor-general of Poland 292771 6270392
Felix Steiner Commander of III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps 253351 4264295
Heinrich von Maur 5890310
Prince Josias zu Waldeck und Pyrmont 2139 160025
Karl Wolff Chief of staff to Heinrich Himmler and Supreme SS and Police Leader of Italy 14235 7 October 1931 695131
Udo von Woyrsch 3689 162349

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Amin al-Husayni Reported SS Honorary Rank (unconfirmed)
Hans Baur Generalleutenant der Polizei
Hitler’s Pilot
808258 None, but received Golden Party Badge
Albert Ritter Von Beck 153322 1937 5354436
Karl Brandt Hitler’s physician
Carl Clauberg Involved in human experiments 23876 21635
Hermann Fegelein SS-Cavalry General, Eva Braun’s brother-in-law
Bruno Erich Alfred Freyberg Oberburgermiester of Leipzig
Odilo Globocnik Higher SS and Police Leader of the Adriatic Region
Head of Operation Reinhard
Richard Glucks Inspector of Concentration Camps/Amt D WVHA 58706 1932 214805
Wilhelm Harster GeneralLieutnant of Police; althougth unable to join post war BND recommended SS contacts to BND as potential agents 225932 9 Nov 1933 3226594
Otto Hofmann Head of RuSHA 1943
SS and Police Leader Southwest Germany
7646 1931 145729
Wilhelm Friedrich Loeper Honorary rank
Heinrich Müller Commander of the Gestapo 107043 20 April 1934 533199
Artur Nebe Commander of the Kriminalpolizei 280152
Otto Ohlendorf Commander of the Inland-SD 880 28 MAy 1925 6531
Heinz Reinefarth Waffen-SS General
Alfred Rodenbucher 8229 413 447
Karl Gustav Sauberzweig 2nd Commander of 13th Waffen SS Division
Jürgen Stroop SS and Police Leader of Warsaw 1932

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Gottfried Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen Member of the Reichstag; chairman of the regional council (Regierungspräsident) for Stettin, and later also for Potsdam.
Léon Degrelle Promoted by Himmler to this rank on 2 May 1945 (unofficial) None 1 June 1943 None
Anton Dunckern Also Generalmajor der Polizei 3526 315601
Karl Genzken Chief of Medical Office of the Waffen-SS 207954 5 November 1933 39913
Heinz Jost SD Commander & Commander of Einsatzkommando A
Bronislaw Kaminski Commander of Kaminski Brigade
Fritz Kranefuss Head of Financial Department under Himmler 53092 964992
Kurt “Panzermeyer” Meyer Waffen SS divisional commander
Wilhelm Mohnke Commander of the Reichs Chancellery defence during the Battle of Berlin 1 September 1931
Hans Nieland Lord Mayor of Dresden 61702 33333
Johann Rattenhuber Commander of LSSAH (Hitler’s bodyguard unit) 52877 1 May 1933 3212449
Walter Schellenberg Commander of the Auslands-SD 10 January 1934
Franz Six SD;
Charged with creation of Chief of Einsatzgruppen for England
Vorkommando of Moscow of Einsatzgruppe B.
Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz Heer panzer general 82857 1405562
Bruno Streckenbach Involved with Gestapo and Einsatzgruppen
Commander, SS Cavalry Division
Otto Steinbrinck Freundeskreis der Reichsführer SS 63084 2638206
Theobald Thier Also a Generalmajor der Polizei
Executed Krakow Poland 12 July 1949
250198 June 1935 1744848
Friedrich Weber Commander of the NSDAP Old Guard 265902 July 1934 15
Wilhelm Werner World War I war criminal. See ;
Member of Himmler’s personal staff
9916 15 July 1931 332139
Karl Maria Wiligut Section VIII (Archives) RUSHA
Himmler’s Personal Staff
September 1933
Fritz Witt Commander of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend 21518 1 December 1931 816769

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Adolf Ax Waffen SS commander 3848 1 December 1930 378043
Karl-Heinz Bertling Commander of the Indian Legion of the SS
Holder of the Golden Nazi Party Badge.
World War I veteran. Served in the Freikorps Ehrhardt Brigade 1919.
60258 1 November 1930 370275
Prince Christoph of Hesse Also Hauptmann d.R.;
b. Stab RFSS;
Luftwaffe Major
35903 1 498 608
or 696 176
Rudolf Diels First commander of the Gestapo 187116 April 1934 3955308
Dr Eduard Deisenhofer Waffen SS combat commander
Dr Oskar Dirlewanger Leader of Dirlewanger Brigade
Ferdinand Porsche None 5643287
Georg Martin Waffen SS commander 87679 5649799
Emil Maurice SS Member #2, credited with founding the SS 2 February 1925 39
Thomas Müller Waffen-SS combat commander
Freidrich Panzinger Chief Amt IV A RSHA;
Einsatzgruppe A
Deputy Gestapo chief
Chief, Amt V RSHA
Member of Gehlen Organization
322118 5017341
Emanuel Schafer Einsatzkommando/SD/Himmler’s personal staff 280018 4659879
Julian Scherner SS and Police Leader of Kraków
Julius Schreck First Reichsführer SS 5 February 1925 53
Otto Steinhäusl Police President of Vienna and Leader of Interpol. See 292773 1938

SS Officers

Rank Collar insignia

Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Gunter d'Alquen Chief of Propaganda OKW
Editor of Das Schwarze Korps
Connected with SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers
8452 1931 66.689
Albert Brummenbaum 274 111 232 194
Jakob Grimminger Leader of Standarten 1 and bearer of the Blutfahne 135 25 February 1926 759
Karl Jäger Commander of Einsatzkommando 3/
Einsatzgruppe A
Author of the infamous Jäger Report.
62823 1932 359269
Rudolf Lange SD Commander of Latvia, Commander Einsatzkommando A-2
Wannsee Conference participant
93501 1 March 1933 1159583
Professor Dr. Wilhelm Pfannenstiel SS physician at Belzec and Auschwitz 273083 2828629
Jochen Peiper Commander of LSSAH Kampfgruppe Peiper (the unit involved in the Malmedy massacre) 132496 16 Oct 1933
Wolfram Sievers Himmler's personnel Staff
General Secretary of the Ahnenerbe
Deputy of Managing Board of Directors of Reich Research Council
275325 1935 144983
Wilhelm Zander Assistant to Martin Bormann

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Friedrich Wilhelm Altena Member of VOMI
Murdered an Allied POW pilot on 9 August 1944.
Details here
354102 316030
Hans Bludau SS doctor-SS Führungshauptamt 310384 1 November 1938 2765344
Hans Bissinger Commander of Field-Ersatz-Brigade 102
II SS Panzer Corps
53698 1 April 1932 1200004
Leon Degrelle Belgian Waffen-SS Foreign Legion Commander None 1 June 1943 None
Adolf Doldi RFSS RSD (Hitler’s pilot) 276881 1722844
Hans Dorr Waffen-SS officer May 1933
Adolf Eichmann Head of the Gestapo’s Office for Jewish Questions 45326 1 April 1932 889895
Walter Hänsch RSHA I D-2
Sonderkommando 4-B
252573 1 August 1935 537256
Fritz Hippler Film producer of The Eternal Jew 284122 10 April 1937 62133
Wilhelm Höttl RSHA
Head of Counter Intelligence for Central and Southeastern Europe
2nd in command to Himmler’s representative in Hungary
309510 1938 6309616
Rudolf Höß Commander of Auschwitz concentration camp 193616 20 September 1933 3240
Josef Jahn 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen 2431
Frederik Jensen Waffen-SS 456 051 4 April 1941 None
Herbert Kappler Commander of SS and Police Forces in Rome, Italy 55211 8 May 1933 594899
Bodo Lafferentz Staff of the SS "Race and Settlement Central Agency". Later involved in researching oil shale sites and wind power also V-2 Rocket development. Organised the Bayreuth opera "War Festival". 347155 17 February 1939 2594441
Karl Rahm Commandant of the Theresienstadt concentration camp
Max Rostock SS and SD official in Lidice
Sentenced to death but pardoned in 1960; Postwar Spy for Czechoslovika State Security in West Germany. See
Harald Riipalu Estonian member of the SS
Richard Schulze
A.k.a. Richard Schulze-Kossens
Commander of SS Officers School Bad Tolz, Bavaria
Hans Seigling Also held rank as an Oberstleutnant in the Schutzpolizei
Commander of German Police Battalion 57
Commander of Schuma Brigade Siegling
Last commander of the 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Russian)
450.683 1940 3.279.337
Conrad Schellong 135553 28 December 1932 1428412
Dr Karl Sommer Amt DII 272426 220064
Edmund Trinkl Oberregierungsrat RSHA Berlin
Dept I A 6
Former member of Van Epp & Roehm’s Reichsflagge Freikorps brigade
Walter Vollmer SD during the war
KGB double agent in CIA-sponsored Gehlen Organization
21889 241213

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Kurt Bartsch SS Kavallerie-Ausbidldungs und Ersatz-Abteilung 8 460 816 (V) 1942 None
Karl Boemelburg Gestapo leader in France 35898 892239
Wernher von Braun Allgemeine-SS battalion officer (also SS Horseriding Club) 185068 1933
Joseph Darnand French Waffen-SS Foreign Legion Commander
Hans Günther Adolf Eichmann deputy;
Brother of Rolf Günther
290.129 119.925
Rolf Günther Adolf Eichmann deputy;
Brother of Hans Günther
290.130 472.421
Hermann Hofle Deputy head of the Aktion Reinhard programme
Postwar member of Gehlen Organization
Hans Keiffer Deputy Gestapo leader in France 280104 2632427
Wilhelm Kment Commander, 1st Company, 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich
Decorated personally by Himmler
167103 Prior to 1935 4262124
Werner Knab Gestapo chief in Norway
Commander of the Security Police in Lyon, France
191584 1935 3269940
Horst Kopkow Counterintelligence;
Postwar employee of MI6
46034 1931 607161
Gerald Krause SS foreign legion commander 565 781 1940 67 324
Bernhard Krueger Leader of VI F4A (RSHA)
Operation Bernhard
15429 528729
Hans Latza HSSP Norway 129260 2180945
Heinz Linge Hitler's valet 35795
Ricard Edwin Mattel Gynecology, Kaisern Elisabethspital, Vienna, 1940 4 Nov 1938 6212863
Alfred Naujocks SD commander, leader of the Gleiwitz incident 624279 1930 or 1931 26246
Adolf Shulz-Lenhardt Detective (Kriminalrat), cities of Hamm and Magdeburg 290716 5641530
Otto Skorzeny RSHA commando leader
Christian Wirth Commandant of Bełżec extermination camp
Eduard Wirths Chief SS doctor (SS-Standortarztat) at the Auschwitz extermination camp

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Klaus Barbie Head of the Gestapo in Lyon, France 1935
Alois Brunner Commandant of Drancy internment camp
Adolf Eichmann's assistant
Amon Göth Commander of the Plaszow Labor Camp 43673 1930 510764
Oskar Hans SD-Hauptamt 101662
Karl Hass SD; participant in the Ardeatine Caves massacre 1934
Josef Kramer Commandant of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp 1932
Maximilian List Commandant of Lager Sylt and Lager Norderney labour camps on Alderney
Heinz Macher Leader of the SS group ordered to blow up the castle Wewelsburg
Josef Mengele Medical officer at Auschwitz-Birkenau 3177885 May 1938 5574974
Peter Neumann Captain of the 5th Viking Division; wrote The Black March 1939
Erich Priebke SD and Sicherheitspolizei commander in Rome, Italy
Eduard Roschmann Commandant of the Riga Ghetto 152681 1938
Rudolf von Ribbentrop Waffen-SS Officer
Willy Whitteler Dachau concentration camp 310314
Fritz Woehrn RSHA IVb4 280238 Sept 11, 1938 2863618

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Kurt Gerstein Author of the Gerstein Report 10 March 1941
Willy Hack {SS-Oberscharführer} in SS-Panzer-Pionier-Battalion 3: Feb. 1942;SS-Obersturmführer in SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt: Jan. 1945; in charge of construction site Schwalde V. {Jewish-AMerican POWS were held here}. Hanged 1952, Dresden. 70329
Willy Hund Waffen SS
Knight’s Cross holder
391949 3 April 1939 None
Leo John Deputy Commander of the Plaszow Labor Camp
Friedrich Peter Member of an Einstatzgruppe
Leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)
Walter Scharpwinkel Gestapo chief, participant in the killing of Allied POWs (namely as depicted in The Great Escape) 290803 1053578

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Paul Dickopf SD; postwar president of Interpol 337259 1937
Heinz Felfe SD Switzerland and Netherlands; postwar KGB spy in British Intelligence and the CIA-sponsored Gehlen Organization 1936
Walter Kutschmann Kriminalkommisar/Gestapo Chief in Drobohycz
{After being Identifed as living in Argentina by Simon Wiesenthal arrested on June 28, 1975; released June 29, 1975; Kutschmann died August 30, 1986}
Benson Freeman British defector and SS propaganda officer
SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers
Martin James Monti US Air Corps deserter and SS propaganda officer
SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers
Hanns-Martin Schleyer Leader of board of Zentralverband der Industrie in Prague 221714 30 June 1933
Hans Sommer Worked with Police in France
GDR agent after the war, as a Stasi agent planted into the post-war Gehlen Organisation.
Reimond Tollenaere Waffen SS Belgian Foreign Legion officer

SS Non-Commissioned Officers

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Lorenz Hackenholt SS-NCO in charge of gassing at Belzec Concentration Camp 1933 1727962
Gustav Wagner Head SS-NCO of Sobibor Concentration Camp

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Wilhelm Ardnt Hitler valet killed April 21, 1945 in plane crash
Ernst Barkmann Waffen-SS Panzer ace
Franz Bürkl Deputy commander and infamous executioner at Pawiak Prison, Warsaw, Poland
Heinrich Harrer Austrian mountaineer and explorer in Tibet
Karl Wilhelm Krause Hitler Chief Valet 1933-1939
In 1944 with Flakzug of SS Panzer Regiment 12 in 1944
Eric Muhsfeldt Senior NCO of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando
Karl Silberbauer Vienna Gestapo;
SD at the Hague;
Arrested Anne Frank
1943 {Applied 1939}

Rank Collar insignia
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Albert Hujar Staff NCO at the Plaszow Labor Camp
Hans Hillig Involved in the Malmedy massacre, tried at the Dachau Trials US011 Case No. 6-24 (US vs Valentin Bersin et al): 16 July 1946; 10-year sentence
Franz Schönhuber Waffen SS member; later chairman of The Republicans (Germany) political party

SS Soldiers

Rank Collar insignia
Anwärter (No Insignia)
Bewerber (SS Uniform without Insignia)
Name Position SS number Joined SS Party number
Heinrich Barbl Rottenführer;participated in the T-4 Euthanasia Program
{Hartheim; Grafeneck Castle} and later Operation Reinhardt{Belzec;Sobibór}.
Josef Blösche Rottenführer; member of SD; involved in the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 314655 6547348
Alfred Krupp Freundeskreis der Reichsführer SS
Arms/Steel industrialist/
Colonel in National Socialist Flyers Corps (NSFK)
None 1934 6989627
Josef Oberle Dutch SS guard at Amersfoort concentration camp
Berend Johan Westerveld Dutch SS Guard at Amersfoort concentration camp
Eric Pleasants British defector and member of the SS British Free Corps None 1940 None
Sebastian Schmid Driver at Dachau concentration camp
War Crimes Defendant
Albert Speer Reichminister for Armaments and War Production 46 104 20 July 1942 474 481

See also


SS Officer Service Records, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland

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