Guide to the Certificate of Appointment for Dr. Walther Heess
1988.1201

Summary Information

Repository
Tauber Holocaust Library
Creator
Heess, Walther
Title
Certificate of appointment for Dr. Walther Heess
ID
1988.1201
Date
1942 December 11
Extent
1.0 Folder(s)
Language
German
Abstract
This document is a certificate of appointment by Adolf Hitler of Dr. Walther Heess to the rank of Civil Service and Police Director in Nazi Germany’s Reichskriminalpolizeiamt (RKPA). The document, dated December 11, 1942, is signed by Adolf Hitler and by Heinrich Himmler.

Preferred Citation note

Certificate of appointment for Dr. Walther Heess - 1988.1201, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

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Biography

Dr. Walther Heess was born December 30, 1901 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. He studied chemistry at the Technical University in Stuttgart and in May 1925 graduated as a Doctor of Engineering. In May 1933 he joined the NSDAP – Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist (Nazi) party.

Dr. Heess was promoted in April 1938 to Director of the Technical Institute of Criminal Investigation (KTI). KTI was closely connected with Aktion T4, the killings of mentally ill and physically handicapped persons through the use of carbon monoxide gas. Dr. Heess was instrumental in the development of the mobile gas chambers, where truck exhaust fumes were used to kill those who inside the truck.

Dr. Heess disappeared at the beginning of May 1945 and was declared officially dead in December 1951.

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Scope and Contents note

This document is a certificate of appointment of Dr. Walther Heess to the rank of Civil Service and Police Director in Nazi Germany’s Reichskriminalpolizeiamt (RKPA) by Adolf Hitler. The document, dated December 11, 1942, is signed by Adolf Hitler and by Heinrich Himmler. It is an oversized document, handwritten with calligraphy in German, and includes gold lettering and an embossed stamp of the Nazi eagle with swastika. A translation of the document is available.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Tauber Holocaust Library

JFCS Holocaust Center
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
415-449-3717
tauberholocaustlibrary@jfcs.org

Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions to access for this collection.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions to use for this collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Certificates

Geographic Name(s)

  • Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.

Personal Name(s)

  • Arons, Hans J., 1914-1997

Subject(s)

  • Civil Service -- Germany
  • Police -- Germany

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