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Generalfeldmarschall Walter von Reichenau, Rus Jul '41
Walter von Reichenau (1884-1942) was a German officer and Generalfeldmarschall during World War II. He was an antisemite who equated Jews with Bolshevism and the perceived Asian threat to Europe. He issued the notorious "Severity Order" of October 1941 concerning fighting on the Eastern Front which made him a war criminal. The Reichenau order paved the way for mass murder by instructing his officers that all Jews were to be treated as de facto partisans, and commanders were directed that…
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[Photo] Martin Bormann, Adolf Hitler, Erwin Rommel, and Walter von Reichenau in Poland, Sep 1939
Martin Bormann, Adolf Hitler, Erwin Rommel, and Walter von Reichenau in Poland, Sep 1939
Walter von Reichenau, Severity Order. Jews were to be treated as de facto partisans, and were to be shot or handed to the Einsatzgruppen execution squads Upon hearing of the Severity Order, Gerd von Rundstedt expressed "complete agreement" with it, and sent out a circular to all of the Army generals under his command urging them to send out their own versions of the Severity Order, which would impress upon the troops the need to exterminate Jews.
Walther von Reichenau.jpgIn an attempt to keep fit, Reichenau used to go on a daily cross-country run. On January 12, 1942, he ran several miles in temperatures well below minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. When he returned, he complained of feeling unwell and, later that day, he had a severe heart attack. After being unconscious for five days, it was decided to fly him back to Germany. Walter von Reichenau died on January 17, 1942, when the plane carrying him to Leipzig crash-landed.