Heinz Lammerding

Heinz Lammerding (27 August 1905 – 13 January 1971) was a German SS officer convicted of war crimes during the Nazi era. During World War II, he commanded the SS Panzer Division Das Reich that perpetrated the Tulle and the Oradour-sur-Glane massacres in occupied France. After the war, Lammerding was convicted in absentia for having ordered the murder of approximately 750 French civilians, but remained protected by Germany after serving a prison sentence there.

Heinz Lammerding
Born(1905-08-27)27 August 1905
Died13 January 1971(1971-01-13) (aged 65)
Known forTulle murders
Oradour-sur-Glane massacre
Criminal statusDeceased
Conviction(s)War crimes
Criminal penaltyDeath (in absentia)
SS career
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Years of service1933–1945
Commands heldSS Division Das Reich
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

War-crimes trialEdit

In 1953, Lammerding was tried in France for war crimes, for ordering two massacres in 1944: at Tulle and at Oradour-sur-Glane. He was sentenced to death in absentia by the court of Bordeaux, but he was never extradited from West Germany[1] nor was he ever sentenced by a German court. According to Danny S. Parker, Lammerding had already been tried in West Germany, convicted of war crimes and had served a prison sentence. He, therefore, was not subject to extradition under the Bonn constitution, much to the consternation of the French. They threatened to send in a commando unit to seize him, as the Israelis did in the case of Adolf Eichmann. However, before this could occur, Lammerding died in 1971 from cancer.[2]


His funeral in 1971 turned into a reunion of over 200 former SS personnel.[3]




  1. ^ Le maire d'Oradour-sur-Glane : « Il était dénué de toute humanité »[permanent dead link], Le Parisien, 14 August 2007 (in French)
  2. ^ Parker 2014, p. 386.
  3. ^ "Oradour: Ort des Schmerzes, 09.06.2014 (Friedensratschlag)". www.ag-friedensforschung.de. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  4. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 266.
  5. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 490.


  • Parker, Danny S. (2014). Hitler's Warrior: The Life and Wars of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306821547.
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Walter Krüger
Commander of SS Division Das Reich
23 October 1943 – 24 July 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Christian Tychsen
Preceded by
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Baum
Commander of SS Division Das Reich
23 October 1944 – 20 January 1945
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz