Dr. Walther Heess Certificate of Appointment 1988.1201
Finding aid prepared by Judith Janec
Tauber Holocaust Library
JFCS Holocaust Center
2245 Post Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
Title: Certificate of appointment for Dr. Walther Heess
Identifier/Call Number: 1988.1201
Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
Language of Material: German
Physical Description: 1.0 Folder(s)
Date: 1942 December 11
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.
Creator: Heess, Walther
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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.
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.
Certificate of appointment for Dr. Walther Heess - 1988.1201, Tauber Holocaust Library - JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Arons, Hans J., 1914-1997
Civil Service -- Germany
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Police -- Germany