Hermann Florstedt

Arthur Hermann Florstedt
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Born (1895-02-18)18 February 1895
Bitsch, Bezirk Lothringen
Died 15 April 1945(1945-04-15) (aged 50)
Buchenwald camp, Nazi Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Schutzstaffel
Years of service 1931–1945
Rank SS-Standartenführer
Commands held Majdanek concentration camp

Arthur Hermann Florstedt (18 February 1895 – 15 April 1945), member of the NSDAP, was a German SS commander, war criminal and convicted war profiteer. He became the third commander of Majdanek concentration camp in October 1942. Florstedt was convicted of corruption and executed by the regime in April 1945.

World War II

Florstedt joined the SS in 1933 achieving the rank of Standartenführer in 1938. He served at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp from 1940 till 1942. He was appointed the third chief of Majdanek extermination camp in October 1942 to replace SS-Sturmbannführer Max Koegel.

Florstedt was investigated by SS Judge Georg Konrad Morgen and charged by the Schutzstaffel (SS) with embezzlement and arbitrary killing of prisoner witnesses.[1] Florstedt was one of two Majdanek commandants put on trial by the SS in the course of the camp operation.[2] He was charged with corruption (wholesale stealing from the Third Reich); he had access to valuables stolen from Holocaust victims killed at death camps of Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. These valuables were stored and processed at Majdanek.

He was replaced by the interim commander Martin Gottfried Weiss. Florstedt was executed by the SS on 15 April 1945.[3]