Alfred Rosenberg

Chief ideologue of the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party.
Born: 12 January, 1893, in Tallinn (Imperial Russia at the time, currently Estonia) of Baltic-German parents. He was educated in Moscow during the period of WW I, gaining his degree in architecture and personally witnessed the Bolshevik revolution; an experience that apparently left him with both a fanatical hatred of Communists and Jews and a profound respect for Soviet methods of control. He also had a life-long dislike for the Latvians as during this period a Latvian Student Fraternity snubbed him for his "strange ideas" by rejecting his attempt to join.
As he had backed the "White Guards" he fled to Germany after the final takeover of Russia by the Reds. He joined the fledgling Nazi party nine months before Adolph Hitler did. He was the author of much of the evolving ideology of the Nazi Party concerning Race, Religion, Paganism, Jews, Lebensraum, etc. When Hitler went to prison after the "Beer Hall Putsch", he left Rosenberg as acting head of the Nazi Party in his absence, though it is generally thought that the primary reason for this was that Hitler trusted Rosenberg's lack of ambition.
Following the German invasion of the USSR in 1941, Rosenberg was appointed head of the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories (Reichsministerium für die besetzten Ostgebiete) – and as such, was H. Lohse's boss. During his time in this office, he visited Riga once. It was noted that he understood the Latvian language but made a point not to speak it.
As a member of the inner circle of Nazi leadership, Alfred Rosenberg's fate was sealed when the Allies won WW II and he was hanged in Nurnberg, Germany, on 16 October, 1946.