Fredrich Jeckeln

Born: 2 February, 1895. Fredrich Jeckeln served as an artillery officer in World War I. When the war ended he was discharged and working as an engineer. He joined the NSDAP (German Nazi Party) in 1929 and the Allgemeine-SS in 1931, quickly rising through the ranks so that by 1936 he was an Obergruppenfuhrer (Major General) and the "SS and Police Leader" for the western part of Germany.
When World War II began Fredrich Jeckeln was called to active duty in the Waffen-SS, but in 1941 Reichsfuhrer Himmler transfered him back to the Allgmeine-SS and appointed him the "Higher SS and Police Leader in occupied eastern territories". This put him charge of " security" in these areas which he carried with personal emphasis on " solving the Jewish question". During most of the war he had his headquarters in Riga and as such had to work with Hinrich Lohse. While the two apparently did not get along all that well as Lohse was not quite so enthusiastic about Jeckeln's priorities, Lohse had him over at the house.
As the German area of occupation in the East collapsed, Fredrich Jeckeln retreated to Germany where he was given command of one of the "paper" units (units whose real combat strength had been destroyed, but still existed as symbols on Hitler's maps) until the end of the war. At the war's end he was captured by the Red Army and transported back to Riga. While it is generally considered that Jeckeln was directly and personally involved in the mass killings of Jews, Gypsies and Slavs, the primary charge leveled at him at his war crimes trial was that he ordered the destruction of facilities in Estonian, Lithuanian and Latvian cities and harbors. The trial was held from 26 January to 3 February 1946 where he was duly found guilty as charged and, along with six other German generals, hanged in the first public hanging to be held in Riga for 200 hundred years. (the day was declared a work holiday by the Soviets and among others, children were trucked from the schools to watch.)