Hinrich Lohse

Reichskommissar for Ostland.
Born: 2 September 1896 in Mühlenbarbek, Schleswig-Holstein, from 1913 worked as an employee at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg and had trained as a slaesman. During WW I, he served for one year in the (German) army (23 September 1915 - 30 October 1916) before being discharged for war wounds.
In 1919 he went into politics, first in the Schleswig-Holstein Farmers' Association, and then the Schleswig-Holstein Country Party, whose General Secretary he became in 1920. In 1923 he joined the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party and on 27 March, 1925 was appointed the NSDAP Gauleiter (District Leader) for Schleswig-Holstein. After the Adolph Hitler came to power, Lohse was appointed the Senior President (Oberpräsident) of the Province of Schleswig-Holstein.
He was appointed the Reichskommissar for Ostland (the German "province" to be made up of the former countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Belorussia) on 17 July, 1941 while retaining his position in Schleswig-Holstein. The house was his official residence as the Reichskommissar of Ostland, of which Riga was the "capital". He ruled Ostland (was in fact its only ruler) until forced to flee by the Red Army in the fall of 1944.
After the war he was seized by the British, held for three years and then in 1948, sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released in 1951 due to illness. Hinrich Lohse died in his home town of Mühlenbarbek on 25 February 1964.