You are bidding on a SUPERB and 100% ORIGINAL WW2 German NSDAP Sturmabteilung Belt Buckle, once belonging to SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Kruger! Taken from the home Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger in 1945 by a US Soldier, and then obtained from his daughter. Many of the other items captured by the US Serviceman (such his SS Damascus Honor Sword & SS Honor Dagger) were highlighted in Mr. Tom Johnson’s “Collecting the Edged Weapons of the Third Reich”.
SS Obergruppenführer Krüger (8 May 1894 – 10 May 1945) was a senior official and a high-ranking member of the SA and the SS. Between 1939 and 1943 he was a Higher SS and Police Leader in the General Government in German-occupied Poland and in that capacity he organized and supervised numerous acts of crimes against humanity and had a major responsibility for the Holocaust. At the end of the war he committed suicide.
Krüger was born into a military family in Strassburg Alsace -Lorraine Germany (nowadays in France) in 1894; he left school before graduating to begin a military career as a cadet in military schools in Karlsruhe and Gross -Lichterfelde. In June 1914 Krüger was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the German Army when World War I broke out. During the course of the war he was wounded three times and awarded the 1st and 2nd class Iron Crosses. In August 1919 he joined the Freikorps von Lutzow which he left in March 1920. [Afterwards he returned to civilian employment and married.
On 4 October 1939 Heinrich Himmler appointed him to act as Higher SS and Police Leader (HSSPF East) (Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer) in the part of German-occupied Poland called the General Government. Krüger thus held one of the highest posts in occupied Poland. Among other things he was responsible for: eliminating rebellion in the extermination camps setting up forced labour camps the employment of police and SS in the deportations of Jews from Warsaw ghettos the execution of Aktion Erntefest the so-called “anti-partisan” fighting in the General Government and the driving out of over 1 000 000 Polish farmers from the area around Zamosc. Disagreements with governor general Hans Frank led to his dismissal on 9 November 1943. He was replaced by Wilhelm Koppe.
From November 1943 until April 1944 Krüger served with the 7th SS Mountain Division Prinz Eugen in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. While ostensibly engaged in anti-partisan actions in Yugoslavia this unit became notorious for committing atrocities against the civilian population.Later from June to August Krüger took over the command of the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord in northern Finland.
From August 1944 until February 1945 Krüger was commanding general of the V SS Mountain Corps. In February 1945 he was Himmler’s representative at the German southeast front and in April and May 1945 he was commander of a combat unit of the Ordnungspolizei (Orpo) at Army Group South. At the end of the war Krüger committed suicide in Austria.
Made of a stamped brass construction, this 1940 pattern buckle is in SUPERB used condition, and it retains 95% of it’s original paint and finish! There is some slight dirt and very minor traces of wear, but it could easily be cleaned up if needed. It was brought back by a US veteran in this exact condition. Would make a SUPERB addition to any collection or display!