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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Hans Joachim Riecke

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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Hans Joachim Riecke-Hans-Joachim Ernst Riecke was a Nazi politician and Gruppenführer in the SS. During World War II Riecke was the State Secretary (Staatssekretär) to Hermann Backe, the Reichsminister of Food and Agriculture. He was Backe's accomplice in planning and implementing the Hunger Plan which resulted in the death by starvation of millions of people in the Soviet Union. After Hitler's suicide, Riecke continued in his position in the Flensburg government under Karl Dönitz. Riecke was arrested in May of 1945 and was interned for four years, until March 1949. At the Nuremberg trials he testified in April 1946 at the trial of Alfred Rosenberg as a defense witness in favor of the accused. During the Ministries Trial he appeared in February 1948 as a witness for the prosecution against Richard Walther Darré, Backe's predecessor as Reichsminister for Agriculture. In the denazification proceedings, Riecke was classified as "Group II" (Offenders) and in October 1950 was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment but was released on the basis of time served. 

Note: These are original vintage reprints of Prisoner of War Preliminary reports These are guaranteed as described. This paperwork would have been a prisoner “intake form”, with all of the individual’s personal details including the prisoner's name, fingerprints, place of birth, next of kin, date of capture, date of arrival, date of transfer, physical description, distinguishing marks, etc.

Copies of these would have been supplied to the different departments that needed access to this information. This is one of the vintage reprints that survived from the infamous Allied prisoner-of-war camp in the Palace Hotel of Mondorf-les-Bains, in Luxembourg, code named "Camp Ashcan". Each card is annotated "CCPWE #32", an abbreviation for the Central Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure #32. Operating from May to August 1945, it served as a processing station and interrogation center for the 86 most prominent surviving Nazi leaders prior to their trial in Nuremberg, including Hermann Göring and Karl Dönitz.