German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Richard Walter Darre

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German WWII Preliminary Record for POW Report for Richard Walter Darre-Born Ricardo Walther Óscar Darré in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was one of the leading Nazi "blood and soil" (Blut und Boden) ideologists and served as Reich Minister of Food and Agriculture. As the National leader (Reichsleiter) for the agricultural policy, he was a high-ranking functionary in the Nazi Party and as a Senior group leader (Obergruppenführer) in the SS. Actually, he was the seventh most senior commander in that organization. Early in his career, Darré became the main figure in the Nazi Party interested in agriculture and was very successful in recruiting farmers into the party. When Adolf Hitler gained power in 1933, he personally appointed Darré as Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture. He was also head of the organization of German farmers established by the Nazis and successfully recruited farmers into the party by operating along three main directives: to exploit unrest in the countryside as a weapon against urban governments; to win over the farmers as staunch Nazi supporters; to gain a constituency of people to be used as settlers displacing the Slavs in future land grabs in the East.

In early 1932 Himmler appointed him Chief of the newly created Central Office for Race and Resettlement. In this role he wrote a series of books on racial topics that illustrated his anti semitism. In this role, he also strongly influenced Himmler in his goal to create a German racial aristocracy based on selective breeding. He was later removed from this office by Hitler and Himmler citing as they believed that he was too much of a theoretician and an incompetent administrator. He stepped down and took a long leave of absence claiming health reasons. In April 1945, the Americans arrested him and he was interned at Flak-Kaserne Ludwigsburg and tried him at Nuremberg, as one of 21 defendants in the Ministries Trial, also known as the Wilhelmstrasse Trial (1947–1949). He was charged with 8 counts, and was acquitted or dismissed in all but 2. He was found guilty of atrocities and offenses committed against civilian populations between 1938 and 1945, as well as plunder and spoliation, and having membership within a criminal organization.  Darré was sentenced to seven years at Landsberg Prison. He was released in 1950 and spent his final years in Bad Harzburg. He died in a Munich hospital, on 5 September 1953, of liver cancer. 

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.