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Rudolf Lehmann
Born (1890-12-11)11 December 1890
Died 26 July 1955(1955-07-26) (aged 64)
Place of birth Posen
Place of death Bonn
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914-1918, 1938-1945
Rank Generaloberststabsrichter
Commands held Judge Advocate General of the German Armed Forces
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Rudolf Lehmann (11 December 1890 - 26 July 1955) was a German jurist and military judge who was the Judge Advocate General of the Wehrmacht in World War II.


His father was a professor of law. He grew up in Breslau and Hanau, studied law in Munich, Freiburg, Leipzig and Marburg and qualified as a lawyer before service as a reserve officer in the Imperial Army in World War I, during which he was awarded the Iron Cross. After the war he returned to Marburg University where he was awarded a doctorate in jurisprudence. He then entered government service as a prosecutor and worked at the Reich Justice Ministry.

He entered the Army Legal Service in October 1937 and from July 1938 to May 1945 was president of the Reich Military Court. In this role he assessed the charges against Generaloberst Werner von Fritsch between February and March 1938 and his judgement was for an acquittal. On 1 May 1944 he was given the unique rank of Generaloberststabsrichter (Colonel General Judicial Officer) which was equivalent to Generaloberst but outside the normal chain of command. He was taken into captivity in May 1945 and held in a US Army Prisoner of War Camp.

Nuremberg trials

He was found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg High Command Trial in October 1947 for involvement in drafting the Barbarossa Decree and the Commissar Order that stipulated that any captured Soviet political commissar was to be executed, contrary to international law. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment but was released from Landsberg prison in August 1948. He then lived in Bad Godesberg, where he was Managing Director of the mining trade association. He died in Bonn aged 64.[1] [2]


  1. Rudolf Lehmann Biography. Retrieved 20 November 2012
  2. Rudolf Lehmann at Retrieved 20 November 2012

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