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Siegfried Graetschus
Siegfried Graetschus
Born (1916-06-09)June 9, 1916
Died October 14, 1943(1943-10-14) (aged 27)
Place of birth Tilsit, German Empire
Place of death Sobibor, German-occupied Poland
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Schutzstaffel
Years of service 1935—1943
Rank SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant)
Unit Sobibor

Siegfried Graetschus (9 June 1916 — 14 October 1943) was an SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant) at Sobibor extermination camp. In the process, Graetschus aided with the genocide of Jews and other peoples at Sobibor during Operation Reinhard of The Holocaust.

Gratschus joined the SS in 1935 and the Nazi Party in 1936. He served at Bernburg Euthanasia Centre and Treblinka extermination camp before being posted to Sobibor in August 1943. He succeeded Erich Lachmann as commander of the approximately 200 Ukrainian guards at Sobibor.[1][2]

Siegfried Graetschus was killed in the shoemaker's barracks with an axe to his head by Arkady Mojzeszewicz Wajspapir, a Jewish Russian Red Army soldier who had been imprisoned at Sobibor as a prisoner of war, during the Sobibor revolt on October 14, 1943.[3][4][5]


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