SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Möckel.

SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Möckel.

Konzentrationslager Auschwitz Abteilung IV.

Document and Signature.

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SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Möckel.

Konzentrationslager Auschwitz Abteilung IV.

Document and Signature.

1). Document on official Konzentrationslager Auschwitz headed paper, dated 15/11/1943 signed by SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Möckel. The document refers to the issue of the new Feldmütze. There is a line on the bottom of the document which reminds the troops that the wearing of the Schrimmützen is for an Oberscharführer and above.

Möckel was born in Klingenthal, Germany where, after secondary school, he worked as an accountant. In 1926, he joined the NSDAP and the Schutzstaffel. From 1933 - 1941, he worked in the main offices of the SS, including the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt (WVHA). In 1941, he joined the Waffen-SS, and served in a reserve battalion. In spring 1943, he arrived at Auschwitz taking over as the head of the administration of the camp. Möckel remained at the camp until its evacuation in January 1945. As head of Department IV (Administration), he was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of food and clothing and the management of prisoners' property.In addition, Department IV encompassed the management of the property confiscated from exterminated prisoners, as well as building maintenance, which included the servicing of the crematoria and gas chambers, and thus Möckel's responsibilities also facilitated the perpetration of the Holocaust. Due to the sheer volume of money and valuables confiscated from prisoners, SS men struggled to keep up with the task of inspecting, sorting and counting them. Möckel stated that fifteen to twenty suitcases of valuables were sent to the WVHA quarterly. Möckel was tried by the Supreme National Tribunal in Kraków and sentenced to death. His sentence was carried out by hanging in Montelupich Prison, Kraków on 28 January 1948. At the rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer. Möckel was the joint-highest ranking individual to be prosecuted at the Auschwitz Trial. The other being a commandant of the Auschwitz main camp, Arthur Liebehenschel.