How the German denazification policy worked

After the war. Karl Höcker1 was arrested and spent eighteen months in a prisoner of war camp before being released. He returned to his old job with the same bank he’d been employed by before the war. In 1952 he turned himself in for denazification and was sentenced to nine months in prison for membership of the SS, but, because of a 1954 amnesty law, didn’t serve a single day. In the 1960s, however, Höcker was sentenced to seven years for aiding and abetting the murder of one thousand people. On his release he was, yet again, given his old job back, at the same bank, working there until his retirement.


1 Karl Höcker was a senior SS officer in Auschwitz from May 1944 to the end of the war.

Ryan, William ; The Constant Soldier: p454, pp456-7 Crazy Horse Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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