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    Danish Recipients of the RitterKreuz / Knights Cross.

    3 Danes won the RitterKreuz / Knights Cross.


    Danish Knight’s Cross winner SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam



    The Danish Knight’s Cross winner SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam photographed after the presentation of the award. Kam, a veteran of the Wiking Division, won the Knight’s Cross for bravery during the Wiking’s battles in Poland’s ‘Wet Triangle’ in front of Warsaw, and was personally presented by Hitler in February 1945, thus becoming one of the three Danes to receive this award.


    Source :
    http://5sswiking.tumblr.com/post/138...s-cross-winner



    Egon Christophersen Waffen-SS SS-Unterscharführer Group leader in the 7./SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 "Danmark" 11 July 1944

    Egon Christophersen — Wikipedia Republished // WIKI 2

    wiki2.orgen/Egon_Christophersen
    Egon Christophersen. Quite the same Wikipedia. ... Egon Christophersen (1 February 1919 – 15 January 1988) was a Unterscharführer in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was the first of three Danes to be recipients of the Knight's Cross of...


    Hellmers, Johannes






    Date of birth: October 23rd, 1918 (Allersllev, Denmark)
    Date of death: December 15th, 1999 (Saeby, Denmark)
    Nationality: Danish (1849 - present, Const. Monarchy)


    Biography


    Johannes Hellmers was the most decorated Danish volunteer in the Waffen-SS. Hellmers was company commander of a Dutch company in the Netherlands SS Panzergrenadierbrigade "Nederland".

    Johannes Hellmers was born on October 23rd, 1918 on the farm Oremansgärd in the Danish town Allerslev. He graduated from school in 1934 and tried to enter a two-year agricultural education. Hellmers was enlisted to Army April 20th, 1937 and joined the agricultural School in 1938. Hellmers left for a short period the army, but in May 1939 he joined again and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. On April 9th, 1940 the German army, occupied Denmark. In Haderslev were on April 9th, 1940 three Danish light guns in position, and they opened fire on the German vehicles and troops. The Danish guns damaged three vehicles. Two of the Danes who were involved in this battle, later joined the Waffen-SS and both reached the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer. These two were Johannes Hellmers and Ole Peter Kure.

    Hellmers, Johannes - TracesOfWar.com



    Free Corps Denmark Recruitment

    It is estimated that approximately 6,000 Danes served in the Free Corps Denmark. A 1998 study showed that the average recruit to Free Corps Denmark was a Nazi and/or a member of the German minority in Denmark, and that recruitment was very broad socially. Lidegaard gives the following figures for 1941: 6,000 Danish citizens had signed up and were approved for German army duty and 1,500 of these belonged to the German minority in Denmark. It should be noted, though, that half of the over 12,000 Danes that initially volunteered for active service were regarded as being not suitable for active service.


    Free Corps Denmark – Wikipedia 29 Jan 2019.

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    Søren Kam was a Nazi star






    One of the most-wanted Nazis in the world has died aged 93 without having been punished for a murder conviction.


    Danish former volunteer officer Søren Kam died on 23 March, just a little more than a fortnight after his wife passed away – according to the German newspaper Allgauer Zeitung as reported by Reuters.


    Kam was the fifth-most wanted war criminal by Jewish rights organisation Simon Wiesenthal Center, that seeks persecute Nazis in order to promote the Holocaust. The Dane had been a volunteer officer in the Schalburg Corps, a SS-Viking division, and was one of three men accused of killed Danish anti-Nazi newspaper editor Carl Henrik Clemmensen in 1943. A Danish court convicted him in absentia of the murder after the war. Another man was executed for the same crime. Kam had fled to Germany where he obtained citizenship in 1956 and his new home country had refused to extradite him to Denmark several times, according to Danish media.


    “The fact that Søren Kam, a totally unrepentant Nazi murderer, died a free man in Kempten (Germany), is a terrible failure of the Bavarian judicial authorities,” Dr Efraim Zuroff, from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in the statement. “Kam should have finished his miserable life in jail, whether in Denmark or Germany. The failure to hold him accountable will only inspire the contemporary heirs of the Nazis to consider following in his footsteps,” Dr Zuroff added.


    On 30 August 1943, Clemmensen insulted chief editor of the pro-Nazi publication Fædrelandet (the Fatherland) Poul Nordahl-Petersen. Hours later, believed to be just after midnight the next day, Clemmensen was shot dead by eight bullets by three different guns in Lundtofte. His body was found in the morning with bullet wounds to his head and upper body.


    Soren Kam: Most-wanted Nazi dies aged 93 a free man

    05 II 2020.









    The so-called ”bloddrenge” on the march through Copenhagen with Captain Schalburg in the lead.

    Søren Kam - Nazist til det sidste




    Former Danish top Nazi Søren Kam was highly located in the Nazis' ranks. Now he's dead without prosecution.


    The 93-year-old former Danish top Nazi and SS officer Søren Kam has died in Germany with a Danish arrest warrant hanging over his head. Therefore he was never punished for involvement in a killing in Denmark 72 years ago.


    Søren Kam was enlisted as a volunteer in the Waffen-SS as a youngster and was sent to the Eastern Front during World War II. In 1945 he received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross from Adolf Hitler as one of just a handful of Danes.


    Historian Claus Bundgård Christensen from Roskilde University describes Søren Kam as a man whose life and heart glowed for Nazism. - He was a fanatical Nazi and one of the highest-profile Danish Nazis during the war. He was a star in the Nazi environment that Nazi children and young people looked up to, says Claus Bundgård Christensen.


    Was used as promotion



    In the Nazi youth magazine The Storm tab one often saw pictures of Søren Kam, which was also widely used in propaganda to recruit young people to the Eastern Front. He was himself at various SS units, including Division Viking, which was a unit for foreign volunteers.


    He was also one of those responsible for recruiting and propaganda at SchalburgSkolen, which was affiliated with the notorious Danish Schalburg Corps, which was headquartered on Blegdamsvej in Copenhagen.


    The corps was responsible for security and was involved, among other things, in shootings against civilians during the Copenhagen people's strikes. It was a corps that became very notorious for its terrorist activity. We then know today that they did not commit quite as much terror as was imagined in the day, but it was not a very popular corps, says Claus Bundgård Christensen.


    Slain Danish editor



    In 1943 Søren Kam helped kill editor at the newspaper B.T. Carl Henrik Clemmensen in Kongens Lyngby. The killing was committed along with two others from Waffen-SS, Knud Flemming Helweg-Larsen and Jørgen Valdemar Bitsch. The former was executed as a traitor after the war. The latter disappeared and presumed dead.
    - Søren Kam claimed that he only shot at Clemmensen when he was dead and that he did so after peer pressure.


    Also hailed in Germany



    Søren Kam himself settled after the war in Bavaria, Germany, and became a German citizen. The citizenship prevented his extradition to Denmark. Søren Kam was remanded in custody in absentia for the murder of Carl Henrik Clemmensen, and a year-long legal pingpong was started, but Denmark failed to get Søren Kam extradited from Germany. The Ministry of Justice had an arrest warrant with his name Søren Kam. According to Claus Bundgård Christensen, there is a great propaganda value in the Danish authorities maintaining this pressure to the end. - But at the same time, it is also an example of the fact that you can get away from your war crimes, he says.


    Was hailed after the war



    Søren Kam also played a very important role in Bavaria after the war. He was part of HIAG, there was a federation of veterans of the Waffen-SS. According to Claus Bundgård Christensen, Søren Kam was grown internationally and contacted by people from all over the world who wanted a signed photo of him as if he were a sports star who signed autographs. - He was a high-ranking member and one of the absolute highlights gathered around in HIAG. So he was very active, and it was only in recent years that he came up in age and health began to fail that he began to withdraw from the public, says Claus Bundgård Christensen.


    Expected no explanations



    He believes that, despite an extradition, Søren Kam would not have gone to confession. The former Nazi officer had a carefully constructed counterstory about what SS-Waffen was - and what it wasn't. - I do not think, for example, he would have told us if he had had knowledge of, participated in or seen massacres of Jews on the Eastern Front. I just think he would have kept his mouth shut, says the historian.


    He has no doubt that Søren Kam was so highly positioned that he must have had knowledge of many of the actions that took place during World War II.- But what he's exactly done, we don't know. And I don't think we'll ever know.


    Historiker: Søren Kam var en stjerne i nazi-miljøet ... 05 II 2020.




    Author: Søren Kam was Nazi to the end



    Søren Kam on top 10 list of most wanted


    “he would not have told us if he had had knowledge of, participated in or seen massacres of Jews on the Eastern Front” - massacres of jews is obsessive virtue signalling. The only jews on the Eastern Front were Commissars.


    Right to the end Søren Kam was a true VIKING.

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    SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer JOHANNES HELLMER



    SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Hellmers, Johannes


    Date of birth:October 23rd, 1918 (Allersllev, Denmark)Date of death December 15th, 1999 (Saeby, Denmark)


    Nationality:Danish (1849 - present, Const. Monarchy)


    Biography


    Johannes Hellmers was the most decorated Danish volunteer in the Waffen-SS. Hellmers was company commander of a Dutch company in the Netherlands SS Panzergrenadierbrigade "Nederland".

    Johannes Hellmers was born on October 23rd, 1918 on the farm Oremansgärd in the Danish town Allerslev. He graduated from school in 1934 and tried to enter a two-year agricultural education. Hellmers was enlisted to Army April 20th, 1937 and joined the agricultural School in 1938. Hellmers left for a short period the army, but in May 1939 he joined again and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. On April 9th, 1940 the German army, occupied Denmark. In Haderslev were on April 9th, 1940 three Danish light guns in position, and they opened fire on the German vehicles and troops. The Danish guns damaged three vehicles. Two of the Danes who were involved in this battle, later joined the Waffen-SS and both reached the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer. These two were Johannes Hellmers and Ole Peter Kure.




    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945) Rank:SS-Obersturmführer der ReserveUnit:Chef 6. / SS-Freiwilliger-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "De Ruyter" / 23. SS-Freiwilliger -Panzergrenadier-Brigade "Nederland"Awarded on December 18th, 1944


    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes




    Period:Second World War (1939-1945)


    Rank:SS-Obersturmführer der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)Unit:Chef 6. / Freiwilliger-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "De Ruyter"Awarded on:March 5th, 1945Hellmers’ Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

    “During the fighting in the Kaleti area, a Kompanie assembled from the remains of a Bataillon occupied the old command post line 400 metres east of Kaleti as its new main line. The commander of this Kompanie was SS-Obersturmführer Hellmers.

    On the morning of the 25.01.1945 the Russians attacked with tanks and 200 men from the wood lying in front of the position. They succeeded in penetrating into the trench line and rolling up half of it. In this seemingly hopeless situation SS-Obersturmführer Hellmers decided to launch a counterthrust with a few men. Personally leading at their head with a machine pistol, he stormed forwards and threw the enemy out of the trenches while inflicting heavy losses.

    Although he was wounded twice during this action, he remained at the frontline. With the commander fighting within its midst, the Kompanie managed to repel all further attempts of the enemy to capture the German line with the fire of its infantry weapons.

    It is thanks to Hellmers’ decisiveness and outstanding personal bravery that the line near Kaleti was completely retained during the fighting on the 25.01.1945. By his efforts the attempted enemy breakthrough beyond Kaleti was prevented. His resistance here was of decisive importance for the entire sector between Purmasan and Skuodas.”

    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse




    Period:Second World War (1939-1945)


    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse




    Period:Second World War (1939-1945)


    Sources



    • Photo 1:
    • Photo: Danskere i Tysk Tjeneste
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
      - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
      - Freikorps Danmark
      - Microfilm Publication A3343. US National Archives.







    Hellmers, Johannes - TracesOfWar.com
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    SS-Hauptsturmführer John Hellmers


    Født 23. October, 1923, i Allerslev. Død 15. december 1999 i Sæby. Tildelt Jernkorset (knight's cross of the Iron cross) 5. marts 1945 som SS-Obersturmführer og kommandør for 6.Kompagni i SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "de Ruyter" i 23.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Nederland". Desuden Det Tyske Kors i guld (German cross in Gold) tildelt 18. december 1944 i samme enhed.


    Danskere i Waffen-SS



    The SS that most are familiar with are the Algemeine SS (Allgemeine Sturm Staffel) or General Storm Troopers' and they were part of Himmler's police and camp guards.

    Waffen SS (Waffen Schutz Staffel) were front line combat troops - some of the toughest combat troops ever! they fought hard and had the worst attrition rate of any land warriors in WW II because they never quit - they didn't know how to quit!

    After the hardships of battle, what they endured after the war was another vengeful story.

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    Egon Christophersen Unterscharführer Waffen SS



    Egon Christophersen (1 February 1919 – 15 January 1988) was a
    Unterscharführerin the Waffen SS during World War II. He was the first of three Danes to be recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germanyduring World War II. He survived the war and died in Denmark at the age of 68.



    Early life

    Egon Christophersen was born on 8 February 1919 in Strøby in Stevns, Denmark. He attended the local school in Strøby from the age of seven and worked on the experimental farm Little Køgegaard from the age of fourteen with his three brothers.



    World War II

    During World War II, Christophersen joined the DNSAP and became a member of its Storm Section (SA). He volunteered to join the Waffen SSon 7 April 1941. He was posted to Graz to complete his basic training with the Training and Reserve Battalion, SS Regiment Der Führer. After completing his training he was posted to 11th Company, SS Regiment Norland, 5th SS Division Wiking in August 1941, later transferring to the 9th Company.


    SS Wiking was by now engaged on the Eastern Front and Christophersen was again transferred, this time to 2nd Company, SS Regiment Norland. In May 1942, he was promoted to Sturmmann. He was wounded in the right and left thighs during fighting in the Caucasus and was evacuated to a military hospital in September 1942. After recovering from his wounds, he was posted to the SS Regiment Westland Training and Reserve Battalion in Graz.


    Christophersen remained in Graz until February 1943, when he returned to his former division, Wiking, now a SS Panzergrenadier Division. He was awarded the Iron Cross II class for his bravery in the Caucasus and in May, was promoted to Unterscharführer.


    In May 1943 Christophersen was transferred to the new SS Division 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland which was formed around the SS Regiment Norland, based in Grafenwöhr. He was assigned to 7th Company, 24th SS Panzergrenadier Regiment Danmark, which was mostly made up of soldiers from Denmark. After completing of its formation training, his unit was sent to Croatia to counter Josip Broz Tito's Partisans. Egon's brother Viggo, who had also joined the Waffen SS, was killed during this time.

    The 11th SS Norland together with the 5th SS Wiking now formed the III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps and moved to the front line in the former Baltic states at Narva.


    Narva

    Christophersen and the 7th Company were dug in south of Narva and east of the Kreenholm beside the borough of Dolgaya Niva. They come under attack on 20, 22, 25, 26 and 28 May and 12 June from strong Russian forces. It was for his actions on 12 June that Chistophersen became the first Danish volunteer to receive the Knight's Cross. On that day, a strong Russian attack force overran outpost Sunshine held by members of the 7th Company on the far southeastern corner of the Narva Front, and began to besiege both the remnants of the 7th and the II.Battalion. Acting upon his own initiative, Christophersen assembled all of the survivors of 7th Company that he could find in no man's land and led them in a counterattack to regain the old company positions. In the course of fierce hand-to-hand combat with a powerful enemy force, he and his men were able to recapture Outpost Sunshine and stabilize the front. He was immediately awarded the Iron Cross (1st Class) by battalion commander HauptsturmführerHeinz Hämel. He was also nominated for the Knight's Cross which he soon received on 11 July 1944. Only three Danes received the Knight's Cross during World War II. The two other Danes were ObersturmführersSoeren Kam and Johannes Helmers, both of whom were officers.


    Post war

    Christophersen survived the war and returned to live in Køge in Denmark. He worked at Ørum Hansen's Machine factory for over thirty years. He died on 15 January 1988.






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    "Christophersen was a real Viking."

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