Darré, born Ricardo Walther Oscar, Walther
Walther Darré, born as Ricardo Oscar Darré, 14-07-1895 in Belgrano, Buenos Aires, was an SS-Obergruppenführer. His parent’s marriage was not a happy one, according to Richard Walther, his father was a hard drinker and womanizer. They educated their children privately until they were forced to return to Germany as a result of worsening international relations in the years preceding World War I. As a young man in Germany, Darré initially joined the Artamans, a Volkish youth group committed to returning to the land. The Artaman League was a German agrarian and Völkisch movement dedicated to a Blut und Boden-inspired realism. Active during the inter-war period, the League became closely linked to and eventually absorbed by, the Nazi Party. Darré went on to become an active Nazi and in the summer of 1930 he set up an agrarian political apparatus to recruit farmers into the NSDAP. Soon after the Nazis came to power, Darré became the Reichsminister of Food and Agriculture. He played a leading part in setting up the SS Race and Resettlement Office, a fiercely racis, anti-Semitic organization. He developed a plan for "Rasse und Raum" ,"race and space" or territory, which provided the ideological background for the Nazi expansive policy on behalf of the "Drang nach Osten", "Drive to the east" and of the "Lebensraum", "Living space" theory expounded in Mein Kampf. Darré strongly influenced SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler (see Himmler) in his goal to create a German racial aristocracy based on selective breeding. (see Willigut) Himmler's Rasputin. The Nazi policies of eugenics would lead to the annihilation of millions of non-Germans. Darré resigned in 1942, ostensibly on health grounds, but in reality because he disputed an order from Hitler (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) (see William Hitler) to reduce rations in the labour camps. The American authorities arrested Darré in 1945 and tried him at the subsequent Nuremberg Trials. Darré was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was released in 1950 and died in Munich on 05-09-1953 of cancer of the liver, induced by excessive drinking, like his father.
Darre is buried on the cemetery Hildesheimerstrasse in Goslar, only a few steps from the family grave of Heinz Guderian and his sons (see Guderian) (Kurt) and (Heinz Günther). Some further away are the graves of the WWII Generals Gustav Wagner (see Wagner), Ernst Adolph (see Adolph) and Friedrich Foertsch (see Foertsch).