- Hollidt, Karl Adolf
Generaloberst der Infanterie. Oberbefehlhaber der 6th Armee.
- 25-04-1891, Speyer, Rhineland.
- 22-05-1985, old age, 94, Speyer.
Speyer, Stadtfriedhof. Abt 37-Hauptweg-Grab 45/46.
Hollidt, Karl Adolf
Karl Hollidt, born 25-04-1891 in Speyer, Rhineland, was educated in his hometown of Speyer. After finishing school in 1909, he enlisted into an 117th Infantry Regiment in whose third company he was appointed Second Lieutenant in 1910. During the First World War, Hollidt served on the Western Front. Over the course of the war he received a total of two promotions: to First Lieutenant in 1915 and in 1918 to the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 09-09-1914 and the Iron Cross 1st Class on 18-1-1916. At the beginning of World War II, Hollidt served as a commander of the 52nd Infantry Division. From 01-11-1939, he served as a Chief-of-Staff with Commander-in-Chief Ost, General Blaskowitz (see Blaskowitz). Lieutenant General Hollidt promoted 01-04-1940) served from October, 1940 as the commander of the 50th Infantry Division in Greece, where he succeeded Generalleutnant Konrad Sorsche (see Sorsche). Promoted to the rank of General der Infanterie, Hollidt commanded XVII Army Corps which was planned to take part in the relief operation concerning the 6th Army , then encircled in the Russian city of Stalingrad, with Field Marshal von Paulus (see Paulus). After the surrender of the 6th Army, 6th was reconstituted in March, 1943 and Hollidt was given its command. He was promoted to Generaloberst on 01-09-1943. In 1944, his 6th Army suffered severe losses during its retreat from its area of operations north of the Dnieper. Hollidt was subsequently dismissed from his command and put into Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know). In 1945, Hollidt was captured by US forces. After a trial held at Nuremberg, he was convicted of the unlawful use of prisoners of war and of the deportation and enslavement of civilians. He was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, of which he served a little less than 14 months, from October 27, 1948 until his release on 22-12-1949. He passed away on 22-05-1985, at the very old age of 94, in Siegen and is buried with his wife Trude, born Engelhorn, who died age 82 in 1989, on the Stadtfriedhof of Speyer, only steps from the grave of General Oskar Cantzler (see Cantzler).