Weitzel, Fritz Philip, born 27-04-1904 in Frankfurt am Main, became a member of Nazi Party in 1925 and of SS in 1926. In 1930 he was promoted to leader of SS in Rheinland and Ruhr. He became Polizeipräsident in Düsseldorf in 1933, and Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer West in 1938. During 1939 Weitzel wrote the book Celebrations of the SS Family which described the holidays to be celebrated along with how married SS men and their family’s should celebrate them. This book written by Weitzel described how the Julleuchter should be used, which was a Yuletide gift by Reichsleiter Heinrich Himmler to the SS. Following the German invasion of Norway on 09-04-1940, Weitzel was brought to Norway on 21 April to become Höherer SS- und Polizei Führer in the country’s capital, Oslo. He would not last in this position for long, however, as he died, age 36 on 19-06-1940, in an aerial attack on his home town Düsseldorf during a visit there in June 1940. Like SS Obergruppenführer, Reichsminister of Food and Agriculture, Richard Walther Darré. Weitzel was one of the key figures concerning the cultural aspects of the SS. His efforts helped Himmler with what he call the “arteigene Kultur”, which was the recreated German pagan religion.
Death and burial ground of Weitzel, Fritz Philip.
Fritz Weitzel is buried with his wife Betty, born Wengenroth, who died age 86, on 04-08-1998, on the North cemetery of Düsseldorf. Close by are the graves of different “famous” WW II personalities, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 271th Volkgrenadier Division, Martin Bieber, Hitler’s Press Chief SS Obergruppenführer, Otto Dietrich, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur 7th Flak Division, Alfred Erhard, the former commander of concentration camp Westerbork, in the Netherlands SS Obersturmführer, Albert Gemmeker, Anne Frank and her family, father, mother and sister Margo, were integrated in this camp, before leaving to Bergen Belsen, where they died, father Otto Frank survived, he died old age 91, on 19-08-1980,
remarried in Bazel, Switzerland. Also buried there are Hitler’s favourite architects, Hermann Giesler and Paul Giesler and Arno Breker.