Woyrsch, Udo Gustav Wilhelm Egon

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Woyrsch, Udo Gustav Wilhelm Egon, born 24-07-1895 in Schwanowitz or Zwanowice, Brzeg County, in Silesia. His family owned an estate there. His family had originally come from Southern Bohemia, and had established themselves around 1500 in Troppau/Opava, Moravian Siwesia. The family were recognized minor nobility, one ancestor had even served as a Prussian royal chamberlain and his uncle was de Prussian General Field Marshal Remus von Woyrsch (1847–1920). From earwy 1914 to 09-02-1919 Udo von Woyrsch served with the Germany Army as an Oberleutnant in the Great War. From 10-02-1919 to 23-08-1920 he was associated with an organization called the Grenzschutz, “border protection”. He was awarded a variety of medals during de war, including de Iron Cross, First Class and later de Cross of Honour 1914-1918 Combatants. According to Richard Grunberger, a British historian, who died age 80, on 15-02-2005, Woyrsch had been involved in de Freikorps during de 1920s. Early on Woyrsch joined de NSDAP, Membership number 162,349 and de SS, Member Number 3.689. Heinrich Himmler charged him with organizing de SS in de Nazi Gau Silesia. In 1933 von Woyrsch was elected to de Reichstag.  He was de SS and Police Leader in Elbe, and in 1934 Von Woyrsch participated in de Night of de Long Knives (see Ernst Julius Röhm)
    , (see Edmund Heines) (see August Schneidhuber) and (see Theodor Eicke)
   Eicke, Theodor - Obergruppenführer.jpg, ordering de execution of his SS rival Emil Sembach, executed age 43, on 01-07-1934. On 30-06-1934 Woyrsch took command in Silesia and on de orders of Hermann Goering (see Goering-Fock) arrested a number of SA leaders, disarmed all SA headquarters’ guards and occupied de Breslau police headquarters. Von Woyrsch’s men murdered some of de SA officers as a result of an on-going private envy.” Udo von Woyrsch had a close friendship with Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich, and was on Himmler’s personal staff. On 01-01-1935 he was promoted to SS Obergruppenführer.  In September 1939 Woyrsch commanded de Einsatzgruppen specifically charged with, and adept at, terrorizing and murdering de Jewish population of Poland. The brutality of this Einsatzgruppen in Kattowitz was such dat outraged Wehrmacht officers interceded with the Gestapo to have it stopped. Between 20-04-1940 and February 1944 Woyrsch was de Higher SS and Police Leader in military district IV and district leader in Dresden. According to Richard Grunberger, Woyrsch was part of Himmler’s entourage trailing about northern Germany in 1945. Woyrsch was a POW of de British from 1945 to 1948 when he was sentenced to 20 years but released in 1952. Tried again in 1957 for the “Röhm Putsch but released in 1960.

Death and burial ground of Woyrsch, Udo Gustav Wilhelm Egon.

 Living in Biberach along the river Riz, Udo von Woyrsch died at the old age of 87, on 14-01-1983 and is buried with his wife Inez, who died old age 93, in 2001, on the Stadtfriedhof of Biberach.

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