SS-Obersturmbannführer Gustav Adolf Nosske, he commanded Einsatzkommando 12.


Gustav Adolf Nosske, born 29 December 1902 in Nosske, was a German lawyer and SS Obersturmbannführer In 1941 he commanded Einsatzkommando 12 within Einsatzgruppe D under the command of SS Gruppenführer Otto Ohlendorf .Otto Ohlendorf was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during World War II. He was sentenced to death and hanged at the Landsberg Prison  on 8 June 1951, age 44.

After studying law, Nosske became a lawyer. He joined the Nazi Party  and the  SS in 1933. He was the head of the Gestapo  in Aachen in 1935 and then in Frankfurt from September 1936 to June 1941. He was appointed chief of Einsatzkommando 12 before the invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941. In the areas of Donesk and Novocherkassk his unit committed many atrocities against the civilian population. In mid-August 1941  Otto Ohlendorf ordered Nosske to transport 11,000 Jews  from Mohyliv-Podilsky to Yampil in order to make them cross the Dniester River and place them in the Romanian zone. During this walk hundreds of Jews were murdered. Between 16 and 28 February 1942 Einsatzkommando 12 killed 721 Jews, 271 communists, 74 partisans and 421 Roma. 

In April 1942 Nosske joined the RSHA office in Berlin, iunder SS Gruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich , concerning the Occupied Eastern Territories. In 1943 he was appointed head of the “Foreigners and Enemies of the State” division of the Gestapo. He worked as a liaison between the Reichs Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories under Alfred Ernst Rosenberg  and the RSHA. From August 1943 to September 1944 he was head of the state police in Düsseldorf. He did not execute the order to collect all German Jews of Düsseldorf married to non-Jews for extermination.

Nosske was arrested by the Allies and brought to trial at the Einsatzgruppen Trial  in 1948 at Nuremberg. He was the only accused who did not seek clemency from General Lucius Dubignon Clay  in the American sector of occupation. On 10 April 1948 Gustav Adolf Nosske  was sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes. In 1951 his sentence was commuted to ten years in prison. Upon returning to civilian life he became a coach in Württemberg. On 26 March 1965 he testified as a witness at the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials.

Nosske was born in Halle (Saale). He died August 8, 1986 (Düsseldorf).



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