Bradfisch, Otto, born on 10-05-1903 in Zweibrücken, Rheinland, as the second of grocery salesman Karl Bradfisch’s four children. In Kaiserslautern he went to the Volksschule for four years and afterwards to the Gymnasium. In 1922, he did the school-leaving examination. At the Universities of Freiburg, Leipzig, Heidelberg, and Innsbruck Bradfisch studied economics. He ended his studies with a graduation to Dr. rer. pol. at the University of Innsbruck in 1926. Afterwards, Bradfisch studied law in Erlangen and Munich to improve his professional chances in difficult times. He sat for the state law examination on 17-02-1932, and the second on 20-09-1935. Already by 01-01-1931, Bradfisch had joined the NSDAP with membership number 405,869. At the time he was studying in Munich, he was working as the acting local group leader/Ortsgruppenleiter in Munich-Freising. In 1936, he joined the National Socialist Motor Corps. On 26-09-1938, he joined the SS (membership no. 310,180) as an SS-Obersturmführer (First lieutenant).
He was an economist, a jurist, an as SS Obersturmbannführer , Leader of Einsatzkommando 8 of Einsatzgruppe B of the Security Police and the SD. Bradfisch applied for service in the Gestapo , into which he was hired on 15-03-1937 and was attached to Einsatzgruppe B of the Security Police and the Sicherheitsdienst in June 1941. Einsatzgruppe B was one of four Einsatzgruppen deployed for special operations during Operation Barbarossa, the attack on the Soviet Union. The Einsatzgruppen task was, as established by oral Führer order and a written direction from Reichssicherheitshauptamt (RSHA) Chief Reinhard Heydrich. They had to eliminate, Jews, com intern functionaries, saboteurs, assassins, agitators and so on
Bradfisch was awarded the rank deemed to befit a man in his position, SS Sturmbannführer. Leader of the EK 8, Bradfisch was responsible for all measures and executions, organized by SS Obersturmbannführer, Adolf Eichmann.
To some extent, he led the executions and in the odd case even shot with his own hand. As the Red Army loomed, he managed to escape westwards, procuring for himself a Wehrmacht pay book with junior officer Karl Evers’s name on it. He worked first in farming and later in mining. When Bradfisch became an insurance agent in Kaiserslautern, eventually for Hamburg-Mannheimer as a regional director, he once again began using his true name. He then first found himself in American custody as a prisoner of war, but was then transferred to British custody and by August 1945 he was released.
Death and burial ground of Bradfisch, Otto.
In 1963, he was sentenced to 13 years in prison. On 16-10-1965 Bradfisch left prison. He had served 4 years, 2 months, and 26 days- about 1 hour for each of his 37,000 victims. Bradfisch and his wife, who were married on 23-11-1932, had three children, the youngest of whom, a girl born in Łódź, died as they were fleeing the Soviet army advance. Bradfisch then lived in Munich and died at the very old age of 91, on 22-06-1994. Bradfisch is buried with his wife Marie Louise, who died also at very old age 95, on 07-01-2005, on the Westfriedhof of Munich, close by to the graves of Ernst Julius Röhm and Hitler’s pilot SS Obergruppenführer, Hand Baur. Oberst der Flieger, Company Chief of a Stuka Squadron, Alfred Genz and Generaal der Flieger, Chef Kommandeur der Luftwaffe, Josef Kammhuber
and Generalleutnant der Wehmacht, Inspecteur der Fahrtruppen, Rudolf Trauch, SA leader, Johannes Schweighart, the founder of the NSDAP, Anton Drexler, the SA leader, Edmund Heines, Hitler’s doctor SS Obersturmbannführer, Dr. Ludwig Stumpfegger, the one who gave the suicide pills to Magda Goebbels to kill her six children.
Hitler’s youngest secretary Traudl Junge
and the contested Dutch actor and singer, who die old age of 108, Johan Heesters.