Faber de Faur, Moritz von, born 01-09-1886 in Stuttgart, the son of Georg Wilhelm Otto (Faber du Faur) von Faber du Faur and Berthe Amadea Georgine Hermine Henriette (Cottendorf) von Cottendorf. Brother of Karl Wilhelm Edmund Curt (Faber du Faur) von Faber du FaurHusband of Armgard Maria Wilhelmine Anni von Faber du Faur. Moritz entered the Army Service on 01-10-1904, 18 years old, as a volunteer in the 2. Württembergisches Dragoner-Regiment „König“ Nr. 26 . Promoted to Regiment Adjutant in the same regiment Moritz was involved in World War I. He was awarded with both the Iron Crosses and ended the war as a Rittmeister in this Regiment. Faber du Faur was allowed in the new 100.000 men Reichswehr and started World War II as the commander of the 13th Infantry Division succeeding Generalleutnant Paul Otto , during the invasion of Poland. In the spring of 1945, the 13th Division was reformed under the name Feldherrnhalle 2, under command of Generalleutnant Hans Tröger . Tröger survived the war and died 21-01-1982, aged 85, in Schwangau, Bavaria. Generalleutnant Paul Otto , died 14-01-1961, age 79, in Schliersee.
The last engagements with the Soviets were fought on the Austro-Hungarian border. The 13th Division surrendered in Austria in May 1945.
During the invasion of Poland, the 13th Division used civilians as human shields in the battle with the retreating Polish Prusy Army and on 08-09-1939, now under command of Generalleutnant Paul Otto attacked a medical column marked with the Red Cross signs near Odrzywół. A day later, soldiers from the division took part in the revenge killing of 11 civilians and two Polish priests including Dean Stanisław Klimecki
in the nearby town of Drzewica in retaliation for their own military losses.
After German invasion of Poland on 01.09.1939 (Russians invaded 17 days later) and start of the World War II when Germans entered his rectory — following a fierce battle of 13th German Wehrmach Motorised Division with Vilnius Mounted Brigade protecting the retreat of northern Polish Army „Prusy” Group — introduced Fr Anthony Daleciński, chaplain in the Polish Army, as his vicar. But Germans noticed military shoes stickingout below Fr Daleciński’s cassock, took him out onto church spire and murdered. Himself was forced out by German soldiers from his rectory, beaten up and tortured. Then taken to a nearby „Sacharynka” forest, with a cross in his hands he did not want to hand in despite orders, and stabbed to death with bayonets.
Killings have also been reported in nearby settlements of Gielniów, Kamienna Wola, Klwów, Ossa, Przysucha, Potok, Rozwady and Zarzęcin. Paul Otto survived the war and died 14-01-1961 in Schliersee, age 79.
Faber de Faur lost his command and landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) until September, when he came in the Staff of the 18th Army under command of General der Infanterie Ehrenfried-Oskar Boege and was ordered to the Western Front. General der Infanterie Ehrenfried-Oskar Boege surrendered to the Soviet forces in May 1945 in the Courland Pocket. Convicted as a war criminal in the Soviet Union, he was held until 1955 and died 31-12-1965, aged 76. On 21-10-1941 Faber de Faur ordered the execution of 50 French resistance men after the death of a German government manager. He became the command of the Army Region 593, in January 1942, under the 4th Panzer Division of General der Panzertruppe, Heinrich Eberbach
and came on the Eastern Front. End 1942 he lost his command of the 593 and again in the Reserve. Assigned as Military-Replacement-Inspector Innsbruck, until 25-10-1944. Relieved from Command because of alleged decomposition of the Military Strength, was put before a Court-Martial and acquitted, Führer-Reserve OKH , from 25-10-1944 until 08-05- 1945. He was captured by the French Forces in 1946 for his war crimes and in prison for 3 years. He was released of the charges of murder, during a process in Paris, on 31-05-1949.
Death and burial ground of Faber de Faur, Moritz von.
He became a free man on 01-06-1949 and lived in Gräfeling, until his death on 04-03-1971 at the old age of 84. He is buried on the Stadfriedhof of Gräfeling, only steps from the graves of WWII Generalleutnant der Infanterie, The high commander of Feldkommandeur 569, in Wolhynien, Friedrich Haselmayr, General der Flieger, Kommandant der Luftregio I Königsberg, Albert Vierling, General der Flieger/Artillerie, Kommandeur Wehrkreis VII, Edmund Wachenfeld, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Kommandant von Bohemië und Moravië, Max Ziervogel and Hitler’s first driver and look a like , SS Brigadeführer, Julius Schreck and the Nazi jurist, Theodor Maunz.
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