Lasch, Karl.

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Lasch, Karl, born 29-12-1904, in Kassel, the son of a roofer. He attended the Wilhelmsgymnasium in his birthplace. After an internship at the local commercial bank, he decided to study economics. He did that in Cologne, Göttingen and Munich. He graduated in 1927. A year later, he obtained a doctorate in political science from the University of Cologne.

After graduating, Lasch found work at the Klöckner Group, but was fired due to financial irregularities. He subsequently became an accountant in Kassel, but this position was terminated due to an embezzlement charge. In 1931 Lasch moved to Munich where he studied law.

Lasch joined the NSDAP (Member number 547,640), in June 1931. He worked for the party’s legal department. A year earlier he had already become a member of the National Socialist Association for German Lawyers (BNSDJ). Lasch also joined the SA. During his period in Munich he got to know Hans Frank who in 1933 became Minister of Justice in Bavaria.

In early 1934, Lasch was appointed director of the Academy of German Law. He also headed the Nazi attorneys’ office in the foreign branch of the NSDAP. In 1935 he defended his thesis, which later turned out to be largely based on plagiarism.

Heads of Districts of the General-Governorate for the Occupied Polish Region. Left to right: L. Fischer (Warsaw District), F. Schmidt (Lublin District), O. von Wächter (Cracow District), and Karl Lasch (Radom District)  Governor Hans Frank accompanied by district governors – group photography. From left visible: Karl Lasch, Otto Gustav von Wachter,

  Hans Michael Frank,

Ludwig Fischer, SA Gruppenführer and a German Nazi Party lawyer, politician and a convicted war criminal who was executed for war crimes. 08-02-1947, age 41. and Ernst Zorner. Ernst Zörner suddenly disappeared after the war. In 1960 he was pronounced dead at the request of his daughter on 21-12-1945, age 50.

After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Frank appointed his friend governor of the district of Radom, one of the four districts in the General Government. In August 1941, Lasch was appointed governor of Galicia. During his time in Poland he showed himself as a fervent anti-Semite who of his own accord and with great cruelty instituted anti-Jewish measures. At the same time, he used his position to enrich himself at the expense of Jews who asked him for help.

Throughout his activity in Poland, Lasch showed himself to be a ruthless anti-Semite, carrying out anti-Jewish measures of his own accord and with great cruelty. At the same time, he extorted vast amounts of money, valuables, and furniture from Jews who asked for his help. He sent accomplices and friends such as the Munich art dealer Hans Moser, his brother-in-law, the bookseller Willi Frevert, and his adjutant Leder on shopping and robbery trips to Holland and France in order to smuggle large quantities of valuable carpets, silk fabrics and spirits into the General Government. Lasch was eventually denounced. However, party court proceedings against him on 30-09-1941 for irregularities were discontinued subject to conditions. Lasch had been accused of embezzling academy funds and losing his Dr. legal not acquired correctly. Lasch, who had been stripped of his NSDAP office for three years, was suspended from his governorship by Governor General Hans Frank on 06-01-1942.

The degree of self-enrichment to which Lasch was guilty was also extreme by German standards. Also known was Dr. jus. not received in the correct manner. In a meeting between Hans Frank and Reichsleiter  Heinrich Himmler.

  at the beginning of 1942, it was decided to remove Lasch from his position. His successor was Otto Gustav von Wächter.   Frank’s decision to drop Lasch may have been influenced by the rumor that Lasch was dating Frank’s wife. Frank thought – wrongly, by the way – that Lasch was the biological father of his youngest son Niklas.

Death and burial ground of Lasch, Karl.

Lasch was arrested on 24-01-1942 and imprisoned in Kraków. He was charged with corruption and financial fraud. He died on 01-06-1942, before the trial was over. The exact cause of death has never been made clear. He may have been shot on Heinrich Himmler’s orders, another option is that Lasch committed suicide. On 01-06-1942, age 37, Lasch died either in Breslau or in the Auschwitz concentration camp before the trial was completed. The death certificate was found in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. However, it was created a few months later, so the exact course of death remains in the dark

Karl Lasch is buried at the Waldfriedhof in Münich, Grosshadern, Stadtkreis/Region München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany.

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