Maisel, Ernst, born 16-09-1896 in Landau, Germany. At the rank of Oberstleutnant while serving with the 42nd Infantry Regiment. On 06-04-1942 as an Oberst in 42th Infantry Regiment he was awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross . As a Generalmajor he was Chief of the Office Group for Officers’ Education and Welfare of the Army Personnel Office. One of his responsibilities in this appointment was to be court protocol officer of the Army court of honor that investigated army officers suspected of involvement in the July 20 plot. On 17-07-1944, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel was being driven to the front lines in France to try to get back his troops support. His car was bombed between Livarot and Vimoutiers by Allied air planes. Rommel was seriously injured. He was moved to a Luftwaffe hospital, where he gained consciousness on July 24th.
In the capacity of court protocol officer, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, instructed by Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel to offer Rommel a choice – take poison, receive a state funeral, and obtain immunity for his family – or face a treason trial, Ernst Maisel, at order of Wilhelm Keitel
, Adolf Hitler
accompanied his superior General der Infanterie, Wilhelm Emauel Burgdorf, Burgdorf committed suicide age 50, on 02-05-1945, in the Führerbunker,
to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s home in southern Germany as a witness to the completion of Rommel’s suicide on 14-10-1944. Maisel was present in Rommel’s study when Burgdorf offered Rommel the choice of facing the People’s Court or commit suicide, but was not present when Burgdorf provided Rommel with a cyanide capsule. While he accompanied Burgdorf in escorting Rommel, in a vehicle, to the location where Rommel was to take the cyanide capsule, Maisel was once again dismissed by Burgdorf, thus only saw the Field Marshal’s remains but did not witness the process. Near the end of the war, he was promoted to the rank of Generalleutnant and was placed in command of the 68th
. The youngest Generalleutnant in WWII, with 36, was Theodor Tolsdorff
He was captured by the Americans on 07-05-1945 and was imprisoned until March 1947.
Death and burial ground of Maisel, Ernst.
Ernst Maisel died at the old age of 82, on 16-12-1978, in Schönau am Königsee, Bavaria and is buried with his wife Liselotte, born Barth, who died very old age 98, on 19-09-2011, on the Bergfriedhof of Berchtesgaden. Close by the graves of Vice Admiral, Hans Erich Voss
and Hitler’s sister Paula