Meyer-Quade, Joachim “Jochen”, born 22-11-1897 in Düsseldorf, attended elementary school. From 1914 to 1915, he was in an agricultural apprenticeship. On 21-01-1915, he joined the 84th Field Artillery Regiment, in Ypres, then on 01-11-1915 with the 99th Infantry Regiment, with which he fought at the locations of Flanders, Verdun and Somme and finally was in French captivity. After multiple attempts, he was released from prison in January 1920. After the war Meyer Quade worked again in agriculture, initially as an apprentice. From 1924 to 1925, he attended a higher educational institution for practical farmers in Schleswig. Then he worked until 1926 as an agricultural Inspector. In June 1925, Meyer-Quade was member of the NSDAP, Nr. 7.608 . Together with the Gauleiter of Schleswig-Holstein, Hinrich Lohse, he died age 67, on 25-01-1964, Meyer Quade soon became the leading Nazi in the province. As NSDAP District Manager, Meyer-Quade was responsible for the North East of Schleswig-Holstein. From August until December 1932 he became the NSDAP Gauleiter of Schleswig-Holstein for a short time. In the SA , he enlisted in July 1927. He rose to the rank of SA upper guide in July 1932 after several promotion and was for the leadership of the SA subgroup Schleswig responsible. In 1929 he became a member of the District Assembly to Schleswig. At the Reichstag elections of September 1930 Meyer-Quade was elected as a candidate of the Nazi party for the constituency of 13 (Schleswig) in the Reichstag, he was a member until 24-05-1932. the mandate waiver was Meyer-Quade’s choice in the Prussian Landtag, of which he was a member until 1933. In the Parliament, he was Chairman of the Committee on agriculture. 16 Months after his retirement from the Reichstag Meyer Quade returned Parliament in the November 1933 in which after the takeover, he was then nearly six years the until his death in 1939. After the Nazi seizure of power by the Meyer-Quade took over various public offices. As Landrat des Kreises Schleswig, he resigned shortly after his appointment at the own request in December 1933. In April 1934, he was Chief of police in Kiel. In July 1934, he joined the people’s Court. The SA Meyer-Quade was promoted in November 1937 to SA Obergruppenführer. In September 1935, he led the SA group Nordmark . In 1939 Meyer Quade participated an infantry protection company in the rank of Leutnant and leader in the battle of Poland. Less than two weeks after the war began, on 12-09-1939, age 41, he was killed in fighting at Piatek, Poland. The Nazis, Josef Goebbels (did you know) and his assistant Werner Naumann
took the death of Meyer-Quade as an opportunity to develop a personality cult. In his home town, a place is named after him, in Tønder a Adolf Hitler (did you know) youth home. In the Warthegau, a western part of the German-occupied territory of Poland for the early German settlement, a Department of the Reichsarbeitsdienst was named after Meyer-Quade. In the General Government, the eastern part of occupied Poland, the town of Kutno is named after Meyer-Quade in Quadenstädt.
Burial ground of Meyer-Quade, Joachim “Jochen”.
When Joachim Meyer-Quade falls in battle, on 10-09-1939, age 41, in Piatek, a few days after the German invasion of Poland, the Nazi propagandists in his “Heimatgau” Schleswig-Holstein stage a personality cult unprecedented for the province: In his hometown of Schleswig, not only a place is named after him but also in Tondern a Hitler Youth Home, in the Warthegau a department of the “Reich Labor Service” (RAD) and in occupied Poland the city Kutno in Quadenstädt renamed. Already in his lifetime a pleasure boat carries the name “Joachim Meyer-Quade”. Born in Dusseldorf in 1897, Meyer-Quade found his way to the NSDAP in June 1925. Above all, however, he is leader of the SA group “Nordmark”. The special role of Meyer-Quades during the National Socialism in Schleswig-Holstein is explained not only by his offices, but also as an (inner-party) figure of integration through his emphatically popular appearance – especially in the SA milieu – as “Our Jochen” Meyer-Quade is buried on the war cemetery of Mlawka in Poland, SA leader Victor Lütze visited his grave.