Naumann, Hugo Robert “Werner”, born 16-06-1909 in Guhrau in Silesia, Prussia, the son of the district judge Max Naumann and his wife Margarete (birth name Schuberth), was State Secretary in Josef Goebbels (did you know) Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda during the Third Reich. He was appointed head of the Propaganda Ministry by Führer Adolf Hitler (did you know) in his political testament after Dr. Goebbels was promoted to Reichskanzler. Naumann was present in the Führerbunker in Berlin in late April 1945. After finishing school, he studied political economics. After his secondary school years, Erich Naumann started working at a trading company in his hometown of Meissen at the age of sixteen. Naumann joined the NSDAP , NSDAP-nr.: 170 257, in November 1929 Naumann became a member of the SA where he rose to the rank of Brigadeführer by 1933. Thereafter, Naumann joined the SS , SS-nr.: 107 496. In 1937 he was Chief of the Propaganda Office in Breslau. A year later he was made the personal aide of Joseph Goebbels and in 1942 became his assistant secretary. His official title was “Undersecretary and Chief of the Minister’s Office in the Propaganda Ministry”. In April 1944 Naumann was named State Secretary in the Propaganda Ministry. He was a member of the Freundeskreis Reichsführer SS around SS Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler and served in the Waffen-SS during World War II. Naumann on the far right when Himmler visited The Hague. (31-01-1944). He was appointed Propaganda Minister in the Flensburg government of Grossadmiral, Karl Dönitz
by Hitler’s Testament of 29-04-1945. At the end of the war and during the battle of Berlin now as a major, Naumann led a unit of the Volksturm, a “Battalion Wilhemplatz” made up of officials from the propaganda ministry, and had made several daily visits to the bunker from his command post under Goebbel’s ministry in the last week. After Hitler’s death, he o
n 01-05-1945, was the leader of break-out group number 3 from the Führerbunker. The group included Reichsleiter, Martin Bormann
SS Obergruppenführer and Hitler’s pilot, Johannes “Hans” Baur
SS Obersturmführer and Hitler’s docter, Dr. Ludwig Stumpfegger
Stumpfegger who helped Magda Goebbels to kill her six children
, committed suicide 02-05-1945, age 34 and Arthur Axmann
SS Obersturmbannführer, Erich Kempka
testified at Nuremberg that he had last seen Naumann walking a metre in front of Martin Bormann when the latter was hit by a Soviet rocket while crossing the Weidendammer Bridge
under heavy fire in Berlin. However, according to Hitler Youth leader Artur Axmann, the group followed a Tiger tank which spearheaded the first attempt to storm across the bridge, but it was destroyed. Bormann, Stumpfegger and himself were “knocked over” when the tank was hit. Axmann crawled to a shellhole where he met up again with Naumann, Bormann, Baur and Stumpfegger and they all made it across the bridge. From that group, only Naumann and Axmann escaped the Soviet Army encirclement of Berlin and made it to western Germany. Then Naumann fled to Argentina. In Argentina, Naumann became one of the editors of the neo-Nazi magazine “Der Weg” published by the Dürer Verlag,
which entered circulation amongst the German community in June 1947. This attracted the interest of Israeli agents, who identified Naumann and made his presence known, and he decided to return to South Germany. He was in hiding there until 1949, when he started an apprenticeship as a bricklayer which he passed with excellent grades. Naumann was the highest ranking member of the Nazi hierarchy known to have gone to Argentina immediately postwar. How he entered is not known. The only Argentine author to have noticed him is Jorge Camarasa,
who noted Naumann in his book. Naumann’s own book Nau Nau gefährdet das Empire was published by Dürer Haus in 1953. Naumann was arrested by the British Army on 16-01-1953
and accused of being the leader of a Neo-Nazi group that attempted to infiltrate West German political parties; he was released after seven months in custody.
Death and burial ground of Naumann, Hugo Robert “Werner”.
Later on, he became director at a metal firm in Lüdenscheid owned by Goebbels’ stepson Harald Quandt
Naumann is buried on the Kommunal cemetery of Piepersloh, Werkhagener Strasse in Lüdenscheid.