Seisser, Hans Ritter von.

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Seisser, Hans Ritter von, born 09-12-1874 in northwestern Bavaria, in Würzburg, the son of Ludwig-Barbarossa Seisser, judge at the Bavarian Commercial Court and his wife Fanny, born Wagenhäuser. Seißer’s sister Anna married Generalmajor Julius Ritter von Braun (1864–1933) in 1890. Seisser’s uncle Andreas Ritter von Seisser was President of the Bavarian State Bank; a nephew of his father, councilor of commerce Michael-Philipp Seißer, was deputy head of the women’s association of the Red Cross for Northern Bavaria and ran the family company Seisser. The Seisser family runs a textile trading house (since 1773) and a bank, the “Bankhaus Louis Seisser” in Wüzburg. Seisser marries Wally Leube, pathologist girl and internist, the Dr Wilhelm von Leube. In 1893 Seisser joined the Bavarian artillery regiment. When war was declared in 1914, he held the rank of commander, Major First General Staff Officer, 4th Infantry Division. On 26-09-1914, Seißer was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Military Order of Max Joseph for his achievements in the battle at Bapaume. On September 26 of the same year, he received the privilege of being bred on a non-hereditary basis. On 16-09-1920, he was appointed Oberstleutnant before being conscripted into the Bavarian State Police.

In September 1923, following a period of turmoil and political violence, Prime Minister Eugen von Knilling declared martial law and appointed Gustav von Kahr, Staatskomissar (state commissioner), with dictatorial powers. Knilling died in Munich on 20-10-1927 at the age of 62, in Munich. Together with Seisser, who allowed himselves to be persuaded into a coup government under the designated Prime Minister Ernst Pöhner . and Reichswehr General Otto Hermann von Lossow, they formed a right-wing triumvirate in Bavaria. Von Lossow died 25-11-1938 (aged 70) in Munich, Bavaria, Prime Minister Ernst Pöhner on 11-04-1925 (aged 55) died in a mysterious car accident.

That year, many nationalist groups wanted to emulate Mussolini‘s “March on Rome”

by a “March on Berlin”. Among these were the wartime General Erich Ludendorff and also the Nazi (NSDAP) group, led by Adolf Hitler. Hitler decided to try to seize power in what was later known as the “Munich Putsch” or Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler and Ludendorff sought the support of the “triumvirate”. However, Kahr, Seisser and Lossow had their own plan to install a nationalist dictatorship without Hitler. Hitler was determined to act before the appeal of his agitation waned. So on 08-11-1923, Hitler and the SA stormed a public meeting of 3,000 people which had been organized by Kahr in the Bürgerbräukeller,

   a large beer hall in Munich. Hitler interrupted Kahr’s speech and announced that the national revolution had begun, declaring the formation of a new government with Ludendorff. While waving his gun around, Hitler demanded the support of Kahr, Seisser and Lossow. Hitler’s forces initially succeeded at occupying the local Reichswehr and police headquarters; however, neither the army nor the state police joined forces with Hitler. Kahr, Seisser and Lossow were briefly detained but then released. The men quickly withdrew their support and fled to join the opposition to Hitler. The following day, Hitler and his followers marched from the beer hall to the Bavarian War Ministry to overthrow the Bavarian government on their “March on Berlin”, but the police dispersed them. Sixteen NSDAP members and four police officers were killed in the failed coup Hitler landed in the Prison of Landsberg with his right hand and friend . Rudolf Hess.  also his half jewisch driver Emil Maurice

Death and burial ground of Seisser Hans Ritter von.

Seisser went into retirement in 1930. From 1933, he was a prisoner in Dachau concentration camp. He was released in 1945 when American forces captured the camp, and returned to retirement. Seißer had been married since 1903 to Walburga (Wally) Leube, daughter of the pathologist and internist Wilhelm von Leube. The two had a son and a daughter. His son Hans-Ulrich Seisser was married to Barbara Brinckman (* 1921), daughter of the Hamburg merchant and consul Franz Brinckman. The marriage later ended in divorce. Seisser’s daughter also married into a Hamburg merchant family. His descendants live in Munich. Hans Ritter von Seisser died 14-04-1973, old age 98, in München and is buried at the Hauptfriedhof Würzburg, Martin-Luther-Straße 20, 97072 Würzburg, Stadtkreis Würzburg, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany…


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