, ordering the execution of his SS rival Emil Sembach, executed age 43, on 01-07-1934. On 30-06-1934 von Woyrsch took command in Silesia and on the orders of Hermann Goering (see Goering-Fock) arrested a number of SA leaders, disarmed all SA headquarters’ guards and occupied the Breslau police headquarters. Von Woyrsch’s men murdered some of the SA officers as a result of an on-going private envy.” Udo von Woyrsch had a close friendship with Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich, and was on Himmler’s personal staff. On 01-01-1935 he was promoted to SS Obergruppenführer. In September 1939 von Woyrsch commanded the Einsatzgruppen specifically charged with, and adept at, terrorizing and murdering the Jewish population of Poland. The brutality of this Einsatzgruppen in Kattowitz was such that outraged Wehrmacht officers interceded with the Gestapo to have it stopped. Between 20-04-1940 and February 1944 von Woyrsch was the Higher SS and Police Leader in military district IV and district leader in Dresden. According to Richard Grunberger, von Woyrsch was part of Himmler’s entourage trailing about northern Germany in 1945. Von Woyrsch was a POW of the British from 1945 to 1948 when he was sentenced to 20 years but released in 1952. Tried again in 1957 for the “Röhm Putsch” but released in 1960.
Richard Grunberger (7 March 1924 Vienna, Austria – 15 February 2005) was a British historian, who specialized in study of the Third Reich. He was born in Austria to Jewish parents. After the 1938 Anschluss with Hitler’s Germany, he was put on the first Kindertransport train to leave Vienna. He was initially housed in a refugee camp at Lowestoft in England. He died age 80 on 15-02-2005.