WWII Nazi Leaders and Officials  

Barbara Gaston
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List of members and officials of the German Nazi Party in the years leading up to and comprising World War II. This list includes all Nazi Party members who held significant titles, ranks or occupations within the party between the years 1920 (when the Nazi Party was founded) and 1945, when the Second World War ended and the Nazi Party was dissolved.

NOTE: The list does not include Nazi leaders and officials from satellite parties created following WWII, such as the American Neo-Nazi organization. It also leaves out individuals associated with Nazism, but who were not ranking members of the party, such as Leni Riefenstahl.

Many of these leaders of the Nazi Party never attained the infamy and notoriety of iconic Nazi officials such as Reinhard Heydrich (chief of the Reich Main Security Office, which included the Gestapo) or propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. Nevertheless, students of 20th Century European History - and World War II in particular - may find this collection of Nazi leadership helpful, detailing the top Nazi leaders and top Nazi officials.

“Expert of racial matters at the Ministry of the Interior“

Adolf Eichmann “SS-Obersturmbannführer“

Suicide, Gunshot - “Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party“

Adolf Hühnlein “Korpsführer of the National Socialist Motor Corps“

Adolf von Trotha Adolf von Trotha was a German admiral in the Kaiserliche Marine from Koblenz, Rhenish Prussia.

“Gauleiter of München-Oberbayern and Bavarian Interior Minister“

Adolf Ziegler

Adrian von Renteln Theodor Adrian von Renteln was an activist and politician in Nazi Germany. During World War II, he was General Commissioner of Generalbezirk Litauen and was involved in perpetrating the ...more

Hanging - “Politician and governor of the province Danzig-West Prussia“

“Architect for Nazis' offices and residences“

Alfred Baeumler “Philosopher who interpreted the works of Friedrich Nietzsche“

Alfred Jodl “Generaloberst and Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command“

Suicide - “Deputy Reichsminister in the Reich Ministry“

Alfred Naujoks “SS-Sturmbannführer and leader of the attack on the Gleiwitz radio station“

Capital punishment, Hanging - “Nazi 'philosopher'“

Alfred Wünnenberg “SS-Obergruppenführer“

Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach “Member of Freundeskreis der Wirtschaft“

Alois Brunner “Commander of the Drancy internment camp“

Amon Göth “SS-Hauptsturmführer“

Anton Burger “Commandant of Concentration camp Theresienstadt“

Anton Drexler “Politician and member of the Nazi party“

Arthur Greiser Hanging - “Chief of Civil Administration“

Arthur Liebehenschel “Commandant of Auschwitz and Majdanek death camps“

Arthur Nebe “SS-Gruppenführer"“

Hanging - “Austrian Nazi“

“Chief of the Social Office of the Reich Youth Leadership“

Artur Phleps “SS-Obergruppenführer“

Hanging - “Gauleiter of Oberdonau“

August Heißmeyer “Leading member of the SS“

August Hirt “Chairman at the Reich University in Strasbourg“

Benno von Arent “Responsible for art, theatres, and movies in the Third Reich“

Bernhard Krüger “Leader of the VI F 4a Unit in the Reichssicherheitshauptamt“

Suicide - Dr. Bernhard Rust was Minister of Science, Education and National Culture in Nazi Germany. A combination of school administrator and zealous Nazi, he issued decrees, often bizarre, at every ...more

Carl Clauberg “Doctor who conducted medical experiments on human beings“

Carl Schmitt was a German philosopher, jurist and political theorist. Schmitt is a major figure in 20th century legal and political theory, writing extensively on the effective wielding of ...more

Christian Wirth “SS-Obersturmführer“

Dietrich Eckart Myocardial infarction - “Important early member of the National-Socialist German Workers' Party“

Dietrich Klagges “Premier of the Duchy of Brunswick“

Eduard Wirths

Emil Kaschub “Doctor who conducted experiments on Nazi concentration camp prisoners“

Emil Maurice “Personal friend of Hitle“

Erhard Heiden “Founding member of the Schutzstaffel (SS)“


Erich Hilgenfeldt “Head of the Nazi's Office For People's Welfare“

“Gauleiter of the NSDAP in East Prussia“

Erich Priebke “participant in the Ardeatine massacre in Rome“

Erich Raeder “Großadmiral, Commander-in-Chief of the Navy“

Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski “Commander of the “Bandenkämpfverbände" SS units“

Ernst Boepple Hanging - “State Secretary of the General Government in Poland“