wwii Nazi Leaders and Officials  

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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.

Achim Gercke “Expert of racial matters at the Ministry of the Interior“ Achim Gercke was a German politician. Born in Greifswald, Gercke became a department head of the NSDAP in Munich on January 1, 1932. In April 1933, he was appointed to the Ministry of the ...more

Adolf Eichmann “SS-Obersturmbannführer“

Adolf Hitler Suicide, Gunshot “Politician and leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party“ Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As ...more

Adolf Hühnlein “Korpsführer of the National Socialist Motor Corps“ Adolf Hühnlein was a German soldier and Nazi Party official. He was the Korpsführer of the National Socialist Motor Corps, the NSKK, from 1934 until his death in 1942. He had been ...more

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

Adolf Wagner “Gauleiter of München-Oberbayern and Bavarian Interior Minister“ Adolf Wagner was a German soldier and high-ranking Nazi Party official born in Algrange, Alsace-Lorraine.

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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

Albert Forster Hanging “Politician and governor of the province Danzig-West Prussia“ Albert Maria Forster was a Nazi German politician. Under his administration as the Gauleiter of Danzig-West Prussia during the Second World War, the local non-German population of Poles and Jews ...more

Albert Speer “Architect for Nazis' offices and residences“ Berthold Konrad Hermann Albert Speer was a German architect who was, for a part of World War II, Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich. Speer was Adolf Hitler's chief ...more

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“

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Alfred Meyer Suicide “Deputy Reichsminister in the Reich Ministry“ Alfred Meyer was a Nazi official. By the time of his death at the end of World War II in Europe, he was Staatssekretär and Deputy Reichsminister in the Reich Ministry for the Occupied ...more

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

Alfred Rosenberg Capital punishment, Hanging “Nazi 'philosopher'“ Alfred Ernst Rosenberg was a Baltic German philosopher and an influential ideologue of the Nazi Party. Rosenberg was first introduced to Adolf Hitler by Dietrich Eckart; he later held several ...more

Alfred Wünnenberg “SS-Obergruppenführer“

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

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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“ Anton Drexler was a German far-right political leader of the 1920s who was instrumental in the formation of the pan-German and anti-Semitic German Workers' Party, the antecedent of the Nazi ...more

Arthur Greiser Hanging “Chief of Civil Administration“ Arthur Karl Greiser was a Nazi German politician, SS-Obergruppenführer and Reichsstatthalter of the German-occupied territory of Wartheland. He was one of the persons primarily responsible ...more

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Arthur Liebehenschel “Commandant of Auschwitz and Majdanek death camps“

Arthur Nebe “SS-Gruppenführer"“

Arthur Seyss-Inquart Hanging “Austrian Nazi“ Arthur Seyss-Inquart was an Austrian Nazi politician who served as Chancellor of Austria for two days – from March 11 until March 13, 1938 – before the Anschluss annexation of Austria by Nazi ...more

Artur Axmann “Chief of the Social Office of the Reich Youth Leadership“ Artur Axmann was the German Nazi national leader of the Hitler Youth from 1940 to the war's end in 1945. He was the last living Nazi with a rank equivalent to Reichsführer.

Artur Phleps “SS-Obergruppenführer“

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August Eigruber Hanging “Gauleiter of Oberdonau“ August Eigruber was an Austrian-born Nazi Gauleiter of Reichsgau Oberdonau and Landeshauptmann of Upper Austria, later hanged by the Allies.

August Heißmeyer “Leading member of the SS“

August Hirt “Chairman at the Reich University in Strasbourg“

Baldur von Schirach “Leader of Hitler Youth“ Baldur Benedikt von Schirach was a Nazi youth leader later convicted of crimes against humanity. He was the head of the Hitler-Jugend and later Gauleiter and Reichsstatthalter of Vienna.

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

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

Bernhard Rust 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 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“

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Dietrich Eckart Myocardial infarction “Important early member of the National-Socialist German Workers' Party“ Dietrich Eckart was a German journalist and politician who, with Adolf Hitler, was one of the early key members of the Nazi Party and a participant in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch.

Dietrich Klagges “Premier of the Duchy of Brunswick“ Dietrich Klagges was a National Socialist politician and from 1933 to 1945 the appointed premier of the now abolished state of Braunschweig. He also went by the pseudonym Rudolf Berg.

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

Emil Maurice “Personal friend of Hitle“ Emil Maurice was an early member of the National Socialist German Workers Party and a founding member of the SS. Together with Erich Kempka, he served as one of Hitler's personal chauffeurs. ...more

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

Erhard Milch “Generalfeldmarschall“ Erhard Milch was a German field marshal who oversaw the development of the Luftwaffe as part of the re-armament of Germany following World War I, and served as founding Director of Deutsche Luft ...more

Erich Hilgenfeldt “Head of the Nazi's Office For People's Welfare“ Georg Paul Erich Hilgenfeldt was a German official and a high NSDAP government official.

Erich Koch “Gauleiter of the NSDAP in East Prussia“ Erich Koch was a Gauleiter of the Nazi Party in East Prussia from 1928 until 1945. Between 1941 and 1945 he was the Chief of Civil Administration of Bezirk Bialystok. During this period, he was ...more

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“ Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski was an SS-Obergruppenführer mainly active in Central Russia, directing anti-partisan warfare, and in Poland, leading the suppression of the Warsaw uprising. ...more

Ernst Boepple Hanging “State Secretary of the General Government in Poland“ SS-Oberführer Ernst Boepple was a Nazi official, serving as deputy to Josef Bühler in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust.