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Eduard Roschmann

Commanding Officer + Lawyer + Military Person
Male
Born Nov 25, 1908
Hometown Graz
Died Aug 25, 1977
Death Place Asunción

Eduard Roschmann alias "F(r)ederico Wagner" (or "Wegener") was a member of the Nazi SS organization. He was commandant of the Riga ghetto from January 1943 until the ghetto was closed in the fall of that year. He was responsible for numerous murders and other atrocities. As a result of a fictionalized portrayal of Roschmann in a novel by Frederick Forsyth, and a subsequent movie in which he was played by Maximilian Schell, Roschmann came be known as the "Butcher of Riga".… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1908 Birth Roschmann was born on November 25, 1908, in Graz-Eggenberg, in Austria. … Read More

TEENAGE

1927 18 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1927 to 1934 Roschmann was a member of the Fatherland's Front, which in turn was part of the Austrian home guard ("Heimatschutz").

TWENTIES

1931 22 Years Old By 1931 he was a brewery employee, joining the civil service in 1935.
1938 29 Years Old In 1938 he joined the Nazi party, and the SS the following year.

THIRTIES

1941 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1941 he was assigned to the Security Police.
Starting in January 1943, Roschmann become commandant of the Riga ghetto. … Read More
1945 36 Years Old In 1945, Roschmann was arrested in Graz but later released.
1947 38 Years Old Roschmann concealed himself as an ordinary prisoner of war, and in so doing obtained a release from custody in 1947. … Read More
1948 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948 Roschmann was able to flee Germany. … Read More

FORTIES

1955 46 Years Old In 1955 Argentina Roschmann married, although he was not divorced from his first wife.
1958 49 Years Old His second wife left him in 1958; the marriage was later declared null and void. … Read More

FIFTIES

1960 51 Years Old In 1960, the criminal court in Graz issued a warrant for the arrest of Roschmann on charges of murder and severe violations of human rights in connection with the killing of at least 3,000 Jews between 1938 and 1945, overseeing forced laborers at Auschwitz, and the murder of at least 800 children under the age of 10. … Read More
1963 54 Years Old In 1963, the district court in Hamburg, West Germany issued a warrant for the arrest of Roschmann. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1976 67 Years Old In October 1976, the embassy of West Germany in Argentina initiated a request for the extradition of Roschmann to Germany to face charges of multiple murders of Jews during World War II. This was based on the request of the West German prosecutor's office in Hamburg. The request was repeated in May 1977. On July 5, 1977, the office of the President of Argentina issued a communiqué, which was published in the Argentine press, that the government of Argentina would consider the request even though there was no extradition treaty with West Germany. … Read More
1977 69 Years Old Roschmann died in Asuncion, Paraguay on August 8, 1977. … Read More
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