Eduard Roschmann

Ss Officer
Born Nov 25, 1908

Eduard Roschmann was a member of the Nazi SS organization and commandant of the Riga ghetto during 1943. He was responsible for numerous murders and other atrocities. As a result of a fictionalized portrayal in the novel The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth and its subsequent movie adaptation, Roschmann came to be known as the "Butcher of Riga".… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Eduard Roschmann.


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


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").


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.


1941 32 Years Old In January 1941 he was assigned to the Security Police. … Read More
Starting in January 1943, Roschmann became 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


1955 46 Years Old In 1955 in 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


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 labourers 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


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 the Second World War. This was based on the request of the West German prosecutor's office in Hamburg. The request was repeated in May 1977. On 5 July 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 8 August 1977. … Read More
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