Joachim Peiper

Joachim Peiper

Ss Officer
Born Jan 30, 1915

Joachim Peiper, also known as Jochen Peiper, was a field officer in the Waffen-SS during World War II and personal adjutant to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler between November 1940 and August 1941. He saw combat on both the Eastern Front against the Red Army and the Western Front against the Allies. By 1945, he was an SS-Standartenführer and the Waffen-SS's youngest regimental colonel.… Read More

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In 1915, he retired from active duty for health reasons after contracting malaria. … Read More


1926 11 Years Old Peiper did not obtain the grades needed to continue to university. In 1926, Peiper followed his other brother Horst and joined the Scout movement, developing an interest in a military career. … Read More
1933 18 Years Old To gain skill at horseriding, he followed the advice of a family friend, General Walther von Reichenau, and enlisted in the 7th SS Reiterstandarte on 12 October 1933.
1934 19 Years Old 1 More Event
On 23 January 1934, he was promoted to SS-Mann with SS number 132,496.


1935 - 1938 7 More Events
Peiper and Hinrichsen were married on 26 June 1939 in a ceremony following SS customs. … Read More
In April 1940, Peiper accompanied Himmler on trips to the Buchenwald and Flossenbürg concentration camps, followed by a visit to Poland to meet with SS and Police Leader Wilhelm Rediess and Brigadeführer Otto Rasch. … Read More
In January 1941, Peiper accompanied Himmler when he inspected Ravensbrück and Dachau concentration camps. … Read More
In May 1942, Peiper learned of the death of his brother Hans-Hasso. … Read More
On 30 January 1943, he was promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer.
On 20 January 1944, Peiper was withdrawn from the front and left his unit. … Read More


In January 1945, the Swords were added to his Knight's Cross. … Read More
1946 - 1950 2 More Events
1951 36 Years Old A popular Wehrmacht ex-general Heinz Guderian actively campaigned for Peiper. For example, he wrote to one of his subordinates in 1951: … Read More
1954 39 Years Old Ultimately the sentences of the Malmedy defendants were commuted to life imprisonment and then to time served. Peiper's sentence was commuted to 35 years in 1954 and he was released in December 1956, the last of the Malmedy condemned to be freed. … Read More


1957 42 Years Old On 17 January 1957, he began work at Porsche in Stuttgart in its technical division. … Read More
1960 45 Years Old On 30 December 1960 Peiper filed suit to compel Porsche to fulfil its promises. … Read More
1962 47 Years Old …  He was mentioned in the proceedings against Karl Wolff, Himmler's senior adjutant, which began in early 1962 and concluded in 1964 with a 15-year sentence. … Read More
In 1964, Peiper learned that the village of Boves had installed a memorial naming his command as perpetrators of the massacre. … Read More


1969 54 Years Old In 1969, Peiper was a freelance contributor to the magazine Auto, Motor und Sport.
1972 57 Years Old In 1972 he moved to Traves in Haute-Saône, France, where he owned property. … Read More
1974 59 Years Old In 1974, he was identified by a former Communist resistance member of the region who issued a report for the French Communist Party.


In 1976, a Communist historian, investigating the Gestapo archives, found the Peiper file. … Read More
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