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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, however, cardiac troubles resulting from his exposure to malaria forced him to retire from active duty. … Read More


1926 11 Years Old In 1926, Peiper followed his other brother Horst and joined the Scout movement. … 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.


Himmler convinced him to enlist in the SS-Verfügungstruppe and, in his 1935 résumé, Peiper wrote: "As a result of a personal exhortation by the Reichsführer-SS, Himmler, I have decided to strive for a career as an active senior SS officer. … Read More
1936 - 1938 4 More Events
Peiper and Hinrichsen were married on 26 June 1939 in a ceremony following SS customs.
On 17 May 1940, Peiper accompanied Himmler as he followed Waffen-SS troops during the Battle of France. … 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On 20 January 1944, Peiper was withdrawn from the front and left his unit.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 31 Years Old 1 More Event
The trial took place at Dachau from 16 May to 16 July 1946 before a military tribunal of senior American officers, operating under rules established by the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal. … Read More


1956 41 Years Old Ultimately the sentences of the Malmedy defendants were commuted to life imprisonment and then to time served. Peiper himself was released from prison on parole at the end of December 1956, after serving 11 and a half years. … 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
1964 49 Years Old On 23 June 1964, two Italians filed an accusation against Peiper at the Central Office of the State Justice Administration for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes in Ludwigsburg to do with the Boves 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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