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August Schirmer

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Name  August Schirmer

Party  Nazi Party
August Schirmer
Died  October 30, 1948, Celle, Germany
Education  Leibniz University of Hanover

August Schirmer (born 16 June 1905 in Celle; died 30 October 1948 in Celle) was a German architect, engineer, elected member of the Reichstag, Central Office Manager in the Amt Rosenberg. From 1939 until 1943 he was head of an anti-Jewish propaganda publication service and news agency called Welt-Dienst / World-Service / Service Mondial.

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Life and work

Schirmer attended a Gymnasium in Celle and studied architecture at the Technische Hochschule Hannover. After 1929, he worked as a foreman at the Prussian Hochbauamt in Torgau. From 1930 to 1933 he was a research assistant at the Hanover University in Hanover and from the winter semester 1935/36 on he served there as a political education lecturer.

Political Activism

In May 1929 he joined the National Socialist German Students' League (NSDStB) and in February 1930 the NSDAP at Hanover. From July 1933 he acted within the party as Gauschulungsleiter and Gaukulturwart in South Hanover Brunswick. In July 1934 he became a member of the Reichstag for the constituency of Schirmer 6 (Pomerania).

For most of his career Schirmer was a functionary in the Amt Rosenberg (Rosenberg Bureau), a collection of offices under the direction of Reichsleiter Alfred Rosenberg. Beginning on 1 November 1935 he went to work in the Welt-Dienst organization, overseeing its American Section. When Rosenberg reorganized antisemitic propaganda operations in 1939, wresting full control of the Welt-Dienst / World-Service / Service Mondial news service from its founder Ulrich Fleischhauer, Schirmer became its head in July 1939. Shortly afterwards he announced the relocation of the offices to Frankfurt am Main, where all anti-Jewish 'research establishments' under Alfred Rosenberg's direction were concentrated. In addition, Schirmer continued to be involved in Nazi cultural plunder activities for the vast Amt Rosenberg operation once World War II began. Schirmer was Oberreichsleiter (general director) of the Netherlands Task Force (AG Niederlande; later HAG) from September 1940 until May 1941. Schirmer resigned from Welt-Dienst in August 1943, at which time it was published in 18 languages. His replacement as editor of World-Service in September 1943 occurred after Schirmer came under suspicion of fraud because he had allegedly taken a valuable postage stamp collection seized in Paris from Jewish owners for his own private purposes rather than those of the German state.

Schirmer died 30 October 1948 in the St. Josef-Stift hospital in Celle and is buried there in the city cemetery.

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August Schirmer Wikipedia


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