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Franz W Seidler

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Citizenship  German
Nationality  German

Name  Franz Seidler
Role  Author
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Born  2 March 1933 (age 82) Vitkov/Wigstadt, Czechoslovakia (1933-03-02)
Institutions  Bundeswehr University of Munich (1973–1998)
Alma mater  Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, University of Cambridge, Sorbonne University, NATO Defence College
Notable awards  Federal Cross of Merit (1978)
Books  Hitler's Secret Headquarters: The Fuhrer's Wartime Bases, from the Invasion of France to the Berlin Bunker
Education  University of Cambridge, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, University of Paris
Fields  Modern history, Social history

Franz Wilhelm Seidler (b. 2 March 1933) is a German historian, author and expert on German military history. From 1973 to 1998, he was a professor of Modern History at the Bundeswehr University Munich. Since retirement, he has published works of revisionist nature in extreme right-wing publishers, such as Pour le Mérite Verlag.



As a child, Seidler came as a refugee to West Germany, following the expulsion of Germans after World War II by the Czechoslovak government from his native Moravian Silesia.

Seidler studied history, German and English at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Cambridge and the Sorbonne University of Paris between 1951 and 1956. He was a civil servant (Studienreferendar and Studienassessor) of the state of Baden-Württemberg from 1956 to 1959. From 1959 to 1963 he was Deputy Director of the Bundeswehrfachschule in Cologne, and was subsequently employed by the Federal Ministry of Defence, as an Adviser in the Department of Administration and Law, from 1963 to 1968. He was Scientific Director of the Heeresoffiziersschule München from 1968 to 1972, and attended the NATO Defence College Senior Course in Rome in 1972.

From 1973 until his retirement in 1998, he was Professor of Modern History, particularly social and military history, at the Bundeswehr University Munich. He has been active as an expert adviser for the CDU/CSU faction in the Bundestag in the 1990s.

Since his retirement Seidler has published books with the extreme right wing publisher Pour le Mérite Verlag of Dietmar Munier. A reviewer in the conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, writing on Seidler's book Phantom der Berge, stated that "Since his retirement he publishes one book after the other, with which he has distanced himself from serious historical research." His biography of Fritz Todt has been described as offering too positive a picture of Todt and as reflecting a neo-conservative perspective.


  • Federal Cross of Merit, 1978
  • Sudeten German Culture Prize, 2004
  • Dr. Walter-Eckhardt-Ehrengabe für Zeitgeschichtsforschung (a historical negationist association)
  • Publications

  • Kriegsverbrechen in Europa und im Nahen Osten im 20. Jahrhundert, with Alfred-Maurice de Zayas. Mittler & Sohn, 2002. ISBN 3-8132-0702-1 and ISBN 978-3-8132-0702-6
  • Die Wehrmacht im Partisanenkrieg - Militärische und völkerrechtliche Darlegungen zur Kriegsführung im Osten, Selent: Pour le Mérite Verlag, 1999, ISBN 3-932381-04-1
  • Verbrechen an der Wehrmacht, Selent: Pour le Mérite Verlag, 1998 und 2000, 2 Bände, ISBN 3-932381-03-3 and ISBN 3-932381-05-X
  • Avantgarde für Europa. Ausländische Freiwillige in Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS [Avantgarde for Europe: Foreign volunteers in Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS]. Pour le Mérite Verlag, Selent 2004, ISBN 3-932381-26-2.
  • Die Militärgerichtsbarkeit der deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945, München: Herbig-Verlag 1991. TB 1999: ISBN 978-3-926584-60-1
  • Fritz Todt: Baumeister des Dritten Reiches, Herbig, 1986, ISBN 3776614463
  • Prostitution, Homosexualität, Selbstverstümmelung. Probleme der deutschen Sanitätsführung 1939–1945. Vowinckel-Verlag, Neckargemünd 1977, ISBN 3-87879-122-4
  • Articles

  • "Vergewaltigung des Rechts" ("Rape of Justice"), in: Deutsche Militärzeitschrift, 8 December 2010.
  • References

    Franz W. Seidler Wikipedia

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