Nisha Rathode (Editor)

Josef Swientek

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Battles/wars  World War II
Battles and wars  World War II
Rank  Standartenfuhrer
Years of service  1939–45
Name  Josef Swientek
Service/branch  Waffen-SS

Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross German Cross in Gold Iron Cross 1st Class Iron Cross 2nd Class General Assault Badge in Silver Anschluss Medal Sudetenland Medal with Prague Castle Bar
Died  June 29, 1991, Konigstein im Taunus, Germany
Unit  3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf

Josef Swientek (1 February 1912 – 29 June 1991) was a Standartenfuhrer (Colonel) in the Waffen SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.


Early life

Josef Swientek was born in Oppeln in Schlesien on February 1, 1912. He volunteered to join the SS and was issued the SS Service number 176.183; his NSDAP party number was 4.490.574. As a member of the SS-VT he participated in the Anschluss of Austria, the occupation of the Sudetenland and the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia.

World War II

He took part in the Polish Campaign and was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class in September 1939 and the 1st class award in July 1940 during the Battle of France.

He joined the newly formed SS Division Totenkopf and became the commander of the II. Battalion, 3rd SS Artillery Regiment in August 1940.

Swientek was given command of the 3rd SS Artillery Regiment in May 1943 and was awarded the German Cross in Gold in July 1942, while serving on the Eastern Front in Russia.

His award of the Knight's Cross was in June 1944 while serving in the Ukraine.

Josef Swientek died on the 29 June 1991.


Josef Swientek Wikipedia

Similar Topics
Michele Bravi
Ben Ramsey (filmmaker)
Giuliana Sgrena