18 February 1917 - 09 April 1944
Born possibly in Latvia. Died by suicide in Italy. Buried (grave no 949)
at the German Military Cemetery at Costermano
We may conclude that Schmidt was in charge of Trawnikis, guarding the Jewish "Sonderkommando
stated about Schmidt:
The young Volksdeutsche
Heni Schmidt took even more delight in his bestial mission.
He was probably a Lett (Latvian) - he spoke German strangely, saying "t" instead of "s"
("vat" instead of "vas"). To the askars he spoke Russian. He did not like
spending a single day away from camp. Nimble, quick on his feet, thin, with the face
of a blackguard, always drunk, he raced around the camp from four in the morning until
evening, inflicting pain, gazing meditatively on the suffering of the victims
and revelling in the sight. "He's the worst of the thugs," the prisoners whispered,
and immediately answered, "they're all the worst."
Wherever people were being tormented most, he was always the first to show up. He was
always there for goading the unfortunate victims along to the chambers, he listened
closely to the women's piercing, air-splitting screams escaping the chambers.
He was the "soul" of the camp, the most degenerate, monstrous, bloodthirsty. He gazed
with pleasure into the burnt-out faces of the workers returning to the barracks at night,
exhausted to the final limit. He couldn't resist landing his whip full force on
everyone's heads. "When one of us managed to duck, he chased him down and had to make
him suffer ... At three-thirty in the morning, the askar sentry (fom the night shift?)
who walked around the barracks at night was already pounding on the door and shouting,
" Before we could get out of bed, the thug Schmidt burst in and chased us
out of the barracks with his riding crop ..., run through the barracks hitting out left and right".