Last Update 3 September 2005
Heinz Macher was born on 31 December 1919
Oakleaves and Close Combat Clasp in Gold, final rank SS-Sturmbannführer
and Chief of the 16th
of the SS Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 3 D
of the 2nd SS-Panzerdivision "Das Reich"
Macher led a group of 15 SS specialists who were ordered by Himmler
up the SS castle Wewelsburg
in order to ensure that the devotional objects and important files should not fall into the hands of the Allies.
The demolition command arrived on 31 March 1945
. The same day, after Macher had informed
the local fire-brigade, the south-east tower, the least important tower of the large castle, was blown up. Because
of lack of explosives they could not blow up the rest of the complex. Macher ordered the firemen not to extinguish
the fire so that most of the complex was nevertheless destroyed.
Macher joined Himmler
during his last days. He was captured together with him and
on 21 or 22 May 1945
Macher died on 21 December 2001
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