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Joachim Peiper

Birthdate: 30. January 1915
Date of death: 14. July 1976

Joachim Peiper , also known as Jochen Peiper, was a field officer in the Waffen-SS during World War II and personal adjutant to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler between November 1940 and August 1941.

Peiper fought on both the Eastern Front against the Red Army and the Western Front against the Western Allies, and was awarded by Nazi Germany the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

Peiper was convicted of war crimes committed in Belgium and imprisoned for almost 12 years. He was accused of war crimes in Italy, but Italian and German courts concluded that there was insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution.After his release from prison, Peiper worked for both Porsche and Volkswagen, before moving to France, where he translated books from English to German under the nom de plume "Rainer Buschmann". Peiper was murdered in France in July 1976.

Quotes Joachim Peiper

„I was a Nazi and I remain one…The Germany of today is no longer a great nation, it has become a province of Europe.“

—  Joachim Peiper

Interview with a French writer Peiper spoke with in 1967, quoted in The Devil's Adjutant by Michael Reynolds, page 260.

„History is always written by the victor and histories of the vanquished belong to a shrinking circle of those who were there.“

—  Joachim Peiper

Parker, Hitler's Warrior, chapter 19, citing Peiper to Karl Wortmann, November 28, 1974 in note 27.

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