Franz Six joined the NSDAP party in 1930 and the SA (the precursor to the SS) two years later where he acted as the student organizer until he joined the SD in 1935.
Impressed by Six’s work, Reinhard Heydrich (the Blond Beast) appointed him s head of Amt VII, Written Records of the RSHA that dealt with ideological tasks such as the creation of anti-semitic and anti-masonic propaganda, and monitoring the Nazi indoctrination of the public.
During the planning stages of Operation Sea Lion (the German invasion of Great Britain), Six was charged with the responsibility of eliminating all anti-Nazi elements within Great Britain following the invasion. This responsibility included the detention and elimination of some 2,300 individuals immediately after the occupation of GB. To give you an idea of who made up that number, these people included the likes of Winston Chuchill and other members of the Cabinet, philosopher Bertrand Russell, and various members of exiled governments.
Not only that, but Six planned out six Einsatzgruppen squads to be located in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and either Edinburgh or Glasgow. These death squads were to eliminate the expected civilian resistance and the Jews of the island.
When Operation Sea Lion was abandoned, Six’s responsibility turned to the East where he was put in charge of a unit Einsatzgruppe B in the USSR. During his stint at this position, his Kommando reported to have liquidated 144 persons which included intellectual Jews and those who had tried to create unrest in the Smolensk ghetto. For his mens’ accomplishment, Heinrich Himmler promoted Six.
At the end of the war, Six stood trial in Nuremberg during the Einsatzgruppen trial in 1948. The tribunal was unable to link him directly to any of the atrocities but still sentenced him to 20 years in prison. He only served 10, and was released on 30 September 1952.
After his release, Franz Six served as an advertising executive Porsche.
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