Saturday, February 5, 2022

Commandant of the concentration camp for Polish children lived a comfortable life in Munich

 Polish historians have discovered that the commandant of Hitler’s concentration camp for Polish children in Łódź lived a comfortable life in Germany and died in Munich in 1974 at the age of 81.

According to the article by Stuart Dowell on the portal The First News Sturmbannführer SS Camillo Ehrlich was captured by the Soviets after the war and sentenced to life imprisonment but was eventually released by the East German authorities.

After moving to West Germany, his conviction was quashed. He lived out his life comfortably in Munich writing how-to manuals for the German police and died in Munich on 6 June 1974 at the age of 81.

Director of the Museum of Polish Children Dr Ireneusz Maj said that he "was never held accountable for the crimes he committed against Polish children".

The historians searching for information about the commandant in Polish and German archives explained that it was difficult to find details about him because of his misspelled name.

For the entire period since the war, he has been known as Karl Ehrlich. If the historians can recreate this person's life now it shows that the German authorities didn't make their best effort to prosecute a war criminal like that and that tells you something.

The entire article can be found at