Willi Stöhr
Willi Stöhr German
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 NSDAP official, was born in Wuppertal-Elberfeld
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. He joined the NSDAP in 1923. In 1932 he was made a senior official of the Hitler Youth
Hitler Youth
The Hitler Youth was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. It existed from 1922 to 1945. The HJ was the second oldest paramilitary Nazi group, founded one year after its adult counterpart, the Sturmabteilung...

 movement, and in 1933, when the National Socialist movement came to power, he was appointed to administrative position in Frankfurt am Main, and also adjutant to Jakob Sprenger
Jakob Sprenger
Jakob Sprenger was a Nazi politician.Sprenger was born in Oberhausen near Bad Bergzabern in the Palatinate. In 1922, the postal inspector Sprenger became a member of the Nazi Party...

, Gauleiter
A Gauleiter was the party leader of a regional branch of the NSDAP or the head of a Gau or of a Reichsgau.-Creation and Early Usage:...

 (regional party head) of Hesse-Nassau. In 1937 he became head of the party's propaganda organisation in Hesse-Nassau. In October 1944, he was appointed head of the civil administration of German-occupied Lorraine
Lorraine (province)
The Duchy of Upper Lorraine was an historical duchy roughly corresponding with the present-day northeastern Lorraine region of France, including parts of modern Luxembourg and Germany. The main cities were Metz, Verdun, and the historic capital Nancy....

, although the area was already being over-run by the Allied armies. In February 1945 he was made Gauleiter of the Gau Westmark
Gau Westmark
The Gau Westmark was an administrative division of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. Previous to that, since 1926, it was the regional subdivision of the Nazi Party.-History:...

, based in Saarbrücken
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, and was in charge of the defence of the city, which fell to the Americans on 20 March. After a period of imprisonment he emigrated to Canada
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, where he was still living in 1995: his date of death is unknown.


  • Ernst Klee, Das Personen-lexikon zum Dritten Reich (Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Frankfurt-am-Main, 2005), 605
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