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Odilo Globocnik
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Military Personnel
    (April 21, 1904-May 31, 1945)
    Born in Trieste, Austria-Hungary (now Italy)
    Joined the Austrian Nazi Party (1930)
    Joined the SS (1934)
    Gauleiter of Vienna (1938-39)
    SS and Police Leader for the Lubin district of Poland (1939-43)
    Headed Operation Reinhard, the mass execution of Jews in occupied Poland (1941-43)
    SS and Police Leader for the Adriatic Littoral Zone of Italy (1943-45)
    He worked as a courier, channeling funds from the German Reich to the Austrian Nazi Party that were used to destabilize the government and prepare for the Anschluss with Germany.
    As Gauleiter of Vienna, he launched an anti-Catholic campaign, seizing church property and sending priests to the Dachau concentration camp.
    He was forced to resign as Gauleiter after he was discovered participating in illegal foreign currency speculation.
    He may have been responsible for suggesting the use of extermination camps to Heinrich Himmler.
    He oversaw construction of the death camps at Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka.
    He was responsible for the ‘liquidation’ of the Warsaw Ghetto.
    He boasted to Rudolf Hoess that he could dispatch victims more quickly than Hoess could at Auschwitz.
    He built the only extermination camp in Italy, Risiera di San Sabba.
    He was responsible for over 1.5 million deaths.
    Historian Michael Allen called him ‘the vilest individual in the vilest organization ever known.’
    When he was captured by the British, he committed suicide by biting on a cyanide capsule.
    When the priest at a local church objected to allowing ‘the body of such a man’ to rest in consecrated ground, he was buried without ceremony in a grave dug outside the churchyard wall.
    He graduated with honors from engineering school.
    He is dead.
    He is the main antagonist in the alternative-history novel ‘Fatherland.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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