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Querner, Rudolf (10.06.1893-27.05.1945)

Rudolf Querner was a high-ranking SS and Police officercommander. Querner was born in 1893 in Lehndorf in the Eastern Saxonian district of Bautzen. After attending a Cadet Corps (a military high school), he served as an officer in the First World War. In 1919, he joined the uniformed police in Saxony. He joined the Nazi-Party in 1933 and served in a variety of posts during the 1930s.

In 1936, Querner was appointed commander of the uniformed police in Hamburg. He quickly rose through the in ranks. In 1937 he was appointed to inspector of uniformed police in Hamburg, Oldenburg and Bremen. In 1939 he held an additional provisional post as commander of uniformed police in Prague. From November 1940 to April 1941, he served in the staff of RFSS Heinrich Himmler, and from December 1940 also as general inspector of uniformed police for all smaller communities in the Reich.

In May 1941, Querner was sent to Hamburg again to serve as HSSPF (Supreme Commander of SS and Police) for military district X. In his position, he was involved in the execution of all major deportation transports from the city. In January 1943, he became the HSSPF in Vienna and from October 1944 until the end of the war, he held the same position in Braunschweig.

On May 27, 1945, shortly after his arrest by Allied soldiers, he committed suicide.

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