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Kurt Matschke (b. 4.5.1908 in Domsel, Upper Silesia – d.?), Kriminalrat and SS-Hauptsturmfuehrer.

Matschke studied law at the University of Breslau. In 1932, he became a member of the NSDAP and the SS. In 1934 he joined the Gestapo and began working as a Criminal Police Official at the Gestapo headquarters in Liegnitz (Legnice). In late 1942 he was detailed to the Gestapo headquarters in Cologne. There, he was initially head of department IIb and, following some restructuring, he became head of department IVb. In both capacities, he took part in coordinating the deportation of Jews to Theresienstadt. Matschke gave his subordinate the task of informing the leaders of the Jewish Community of Cologne about the upcoming deportations and ordering them to organize the transport.

In 1948, the Criminal Court of Burgsdorf found Matschke guilty of membership of two organizations classified as criminal by the international military tribunal, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment. In 1954, the Regional Court of Cologne found Matschke guilty of ’ongoing aid to the gross deprivation of liberty in an official capacity with mortal consequence’, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
In 1966, the Regional Court in Essen found him guilty of the mass shooting of Russian Jews in Starodub in February 1942, and for the mass shooting of Gypsies in Klincy in the early summer of 1942. For these crimes he was sentenced to five years imprisonment. After that, his fate is unknown.

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