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Franz Sprinz (b. 9.2.1904 in Friedrichshafen/Bodensee – d. 1975), SS-Sturmbannfuehrer and Oberregierungsrat.

Sprinz studied political economy and law in Tuebingen, Munich and Berlin. In 1932 he became a member of the NSDAP and the SA. In 1935 he joined the SD. In 1939 he joined the Gestapo in Dortmund. In 1940 he attained the rank of Regierungsassessor and acted as Deputy Commander. In the spring of 1942 he was acting head of department IVB 4 in the Cologne Gestapo. In that capacity he took part in organizing the deportation of Jews to Theresienstadt. In March or April 1944 he was appointed Commander of Einsatzkommando EK8 in Hungary, and in January 1945 he was transferred to Croatia.

After the war, he was held in captivity by the Americans. He was released in 1946 under the name SS-Unterscharfuehrer Sprinz, signifying a much lower rank than the one he actually held. In 1954, the Regional Court in Cologne found him guilty of “ongoing aid to the gross deprivation of liberty in an official capacity with mortal consequence”, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

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