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Phillips Nuremberg Trials Collection: Trial 8 - RuSHA Case

Materials donated to the law school by General Eugene Phillips.

Summary of Charges

In the RuSHA Trial, the 14 defendants were all officials of various SS organizations responsible for the implementation of the Nazi "pure race" programs.

  • Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt (RuSHA) - Race and Settlement Main Office
    • founded by Heinrich Himmler
  • Reichskommissar für die Festigung des deutschen Volkstums (RKFDV) - Commission for the Consolidation of German Nationality or the Commission for the Strengthening of Germanism
    • Heinrich Himmler was Commissioner of the RKFDV
  • Hauptamt Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle, (VoMi) - Main Welfare Office for Ethnic Germans or Repatriation Office for Ethnic Germans
  • Lebensborn Society

The charges centered on these racial cleansing and resettlement activities.

Counts: 1) Crimes Against Humanity; 2) War Crimes; and 3) Membership in the SS


Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals Under Control Council Law No. 10

The 15-volume series, also known as “The Green Series,” focuses on the 12 trials of almost 200 defendants. This publication by the United States Government Printing Office is the official abridged record of the individual indictments and judgments, as well as the administrative materials that were common to all the trials.

Trial Records

Style of the case: United States of America v. Ulrich Greifelt, et al.

Indictment filed: 1 July 1947

Trial dates: 20 October 1947 - 13 February 1948

Judges:  Lee B. Wyatt (Georgia) (presiding judge), Daniel T. O'Connell (Massachusetts), and Johnson T. Crawford (Oklahoma)

Chief Prosecutor:

Judgment: 10 March 1948

Sentencing: 10 March 1948


Defendant Position Sentence
Ulrich Greifelt
  • Chief of Staff of RKFDV
lifetime imprisonment; died 1949
Rudolf Creutz
  • Deputy to Greifelt
15 years; released 1955-died 1970
Konrad Meyer-Hetling
  • Office head in RKFDV
Time already served (since May 27, 1945); released after the judgment; died 1973
Otto Schwarzenberger
  • Office head in RKFDV
Time already served (since May 2, 1945);
released after the judgment
Herbert Hübner
  • Chief of Poznań office of RKFDV
  • Representative of RuSHA in western Poland
15 years; released 1951
Werner Lorenz
  • Head of VoMi
20 years; released 1955-died 1974
Heinz Brückner
  • Office head at VoMi
15 years; released 1951
Otto Hofmann
  • Head of RuSHA until April 20, 1943
  • Later head of the SS in southwestern Germany
25 years; released 1954 died 1982
Richard Hildebrandt
  • Head of RuSHA, Hofmann's successor
25 years; died 1952
Fritz Schwalm
  • Chief of Staff of RuSHA
  • Head of the "Immigration Office" (Einwandererzentrale, EWZ) in Łódź
10 years; released 1951
Max Sollmann
  • Head of the Lebensborn society
Time already served (since July 6, 1945);
released after the judgment
Gregor Ebner
  • Head of Health Dept. of Lebensborn
Time already served (since July 5, 1945);
released after the judgment; died 1974
Günther Tesch
  • Head of Legal Dept. of Lebensborn
Time already served (since May 13, 1945);
released after the judgment
Inge Viermetz
  • Deputy to Sollmann
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