Note the scars on the cheeks.
When Hermann Behrends was in university is used to participate in the sport of sword fencing. As part of a university culture it was considered honourable to have marks on your cheeks created by the fencing swords.

NAME:  SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei
         SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve (Waffen-SS)
Hermann Behrends

PW NO:          560294
RANK:           Gen. LT D WASS
CAPTURED:  Flensburg
DATE:            5th July 1945

DATE OF BIRTH     11th May 1907
PLACE OF BIRTH:   Rüstringen / Oldenburg
DATE OF DEATH:    Executed by firing squad on 4 December 1948
                                  (the Behrends' family cited the date 20/21 December 1947)
PLACE OF DEATH: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
NATIONALITY:       German
RELIGION:               Protestant until 1 March 1935 then declared himself "gottgläubig" ["believer in God"]
OCCUPATION:        Lawyer of Administration
HEIGHT:                   5' 9"
WEIGHT:                  148 lbs
HAIR COLOUR:       Fair
EYE COLOUR:         Blue

NEXT OF KIN: Married on 14 April 1934 to Hertha Hörger (born 12 February 1909 in Rüstringen; member of the Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt [NSV] or National Socialist People's Welfare Organization) - three sons and one daughter.

NSDAP-NUMBER:  981,960 (Joined 1 February 1932)
SS-NUMBER:          35,815 (Joined 1 February 1932)


Hermann Behrends was the first leader of the Berlin Sicherheitsdienst or SD [Security Service]. This was the security and intelligence service of the SS which was responsible for the detection and elimination of the enemies of the state. It was considered to be the elite of the elite. Later he became the deputy leader of the Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle or VOMI, the organisation which ensured the privileges of ethnic Germans living outside the borders of the German Reich. He became an SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei but was captured in Flensburg in 1945 and later brought to Island Farm.


Commands & Assignments:
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Karl Gustav Sauberzweig

Sauberzweig committed suicide in 1946 while a British prisoner of war at the camp in Neuengamme, Germany to avoid his imminent extradition to Yugoslavia.
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Karl Gustav Sauberzweig commanded the division during the time Behrends served in it. Note Sauberzweig is wearing the fez with SS insignia unique to this division.
Moslem Croat soldiers of the "Handschar" Division.
Note the fez with SS insignia and the collar patch unique to this division.
The patch featured a hand grasping a "Handschar" (Turkish for "scimitar").


Note: Behrends was also assigned to the 7th SS-Mountain Division “Prinz Eugen” in the Balkans probably in late-1943. Although Behrends’s SS Dienstlaufbahn (service record) fails to make mention of this assignment, he described serving in this division to the British authorities in his post-war interrogation. Also, Hinrich Behrends clearly recalled seeing his father wearing the “Prinz Eugen” cuff title on his uniform and his mother mentioning the division.

Decorations & Awards:

Hermann Behrends was held at the Neuengamme camp in Germany...this was a holding camp reserved mainly for SS officers. You'll note that Karl-Maria Demelhuber (see profile) was held there for awhile before being moved to Island Farm.