|Magazine Stuttgarter Illustrierte Nr 2 1941|
ϟϟ-Sturmmann der Waffen-SS Funk and the Stuttgarter Illustrierte
The photograph of SS-Sturmmann Otto Funk from Rots in Normandy is making the cover page of the Magazine Stuttgarter Illustrierte, on June 21 1944. Another one, also pictured in France, who made the cover of the Stuttgarter Illustrierte back in 1941 was the then SS-Hauptsturmführer Jochen Peiper. In a personal conversation with the historian Herbert Walter Peiper told how he was embarrassed when he found the magazine in kiosks of Berlin. So it came to nationwide fame… Otto Funk got wounded near Cheux in Normandy just a few days after the magazine was released, on June 26 1944. Still he will continue fight till the bitter end. On May 8 1945, the survivors of 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend surrendered to the U.S. 65th Infantry Division, 7th Army, near Enns in Austria. In a final act of defiance, the division refused to drape their vehicles with white flags, as the Americans had ordered. Funk survived the war and is still alive in 2011. Left image: Scan: Stuttgarter Illustrierte June 21, 1944. Right image: Scan: Stuttgarter Illustrierte January 8, 1941. Private Collection.
Labels: C:IV Normandy Invasion 1944