|SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam|
Waffen-SS Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was the highest award of the Third Reich to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership during World War II. 457 German servicemen of the Waffen-SS, including volunteers from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands and Norway, received the Knight's Cross (almost always through the recommendation of impressed army corps and army commanders). Of these, 411 presentations were formally made and evidence of the award is still available in the German National Archives. Image: The Danish Knight's Cross holder SS-Obersturmführer Søren Kam served with 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking. He obtained West German citizenship in 1956. Kam is wanted in his native country in connection with the death of newspaper editor Carl Henrik Clemmensen during World War II. Søren Kam was at the time 21 years old. In 1999, Danish Minister of Justice Frank Jensen requested an extradition of Kam. This was refused by Germany. This request was again made in 2004. In 2007, Germany again denied Kam´s extradition to Denmark. Photo taken in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1945. Public domain.