Waffen-SS Kriegsberichters – War photographers and photojournalists

Gunter d'Alquen as SS-Hauptsturmführer
The SS-Kriegsberichters or SS War Correspondents who covered the war in the 1940´s were masters of their art. The images are like snapshots taken as the drama unfolds before their - and our - eyes. Historians owe them a deep dept of gratitude for having faithfully documented this historic struggle under enemy fire and in the most appalling conditions. In 1945, several months before the end of the war, an order issued by the RSHA, or Reichssicherheitshauptamt
Gunter d'Alquen as SS-Standartenführer
(National Security Service Main Office) required that all photographic material of the Waffen-SS was to be destroyed. This order was quickly carried out and all the film negatives were burned. Oddly enough, many archival albums which contained the contact strips managed to somehow survive. Today all the surviving SS War Correspondent albums are safely stored in the German Federal Archives. Top image: The then SS-Hauptsturmführer and Kriegsberichter Gunter d'Alquen eating with his driver during the opening days of the invasion of the Soviet Union. He was chief editor of the SS weekly Das Schwarze Korps, the official newspaper of the Schutzstaffel, and a Waffen-SS combat war correspondent. Photo taken by SS-Kriegsberichter Ernst Baumann. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use. Bottom image: Rising through the ranks Gunter d'Alquen became SS-Standartenführer of the famed unit SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers. Gunter d'Alquen died on May 15 1998 aged 88. Public domain.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7/3/18

    DÁlquen himself was a distinguished war reporter and served in the front lines. From 1948 until his release (during his time as a POW) he worked on propaganda tactics for the American CIA. He was fined DM 88,000 by the Berlin De-nazification court in the 1950s and deprived of all civic rights for a period of three years and debarred from drawing an allowance or pension from public funds. It is believed that these fines were indirectly paid for by the U.S. Government as part of their repatriation deal. DÁlquen was judged to have glorified the Waffen-SS and for having played an important role in the war propaganda. He was also banned from ever working in journalism.