Yannis Natsinas, of Luxembourg, asks (Monday, September 20, 2004) how the Nazi Gauleiter of the region died in 1945.
What happened to Gauleiter Gustav Simon?
I WONDER if you have any specific information on the death of Gauleiter Gustav Simon, head of the war-time administration of Luxembourg as well as (if I correctly understand) Gau Moselland which included Koblenz and Trier.
He was recognised and arrested by the Brits on Dec 13, 1945 and is said to have committed suicide on Dec 18, 1945 to avoid being transferred to Luxembourg where we was to be tried (and might well have been sentenced to death and executed) for his wartime behaviour.
Yesterday I saw a Luxembourgish documentary ("Heim ins Reich. Wei Lëtzebuerg sollt preissisch ginn...," a Luxembourgish production) on that period and this included the testimony of a resistance fighter who said that, in fact, Simon was killed by Luxembourgish resistance fighters (former resistance fighters I suppose, since by then the occupation of Luxembourg had come to an end) who were specifically sent (he did not say by whom) to kill Simon.
Apparently this story has been told before (I found a reference to it on the internet) but there are no details as to who might have ordered the killing (the government?) and why (presumably they could have tried and hanged him in Luxembourg anyway).
Would you know anything more about this, and if so would you be willing to share it with me? You may reply by e-mail or via your site, which I read from time time even if I disagree with much of what it contains.
Rather oddly in the circumstances this inquirer prefaced his request for information with these words:
Nevertheless, Mr Irving replied:
I CARE not whether you agree with the Six-Million-Dollar Smear that I am a Holocaust Denier; it is rubbish. Since the Butler and Hutton inquiries, we all know what to make of the independence of British High Court judges.
2. On the case of Gauleiter Simon himself I know nothing. However
(a) The expert on on all the Gauleiters is Karl Höffkes who wrote a book on them, Hitlers Politische Generale. Write to him. He may know: