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Dr. Wilhelm Lampeter

Wrong Dr. Wilhelm Lampeter?

Editor

Gottscheer Zeitung
 
Background

Employment History

  • Head
    Gottscheer Zeitung
  • Officer
    SS
  • The Ethnic Group
Web References
1. The Gottscheer Emigration; how it really was.
www.gottschee.net, 6 May 2007 [cached]
Lampeter was appointed to SS Sturmbannführer by Himmler in 1941 as a reward for preparing the population to accept the resettlement.
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A large responsibility for our loss hangs on the then leadership of the Gottscheer and the following documented facts show how Lampeter, his co-workers and his organization betrayed their people and assisted in their extinction.
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The urge to undertake this task comes, ironically, from an appeal of Dr. Michitsch who in 1988 (prior to the resurfacing of Lampeter) challenged us under the title:
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Fact is: The re-settlement destination was kept a secret at the insistence of Lampeter and his organization until it was too late for the re-settlers to change their minds.
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The EGL (Ethnic Group Leadership), consisting of Schober, Lampeter and Sturm, was at the same time invited to the SS Headquarters in Berlin to finalize the details of the directive of the Führer.
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Lampeter, journal notation of 9.2.1942":
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A thorough description of the 'General Tactical Line' of the EGL under Lampeter is offered by Frensing under "Preparations by the EG Leadership for the Resettlement.
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Fact is: The pressure was applied by Lampeter and his leadership as part of the Preparation Effort. They accepted this assignment willingly and voluntarily at the SS headquarters during the Berlin visit in May 1941. [See the quotations in Point 2 above]. They sought assistance from the Italian occupiers only when they encountered resistance from the population they could not cope with. There were no German authorities anywhere in the Gottschee area to help them. As shown in the rebuttal of 2, Frensing shows that Lampeter and the EG Leadership withheld from population the Resettlement Decision as well as the Settlement Region.
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Such and similar attacks were, in the months until the conclusion of the Option Period, amply exercised by Lampeter, his intimate associates, his Sturmführers and Stürmers [Stormtroopers] and the Gottscheer Zeitung to force the Ethnic Group to resettle. Frensing reports on such attacks in the following chapters of his book:
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That the pressure from Lampeter and his Ethnic Group Leadership is no longer mentioned. Is it not likely that the cause for this omission lies in the fact that Lampeter and his intimates are again active in Gottscheer leadership circles?
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Lampeter and his leadership must clearly be excluded from this group.
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But it was Lampeter and his leadership who kept the destination of the Umsiedlung a secret from their countrymen.
But it was Lampeter, his leadership and the Gottscheer Zeitung that coerced them into signing up for resettlement. The helpless, average Gottscheer who could not resist this onslaught can not be blamed for the loss of their lands.
Lampeter and his associates can not be included in this group. The facts show that Lampeter, his intimates, his Gottscheer militia [Mannschaft] and his propaganda organ, the Gottscheer Zeitung all carry a large share of the burden of responsibility for the Resettlement. According to SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Stier, the Head of the Resettlement Office: "Dr. Stier underlines also the important role of the Mannschaft leadership under Lampeter during the Preparations for Resettlement without which an emigration could not have taken place.
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In Point 6, Dr. Michitsch again does not separate the average Gottscheer from Lampeter and his Leadership.
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That Lampeter and his co-workers carry a large share of the burden of responsibility for the expulsion of the Slovene from their homes and lands is more accurately formulated from the following facts:
Without the "Preparation Effort" by Lampeter and his organization, the Resettlement would not have taken place.
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The Gottscheer leadership under Lampeter not only helped Hitler with the ingathering of the Gottscheer Germans, but made this ingathering possible as is indicated by SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Stier in the rebuttal of Point 4.
They did this by lying to their people and by applying intense pressure to force them to accept the resettlement option.
The magnitude of this deed is, however, small in comparison to the enormous deed of Lampeter and his co-workers in surrendering the Heritage of the Gottschee to the 'Ingathering Policy' of Hitler.
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The facts, therefore, show that the Gottscheer leadership under Lampeter not only helped Hitler with the ingathering of the Gottscheer Germans, but made this ingathering possible. This ingathering, described by this leadership as "Heimführung", (homebringing) was the cause for the Ethnic Cleansing of 37,000 Slovene (to make room for the Gottscheer) of which only half survived the following four years in Nazi forced labor camps in the Reich. This "Heimführung" brought us, the trusting Gottscheer, to the loss of our homeland and to the status of refugees.
The facts further show that the Gottscheer leadership under Lampeter not only cooperated with Hitler to make the ingathering possible, but via their enthusiastic participation, helped in the extinction of the Gottscheer as an ethnic group.
The above two paragraphs lead to the following observation and conclusion:
Since Lampeter and his intimate co-workers were familiar with the clauses of "der Menscheneinsatz" and knew, that through the Resettlement, the identity of the Gottscheer as an Ethnic Group was to end, Lampeter and his entire leadership group can justly be accused as having betrayed our Gottscheer heritage to Hitler's in-gathering objective.
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Unless Lampeter and his Leadership are separated out, the Gottscheer will not be free of the undeserved label of being Nazis.
The average Gottscheer carries no collective guilt since he was defenseless against the organized and efficient onslaught of Lampeter's Preparation Machine.
As stated by SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Stier;
" ..... without the preparations by Lampeter and his Mannschaft, the emigration could not have taken place."
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Lampeter expressed with moving words his thanks for the invitation and heartfelt welcome, which also offered him an opportunity to see his former colleagues and friends after 40 years. [GZ, 1.1989]
On this day, Lampeter was presented with a medal marking the festivity.
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Comrades and former coworkers present at the meeting were Richard Lackner, former Staff Leader of Lampeter and Ludwig Kren, member of the editorial staff of the Gottscheer Zeitung when it was under Lampeter's control.
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(The other inner circle members and comrades of Lampeter, Joseph Schober, Alfred Busbach, Herbert Erker, Martin Sturm and Johann Schemitsch were already deceased).
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The "invitation" to Lampeter came shortly after the fall of the East-West Wall. The fall of the Wall made it possible for the former SS-Sturmbannführer to enter the Gottscheer leadership circle once more. Shortly thereafter, Lampeter was taken into the circle of "Cultural Advisors" to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft located in Klagenfurt. [His last re-election to this post occurred in 1997].
This circle now consists of the following: Wilhelm Lampeter, former SS-Sturmbannführer,
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On 21 December 1997, Lampeter was elevated to "Honored Member" [Ehrenmitglied] in the Gottscheer Associations.
Prior to the emergence of Lampeter, Dr. Michitsch pleaded with us that "we must watch out that our history is not falsified...".
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Whether or not the perspectives of the chairman regarding our history have changed since the return of Lampeter, the objective reader can decide for himself.
In the ten years since the return of Lampeter, the political activity of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft, of which Dr. Michitsch and Dr. Krauland are the most eminent members, has been raised to a much higher level.
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The schism of 1966 occurred when 2/3rd of the dispersed attached themselves to the Gedenkstätte organization and even today want nothing to do with the Klagenfurt Arbeitsgemeinschaft. [Lampeter suggested a merger (the attempted takeover?) in 1994. [GZ., Jan.'95]
The takeover attempt of 1997, described in the Jan/Feb 1998 issue of the Gedenkstätte newspaper, failed since a legal basis for such a takeover did not exist.
The leader of this attempt, according to the Gedenkstätte paper, was none other than one of the members of the "Cultural Advisers", the colleague and friend of Lampeter and Lackner, "Ludwig Kren".
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Frensing quotes Wilhelm Lampeter:
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The subordination of the youth and the susceptible young farmers, the later Sturmführer and Stürmer of the "Mannschaft", occurred through training in the Reich and was completed by Lampete
Gottscheer Zeitung -
www.gottschee.net, 26 April 2005 [cached]
At these meetings were Wilhelm Lampeter (the SS officer in Buchenwald), Richard Lackner (in the special SS unit formed to guard the attempted retreat of Hitler's intimates to the "Alpenfestung") and Ludwig Kren, intimate friend of Lampeter/Lackner and now tutor of the children in Gril's Altsiedler Verein.
The Glory of Carniola: The Depopulation of Gottschee/Kocevje
www.carniola.org, 23 Mar 2004 [cached]
Lampeter was appointed to SS Sturmbannführer by Himmler in 1941 as a reward for preparing the population to accept the resettlement.
...
A large responsibility for our loss hangs on the then leadership of the Gottscheer and the following documented facts show how Lampeter, his co-workers and his organization betrayed their people and assisted in their extinction.
To support these assertions, I will prove the facts with quotations from Hermann Frensingâ€s Book “Die Umsiedlung der Gottscheer Deutschen; das Ende einer südostdeutschen Volks-gruppe.†(The Resettlement of the Gottscheer German; the End of a South-east German Ethnic Group).This book, sponsored by the South-east German Historical Commission, is the most encompassing and reliable source of documented facts regarding the loss of our homeland and was published in 1970.
The urge to undertake this task comes, ironically, from an appeal of Dr. Michitsch who in 1988 (prior to the resurfacing of Lampeter) challenged us under the title:
...
Fact is: The re-settlement destination was kept a secret at the insistence of Lampeter and his organization until it was too late for the re-settlers to change their minds.
...
The EGL (Ethnic Group Leadership), consisting of Schober, Lampeter and Sturm, was at the same time invited to the SS Headquarters in Berlin to finalize the details of the directive of the Führer.
...
Lampeter, journal notation of 9.2.1942â€:
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A thorough description of the ‘General Tactical Line†of the EGL under Lampeter is offered by Frensing under “Preparations by the EG Leadership for the Resettlement.†A short extract gives the relevant background.
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Fact is: The pressure was applied by Lampeter and his leadership as part of the Preparation Effort.They accepted this assignment willingly and voluntarily at the SS headquarters during the Berlin visit in May 1941. [See the quotations in Point 2 above].They sought assistance from the Italian occupiers only when they encountered resistance from the population they could not cope with.There were no German authorities anywhere in the Gottschee area to help them. As shown in the rebuttal of 2, Frensing shows that Lampeter and the EG Leadership withheld from population the Resettlement Decision as well as the Settlement Region.
...
Such and similar attacks were, in the months until the conclusion of the Option Period, amply exercised by Lampeter, his intimate associates, his Sturmführers and Stürmers [Stormtroopers] and the Gottscheer Zeitung to force the Ethnic Group to resettle.Frensing reports on such attacks in the following chapters of his book:
...
That the pressure from Lampeter and his Ethnic Group Leadership is no longer mentioned.Is it not likely that the cause for this omission lies in the fact that Lampeter and his intimates are again active in Gottscheer leadership circles?
And, as such, they have even been elevated to ‘Cultural Advisors†and ‘Honored Members†[Kulturreferenten and ‘Ehrenmitglieder] in Gottscheer Associations.
4. Fact therefore is, the resettled Gottscheer lost their land without any blame.†[M.GZ.4/98]Fact is: The average Gottscheer can not be blamed for the loss of his properties and his homeland because he was powerless to resist the Preparation Machine.Lampeter and his leadership must clearly be excluded from this group.
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But it was Lampeter and his leadership who kept the destination of the Umsiedlung a secret from their countrymen.
But it was Lampeter, his leadership and the Gottscheer Zeitung that coerced them into signing up for resettlement.The helpless, average Gottscheer who could not resist this onslaught can not be blamed for the loss of their lands.
Lampeter and his associates can not be included in this group. The facts show that Lampeter, his intimates, his Gottscheer militia [Mannschaft] and his propaganda organ, the Gottscheer Zeitung all carry a large share of the burden of responsibility for the Resettlement.According to SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Stier, the Head of the Resettlement Office: “Dr.Stier underlines also the important role of the Mannschaft leadership under Lampeter during the Preparations for Resettlement without which an emigration could not have taken place.†[F.S.141]
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In Point 6, Dr. Michitsch again does not separate the average Gottscheer from Lampeter and his Leadership.
...
That Lampeter and his co-workers carry a large share of the burden of responsibility for the expulsion of the Slovene from their homes and lands is more accurately formulated from the following facts:
 Without the “Preparation Effort†by Lampeter and his organization, the Resettlement would not have taken place.
...
The Gottscheer leadership under Lampeter not only helped Hitler with the ingathering of the Gottscheer Germans, but made this ingathering possible as is indicated by SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Stier in the rebuttal of Point 4.
They did this by lying to their people and by applying intense pressure to force them to accept the resettlement option.
The magnitude of this deed is, however, small in comparison to the enormous deed of Lampeter and his co-workers in surrendering the Heritage of the Gottschee to the ‘Ingathering Policy†of Hitler.
...
The facts, therefore, show that the Gottscheer leadership under Lampeter not only helped Hitler with the ingathering of the Gottscheer Germans, but made this ingathering possible.This ingathering, described by this leadership as "Heimführung", (homebringing) was the cause for the Ethnic Cleansing of 37,000 Slovene (to make room for the Gottscheer) of which only half survived the following four years in Nazi forced labor camps in the Reich.This "Heimführung" brought us, the trusting Gottscheer, to the loss of our homeland and to the status of refugees.
The facts further show that the Gottscheer leadership under Lampeter not only cooperated with Hitler to make the ingathering possible, but via their enthusiastic participation, helped in the extinction of the Gottscheer as an ethnic group.
The above two paragraphs lead to the following observation and conclusion:
Since Lampeter and his intimate co-workers were familiar with the clauses of “der Menscheneinsatz†and knew, that through the Resettlement, the identity of the Gottscheer as an Ethnic Group was to end, Lampeter and his entire leadership group can justly be accused as having betrayed our Gottscheer heritage to Hitler's in-gathering objective.
...
Unless Lampeter and his Leadership are separated out, the Gottscheer will not be free of the undeserved label of being Nazis.
The average Gottscheer carries no collective guilt since he was defenseless against the organized and efficient onslaught of Lampeterâ€s Preparation Machine.
As stated by SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Stier;
“ ….. without the preparations by Lampeter and his Mannschaft, the emigration could not have taken place.â€
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“The appearance of Professor Dr. Wilhelm Lampeter on Sunday morning [15 October, 1989] enriched the meeting.Lampeter expressed with moving words his thanks for the invitation and heartfelt welcome, which also offered him an opportunity to see his former colleagues and friends after 40 years.†[GZ, 1.1989]
On this day, Lampeter was presented with a medal marking the festivity.
...
Comrades and former coworkers present at the meeting were Richard Lackner, former Staff Leader of Lampeter and Ludwig Kren, member of the editorial staff of the Gottscheer Zeitung when it was under Lampeterâ€s control.
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(The other inner circle members and comrades of Lampeter, Joseph Schober, Alfred Busbach, Herbert Erker, Martin Sturm and Johann Schemitsch were already deceased).
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The “invitation†to Lampeter came shortly after the fall of the East-West Wall.The fall of the Wall made it possible for the former SS-Sturmbannführer to enter the Gottscheer leadership circle once more.Shortly thereafter, Lampeter was taken into the circle of “Cultural Advisors†to the Arbeitsgemeinschaft located in Klagenfurt. [His last re-election to this post occurred in 1997].
This circle now consists of the following:  Wilhelm Lampeter, former SS-Sturmbannführer,
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On 21 December 1997, Lampeter was elevated to “Honored Member†[Ehrenmitglied] in the Gottscheer Associations.
Prior to the emergence of Lampeter, Dr. Michitsch pleaded with us that “we must watch out that our history is not falsified…â€.
...
Whether or not the perspectives of the chairman regarding our history have changed since the return of Lampeter, the objective reader can decide for himself.
In the ten years since the ret
Open letter to the Gottscheer Zeitung
www.gottschee.net, 6 May 2007 [cached]
According to Viktor Michitsch , "thousands died" died during the Flucht and in the brutal camps of the Yugoslavs ! However, Wilhelm Lampeter and Ludwig Kren, searching for facts on the "Barbarism" toward the Gottscheer, published a booklet, "Berichte über die Umsiedlung und Vertreibung, sowie die Zeit danach". ( Reports over the Resettlement and Expulsion and the Time thereafter).
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But elsewhere, Michitsch echoes the opinion of Wilhelm Lampeter, the SS Sturmbannführer and 25 year old leader of those who tricked us into leaving our homeland.
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Lampeter was dismissed as leader of the Gottscheer in the Spring of 1942 and given a new assignment.
His new duties were with an SS unit in Buchenwald, the most notorious extermination camp of the Nazis.
And on Jan 1, 1944, he was transferred to the SS Headquarters directly under Himmler. Lampeter had requested that 16 members of his inner Gottscheer leadership circle also be taken into the SS. What new "assignments" did they receive ?
But, in spite of all this, Lampeter was taken into the AG and elected "Honored Member" shortly after the fall of Wall in 1989. At his reappearance in October 1989, surrounded by leaders of the AG, including Viktor Michitsch, Lampeter was even given a medal.
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Also present were Richard Lackner, Chief of Staff of Lampeter's Mannschaft and Ludwig Kren contributor to the Gottscheer Zeitung when it was the propaganda organ of the Gottscheer Nazis.
A Gottscheer in Buchenwald !
www.gottschee.net, 31 Jan 2005 [cached]
But for me, Buchenwald took on a special dimension when it became publicly known that on its Staff served an SS Colonel, a Gottscheer named Wilhelm Lampeter.
After the war, Lampeter escaped his fate of being tried as a war criminal by hiding in Communist Eastern Germany, out of western reach. (To quote the N.Y. Times, 30/1/05: "…after the War, the Western Allies defined as a war criminal anyone who was a principal or accessory to war crimes…."). Lampeter was welcomed back into the Leadership of the dispersed Gottscheer at a meeting in Munich on 14 October, 1990.
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But Lampeter (recently deceased) is by far not the first of former Nazis who since 1955 became "Honored Members" in organizations of the AG; his former deputy Richard Lackner, being one of them. (Lackner served in a Special Elite SS Group assigned to guard the withdrawal of the Third Reich's leadership to Hitler's alpine fortress.
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