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SHARKHUNTERS Salutes Veterans

HEINZ  MACHER  (4020-1994)
Sturmbannführer, Waffen SS

 

Macher led a group of 15 SS specialists who were ordered by Heinrich Himmler to blow up the SS castle Wewelsburg near Paderborn in order to ensure that the devotional objects and important files should not fall into the hands of the Allies.  The demolition command arrived on 31 March 1945.  The same day, after Macher had informed the local Fire Brigade, the south-east tower (least important tower of the large castle) was blown up.  Because of lack of explosives they could not blow up the rest of the complex.  Macher ordered the firemen not to extinguish the fire so that most of the complex was nevertheless destroyed.
 

Macher was also charged with the task of burying the castle's treasures, including over 9,000 Death's Head rings held in a shrine to commemorate SS men killed in action. These treasures have never been found.
                                

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