Behrends (1907-1948), Hermann

17 March, 2009
Bovy Daniel

Hermann Behrends was the first leader of the Berlin security police (Sicherheitsdienst) created by Himmler. In 1931 he earned a doctorate of law from the University of Marburg. He joined the Nazi party and the SS in February 1931. In 1934, he played an important role in the preparation of the list of people to be killed during the Night of the Long Knives. In 1937 he became deputy chief of the VOMI (Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle, the Racial German Main Assistance Office, headed by Werner Lorenz) till 1943. He was also member of the Waffen SS and of the Lebensborn society (from February 1944). Arrested in Flensburg in 1945, he was claimed by the Yugoslav authorities and later on executed by firing squad in December 1948 in Belgrade.

BIRN, R.B., 1986, Die Höheren SS- und Polizeiführer. Himmlers Vertreter im Reich und in den besetzten Gebieten. Düsseldorf: Droste Verlag.

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Bovy Daniel, Behrends (1907-1948), Hermann , Mass Violence & Résistance, [online], published on: 17 March, 2009, accessed 17/02/2021,, ISSN 1961-9898
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