Willi Krichbaum

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Person.png Willi Krichbaum  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born7 May 1896
Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
Died4 April 1957 (Age 60)
Oberpfaffenhofen, Bavaria, Germany

Employment.png Head of the General Agency L

In office
1948 - 1961
Former Deputy Gestapo Chief

Employment.png Deputy Gestapo Chief

In office
1 March 1941 - May 1945
EmployerReich Security Main Office
Representative of Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller.

Wilhelm Krichbaum (also Willi or Willy Krichbaum) was head of the military intelligence service Geheime Feldpolizei (Secret Field Police), later an employee in the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA) and deputy Gestapo chief. After the Second World War he worked for the Gehlen organization and then for the Federal Intelligence Service (BND).


Before 1914, Krichbaum worked as a forester, then volunteered for the army when the First World War broke out and was with the field police.

After the end of the war he worked in the paramilitary Freikorps Oberland, that later operated as the Bund Oberland, and became its managing director of the organization in Dresden. Krichbaum joined the NSDAP local group in Dresden in 1923. In 1926 he was leader of the Feldjägerkorps Dresden.

During the Second World War, Krichbaum was Border Inspector Southeast based in Dresden, working for the border police, and eventually became chief of the Secret Field Police.[1] The units under his command committed war crimes and crimes against humanity on a large scale during their operations to “fight gangs ” in close cooperation with the Einsatzgruppen (death squads) of the security police and the SD, particularly on the territory of the occupied Soviet Union, according to the verdict of the Nuremberg trials. Krichbaum was promoted to SS Oberfuehrer and Colonel of the Police. [2]

After the Gestapo was incorporated into the Reich Security Main Office as its Office IV, Krichbaum became a representative of Gestapo chief Heinrich Müller on March 1, 1941.

Later career

In 1948, Krichbaum appeared as a witness in the trial of the Wehrmacht High Command. In the same year he was accepted into the Gehlen organization and, as head of the General Agency L, recruited many former Third Reich secret service agents, including Heinz Felfe in November 1951, who was later revealed to be a KGB agent. Krichbaum later headed the BND's network of sleeper agents. After Felfe was exposed in 1961, the BND also suspected Krichbaum of having spied for the KGB.[3]


  1. http://web.archive.org/web/20140913200548/http://www.l-iz.de/Bildung/B%C3%BCcher/2010/03/Taeter-im-Geheimen-Das-Portraet-eines-NS-Funktionaers.html
  2. Carsten Schreiber: Elite im Verborgenen - Ideologie und regionale Herrschaftspraxis des Sicherheitsdienstes der SS und seines Netzwerks am Beispiel Sachsens, München 2008, page. 41
  3. http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/vorab/0,1518,133564,00.html
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