Gunter d'Alquen

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Gunter d'Alquen (born October 24, 1910 Essen; died May 15,1998 Mönchengladbach) started his career in the Hitler Youth and later became a Youth Party leader in 1927. From an early age he had a passion for writing and used both the written and spoken word to communicate his beliefs and values. He joined the SS in April 1931 and within three years achieved the rank of Captain (Hauptmann). He joined the Völkischer Beobachter in 1932 as a political correspondent. Clearly talented, his work was read byHeinrich Himmler who was so impressed that he placed him as the editor of the Schwarze Korps – the official newspaper of the SS in 1935. By the outbreak of war the print run of the paper exceeded 700,000 copies per issue and d’Alquen had earned himself the reputation of being a "firebrand" extolling the virtues of the new ideals. With the outbreak of war d’Alquen’s became a dedicated and enthusiastic SS war correspondent.

His work was exceptionally valuable to the morale of the German war machine and towards the end of the conflict Himmler appointed him as head of the Wehrmacht Propaganda Department. During his career he was also responsible for several key works including the commissioned history of the SS. He survived the war and was captured and interned in Britain. When Camp 165 was closed in 1948 he was “passed on” to the American CIA where it is believed he worked on propaganda tactics during the Korean War. He likely helped the Allies as he was allowed to return to Germany. On the whole he was allowed to live in peace although he was made to pay two large de-Nazification fines (Berlin), one in 1955 and a further one in 1958. There is speculation that both of these were indirectly paid for by the US government as part of their repatriation deal. He was apparently banned from ever working in journalism but otherwise allowed to live out his life in peace and quiet. He died in 1998 aged 88.

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