Paul Maitla

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Paul Maitla (March 27, 1913 – May 10, 1945), born Paul Mathiesen, was an Estonian commander in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He is one of the four Estonians who received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

The fate of Paul Maitla was uncertain for number of decades, until some information was discovered in 2005 in the city archives of the Czech town of Nymburk. These archives show that Maitla was arrested on May 9, 1945 and murdered together with 4 other Estonian soldiers on May 10 (on the first day of peace after World War II had ended) by Czech communists.

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