Dr. Josef Bühler joined the NSDAP (Nazi Party) in 1922.
He was one of the members of the attempted Nazi putsch in Munich on November
9, 1923. Buhler worked as a lawyer in partnership with Dr.
Hans Frank, who was Adolf
Hitler's attorney. When the Nazis came to power, Buhler was appointed
Deputy President of the Academy of German Law.
After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September 1939,
Dr. Frank was appointed Governor-General of the General Government of
Occupied Poland and
Dr. Buhler accompanied Dr. Frank to Krakow to take up the post of State Secretary of the General Government. He
was given the honorary rank of SS Brigadefuhrer by SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler around
Dr. Buhler attended the Wannsee
Conference on January 20, 1942,
as Dr. Frank's representative. During this conference - which discussed
the imposition of the “final
solution of the Jewish Question in the German Sphere of Influence
in Europe” - Dr. Buhler pressed the other conference attendees
to 'solve the Jewish Question in the General Government as quickly as
After the war, Dr. Buhler was tried by the Poles for
“crimes against humanity,” condemned to death, and was executed