(1902 - 1947)
Albert Forster attendended the Humanistische Gymnasium
in Fürth from 1912 to 1920. He became member of the SA of Fürth
in 1923, and observed the high treason process against Ludendorff, Hitler and further eight accused, which took place from 26 February to 1 April
1924, in the court of Munich.
He became Gauliter (governor) of the province Danzig-West
Prussia from 1939 to 1945. He persued
a policy of assimilation of the Poles in his area of responsibility,
in which he simply declared them to be German. This policy was in direct
contrast to what was going on in the Warthegau by Gauliter Arthur Greiser.
Griser zealously persued a policy of ethnic cleansing and had complained
to SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich
Himmler that Forster's assimilation policy was against Nazi racial theory. When Himmler threatened Forster over this issue,
Forster simply ignored him, realizing that Hitler allowed each Gauliter
to run his area as he saw fit.
Despite his relatively mild administration of occupied
Polish Territory, Forster was responsible of expulsion of several hundred
thousands Poles to the General Governement and Stutthof concentration camp. He was also one of the responsibles for mass murder
at Piasnica, where approximately 60 000 Polish and Kashub inteligentsia
After the war he was condemed by Polish court for war
crimes and crimes against humanity, and was hanged in 1947.
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