Joachim Peiper Biography
(German SS Officer and a Nazi War Criminal convicted for the Malmedy Massacre of U.S. Army PoWs)
Birthday: January 30, 1915 (Aquarius)
Born In: Berlin, Germany
Joachim Peiper was a field officer in the Waffen-SS during the Second World War. He was also the personal adjutant to Heinrich Himmler briefly during the war. Joachim was born into a middle class family to a father who previously worked in the Imperial German Army as a captain. He later retired from the army due to health reasons. While he was still a kid, Joachim lacked academic interests and followed his older brother and went into scouting. His brother Horst later joined the SS and inspired by him, Joachim decided to follow the same route and as he turned 18, he joined a group called Hitler Youth. He eventually joined the military and came in personal touch with Heinrich Himmler during the mid-1930s. In 1938, he was appointed as the adjutant to Himmler, with Karl Wolff being his commanding officer. Germany defeated Poland in 1939 and Joachim assisted Himmler in formulating policies for Polish people. He also fought on both the Eastern and Western fronts and was awarded by the Nazi government for his bravery. Following the war, he was subjected to trail for War Crimes in Belgium and was given a 12 years prison sentence. After the sentence was over, he tried living a normal life. In 1976, some intruders attacked him and set his house on fire. The officials concluded that he died of smoke inhalation. However the real cause of death is unknown since the body too badly burned.