Theodor Eicke Biography
Birthday: October 17, 1892 (Libra)
Born In: Hampont, France
Theodor Eicke was a German military officer and an important SS (Schutzstaffel) functionary. A veteran of the First World War, he could never accept German defeat at the war and developed hatred for the Weimar Republic. Eventually at the age of thirty-six, he joined the Nazi Party and its street organization, Sturmabteilung. Later, he was moved to Schutzstaffel and was put in charge of the Dachau concentration camp. Slowly, he began to gain more power, climbing to the post of Concentration Camps Inspectorate. Over the time, he started developing and expanding the concentration camp system and the norms he evolved was later followed as the standard practice by all the concentration and extermination camps across Nazi Germany. In 1939, he became commander of the SS Division Totenkopf of the Waffen-SS and took part in Battle of France, Operation Barbarossa and Third Battle of Kharkov. He died in action in 1943.