|Posted By:||Randolph Xuthoria|
|Subject:||Re: german war criminal "Admiral Otto von Schrader"|
|Post Date:||September 24, 2005 at 15:00:02|
|Forum:||Schrader Family Genealogy Forum|
There is good reason that the grave of Admiral Otto von Schrader is not decorated. In 1943, naval forces under the command of von Schrader captured a British motor torpedo boat (# 345). The crew of the torpedo boat were wearing uniforms and members of the British armed forces. They were interrogated by the Naval Intelligence Branch.
Previously, Hitler had issued an order that all partisans, guerilla forces and commando units were to be handed over to the SD for immediate execution. This was known as the "Commando Order" and was clearly illegal and immoral.
Regardless of the legality of the order, it clearly did not apply to the crew of the torpedo boat, since they were regular members of the armed forces. But on von Schrader's orders, the crew was handed over to the SD and executed.
Following the war, von Schrader thought - correctly - that he would face punishment for his crime. He was about to be shipped to England to face trial when he committed suicide.