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Karl Otto Koch
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Military Personnel
    (August 2, 1897-April 5, 1945)
    Born in Darmstadt, Germany
    Colonel in the SS
    Commandant of the concentration camps at Esterwegen (1936), Sachsenhausen (1936-37), Buchenwald (1937-41) and Majdanek (1941-42)
    Married to 'Bitch of Buchenwald' Ilsa Koch
    His first marriage broke up over his infidelity.
    He had two hospital orderlies executed as 'political prisoners' to cover up the fact that they had treated him for syphilis.
    Another prisoner who knew about Koch's syphilis was 'shot while trying to escape'; he had actually been ordered to get water from a well outside the camp and was shot in the back when he went.
    He embezzled property stolen from the prisoners.
    He was tried by the Nazis on charges of corruption and murder and was sentenced to death for 'disgracing' the SS.
    He earned the Iron Cross during World War I.
    He was relieved of command at Majdanek after 86 Soviet POWs escaped.
    He was executed by a firing squad.

Credit: C. Fishel

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