Otto Skorzeny – The Life of a Hero Before, During and After the Second World War

"Neues Europa"

by H. H. Noorden

 Otto Skorzeny

Otto Skorzeny was born on June 12, 1908 in Vienna. After his final examination, he studied engine-building at the technical University of Vienna and became an engineer in 1931. In this period, he was among other things politically educated through the membership in a student’s corps and his struggle for the union of Germany and Austria. In 1932, he became a member of the NSDAP, which was however banned in 1933. After Austria had become a part of the German Reich in March 1938, Skorzeny became a member of the SS. From September 1939, Skorzeny was trained with the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler in Berlin. He took part in the campaign in the west in the ranks of the regiment Germania and on January 30, 1941 he was promoted to SS-Untersturmführer. After he had marched into Serbia with the German troops in April 1941…

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