He was a senior SS officer of rank Brigade fuehrer and commanded Ist SS cavalry during invasion of Soviet Union. He was responsible for mass murders. At the end of war, he was arrested by Soviet Union. And was sentenced to prison term in 1947! He was released in 1955 as a policy of amnesty due to efforts of West German Chancellor with Nikita Kruschev Prime Minister of USSR. He was. Again tried in West Germany, but was acquitted. He lived long and died at the age of 97 years.