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    Quote Originally Posted by jack944 View Post
    This guy seemed destined to die.
    lol. I thought the same thing. A bizarre story indeed

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    What happens in the U-Boat stays in the U-boat! Lol

    Poor guy, it was the race to the bottom for him.

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    It is indeed a bizar story.
    What I also find odd is that he was apparently partying with the EM of his crew, officers and EM didn't tend to mingle, even off duty in the Kriegsmarine.
    He was lucky that the Sipo/SD didn't pick up his case; if they had done, he would have ended up in a concentration camp were there was a chance that he would have been euthanized.
    (The Waffen SS executed/hanged those found guilty of homosexuality.)
    I also wonder what happened with the EM of his crew that were also caught.


    His case is also typical of how the Nazi's had a bad influence on the armed forces, although homosexuality was illegal in Germany before they came to power, such a trivial case as that of Helmut Franzke would never have been prosecuted, but now that they were in power they saw enemies everywhere, I guess typical behavior for dictatorships.
    So in a time when the needed "every swinging dick" in the field, they preferred to remove a capable submarine commander from their fleet, put him in jail and then use him as a ordinary sailor on coastal patrol boats.
    A slap on the wrist would have been more then enough and he could have carried on doing what he was trained for: destroying allied tonnage at sea, thus his conviction aided more the allied cause then that of the Reich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack944 View Post
    This guy seemed destined to die.
    Aren't we all?

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    Great book and research! Thanks for posting it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter U View Post
    I also wonder what happened with the EM of his crew that were also caught.
    The three crew members involved in that incident were not prosecuted.
    One of them stayed on U3.

    No further details known. Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amberg View Post
    The three crew members involved in that incident were not prosecuted.
    One of them stayed on U3.

    No further details known. Sorry

    Thanks Amberg!

    What is your source?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter U View Post
    Thanks Amberg!

    What is your source?
    There are some interesting threads about Franzke, Hewicker, Zedelius and other prosecuted Navy captains in our German Navy-Forum.
    https://www.forum-marinearchiv.de/sm...html#msg237319

    I simply asked in that thread if there is anything known about the sailors involved in the Franzke incident.
    Some of the court records/files survived WWII and are now in our federal archive.

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    Great follow up Amberg That would be good if we could get more info. Very interesting SB and thread.
    “Not every item of news should be published. Rather must those who control news policies endeavor to make every item of news serve a certain purpose.” - Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, 1933-1945

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    Fascinating history. Certainly not the first or last time something like this happened among service members in any branch on any side in WWII, but definitely a corner of WWII history not widely known about.

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