Record Type: Photograph
Photograph #: 45297
Caption: Portrait of Reichsleiter Walter Buch.
One of a collection of portraits included in a 1939 calendar of Nazi officials.
Biography: Walter Buch (1883-1949), Oberster Parteirichter and SA-Obergruppenfuehrer. Buch joined the NSDAP in 1922 and the following year became the SA-Fuehrer of Munich. In 1927 he became chairman of "Uschla," the Inquiry and Arbitration Committee which dealt with internal party arbitration. Buch became a Reichstag deputy in 1928. After Hitler's takeover of power, Buch's title was changed from Chairman of "Uschla" to Oberster Parteirichter, or Supreme Party Arbitrator. Throughout his career in the SA, Buch was active in party purges, including the murder of Ernst Roehm. He was also an active supporter of his son-in-law, Martin Bormann, but their relationship soured and resulted in his gradual decline. In July 1949, an appeals court classified Buch as a major offender, citing his virulent antisemitic activity, and sentenced him to hard labor and the confiscation of property. He committed suicide on November 12, 1949.
[Source: Zentner, Christian. "Encyclopedia of the Third Reich." MacMillan, 1991.]
Photo Designation: NAZI OFFICIALS/PERSONALITIES OF THE THIRD REICH -- Gauleiter Calendar Portraits
Keyword: ABADI (MARCEL) NETWORK, BUCH, WALTER, CALENDARS, CLOSE-UPS, NAZI OFFICIALS
Photo Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Provenance: Geoffrey Giles
Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Geoffrey Giles