Otto Lasch
25 June 189329 April 1971
Place of birth Pleß
Place of death Bonn
Allegiance Flag of Germany 1933 Nazi Germany
Years of service 1914-1918
Rank General der Infanterie
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Otto Lasch (25 June 1893 - 29 April 1971) was a German general in the Wehrmacht.

Otto Lasch was born in Pleß as son of the forrester of the Duke of Pless in Silesia. Lasch after graduation took part in World War I in the Jäger-Bataillon „Fürst Bismarck“ Nr. 2 in Kulm (Westprussia). After 1918 he joined the police and in 1935 the Wehrmacht. He advanced to the rank of Generalleutnant and functioned as Commandant of Königsberg in East Prussia from November 1944. Following heavy fighting and surrounding of the city during the Battle of Königsberg by the Soviet Forces of 36 divisions against Lasch's 3 badly damaged divisions, he decided to surrender his garrison to the Red Army on 9 April 1945. Hitler convicted him in absentia and his family to the death penalty. His wife and daughters were arrested in Berlin and Denmark. However at the end of the war they were released. Lasch was to remain until 1953 in Soviet labor camp captivity in Workuta, but was released late October 1955, when due to Adenauer's Moscow visit remaining German war prisoners were released. Lasch died in Bonn in 1971.

In 1958 he wrote the book: So fiel Königsberg. Kampf und Untergang von Ostpreußens Hauptstadt about the battle and fall of Königsberg, capital city of Eastprussia. 1965 he wrote about the years of his time in Soviet war prison, titled Zuckerbrot und Peitsche.

References Edit

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of LXIV. Armeekorps
August 5, 1944 - November 1, 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Helmut Thumm
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