BECHLER, Bernhard  
Name:  Bechler, Bernhard
Date of birth: February 9th, 1911 (Lengenfeld-Auerbach/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:  November 30th, 2002 (Kleinmachnow/Brandenburg, Germany)
Nationality:  German
Bernhard Bechler was born on 9th February 1911 as the son of a saxen factory director. After his study on the Gymnasium, he schose for a military life. He became Reichswehr officer in 1931 and was promoted to Oberleutnant in 1932.

Between 1939 and 1942 he was stationed as Adjutant with the Generalstab des Oberkommandos des Heeres. Bechler was a NSDAP member. In 1943 he became prisoner of war with the Soviets as Major and batallion commander in the 6.Armee in Stalingrad. During his imprisonment he was cofunder of the Nationalkomitees Freies Deutschland (NKFD) and the Bundes Deutscher Offiziere. He became a member of the Kommunisticher Partei Deutschlands. For all this he was sentenced to death in absence by yhe German Reichsgericht. During the last year of the war het served as Frontbeauftragter on the 2nd Belorussian Front during the Battles of Graudenz.

His wife Margret Bechler, was ordered to divorce her husband in 1944, who was considered as a treater. She refused this and was derived of all her civil rights. After the war she was accused for the deathsentencing of the Antifascist Anton Jakos, her husbands servant. She was arrested by the East-German government and sentenced to death in 1950. The sentence was later changed in life imprisonment. She was released in 1956, but was never rehabilitated. Margaret Bechler died in 2002. When he returned to East-Germany, Bernhard Bechler organised that his wife was declared dead and remarried.

After the war ended, Bechler in 1946 became the Minister of Internal Affairsof Brandenburg. In 1949 and 1950 he attended a course on a Soviet Military Academy and became Chefinspekteur. From 1952 he was Generalmajor with the Kasernierten Volkspolizei and deputy Chef des Hauptstabes der Nationalen Volksarmee. After he left his office he became tutor at the Militärakademie Dresden until his retirement in 1971. After the "Wende" and unification of East and West Germany he became a member of the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands (SED).
Rank: Major
Unit: I. / Grenadier-Regiment 29 (motorisiert)
Awarded on: January 28th, 1943
Rank: Frontbeauftragter
Awarded on: March 1945
Action: Awarded by Marshall Zhukov for his services on the 2nd Belarussian Front during the Battles for Graudenz.
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Information source(s):   - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
- Mitteilungsblatt FM, Heft 1, I/2007, Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage, 2007
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