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Paul Conrath

Paul Conrath
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring and Paul Conrath (left)
Born (1896-11-22)22 November 1896
Rudow, near Berlin
Died 15 January 1979(1979-01-15) (aged 82)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1914–45
Rank General der Fallschirmtruppe
Commands held Flak-Regiment (mot.) "General Göring"
Fallschirm-Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring"
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

General Paul Conrath (22 November 1896 – 15 January 1979) was a German General der Fallschirmtruppe during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

Following the battle at Monte Cassino in Italy, he was honored for authorizing action, prior to the battle, that saved priceless Christian treasures. At the request of two of his division's officers, he authorized use of trucks, fuel, and drivers to remove books and other property from the Abbey to the Vatican and other safe locations in Rome. After a mass in the basilica, Abbot Gregorio Diamare formally presented General Conrath with signed parchment scrolls enscribed in Latin. The scrolls cited two German officers who proposed the evacuation of the treasures of the Abbey, Lt. Col. Julius Schlegel, a military lawyer, and Capt. Maximilian Becker, an army surgeon, "for rescuing the monks and treasures of the Abbey of Monte Cassino." (See citations at entry for the Battle of Monte Cassino.)



  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 155.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 262.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 71.

External links

  • Paul Conrath @ Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45
  • Paul Conrath @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
Major Walther von Axthelm
Commander of Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring
1 June 1940 – 14 April 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Wilhelm Schmalz
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