Kirschbaum, Martin

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Kirschbaum, Martin Gender: M
Martin Friedrich Wilhelm Kirschbaum
born on 19 July 1888 at 16:30 (= 4:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
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German police officer in the crime squad, and an investigative officer and money collector at the Deutsche Familienkaufhaus GmbH (Defaka) company. He was a member of the Nazi party from 1933 until 1935 when he was ousted partly due to his friendship with Karl Ernst.

Shortly after the outbreak of the November Revolution and the collapse of the Empire in the autumn of 1918, Kirschbaum joined the Freikorps Regiment Reinhard, of which he was a member until 1920. During the protracted conflict between revolutionaries and state law enforcement officers in Berlin in 1919, he headed the news department of Eugen von Kessel's "Streifkompanie Kessel" (also known as "Kessel's Flying Squadron"), whose task was to collect evidence of "intentions against the state and government". In this context, the Kirschbaum-led news department compiled lists of leaders of the Spartacus movement including lists of their whereabouts. Kirschbaum was involved in the arrests of Communist leaders Karl Radek and Leo Jogiches in 1919.

He was friends with group leader of the Berlin SA, Karl Ernst, with whom he had worked since 1931. In autumn 1933, Kirschbaum financed Ernst's wedding. In addition, Kirschbaum organized a sea voyage planned for July 1934 to take Ernst and his wife to Madeira. At midday on 30 June 1934, Kirschbaum was arrested on the occasion of the Röhm affair in Bremerhaven as a companion of Ernst and his wife when the three were about to board the ship for Ernst's honeymoon to Madeira. Ernst and Kirschbaum were handed over to an SS commando under Kurt Gildisch, who took them to Berlin by plane. While Ernst was shot dead in the Lichterfelde cadet institution, Kirschbaum was only arrested. Since it could not be proven that he had participated in the alleged revolt of the SA leadership, he was finally released from custody.

Kirschbaum had at least one son, Gerhard, who worked as a cook in the Hotel Kaiserhof and then with the state police group of General Göring, and a daughter Lieselotte. He died in Berlin on 5 February 1958 at age 69.

Link to Wikipedia biography (German)


  • friend relationship with Ernst, Karl (born 1 September 1904)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry (no. 646) from Berlin Archives, death data in margin.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3
  • Vocation : Law : Private Investigator
  • Vocation : Law : Police
  • Vocation : Politics : Nazi party (1933-1935)