"Nazi General's Son Is Red Devil" 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment

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  1. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Trooper James Charles Jakes, 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment real name Egon Karl von Haas was an Austrian army cadet his father Karl von Haas born in the same town as Hitler became a German general. His mother was a Yugoslav Princess Ianovic. He appears to have gone to Spain as a spy then apprehend by fascists in Seville and rendered to Berlin and was tortured outside Berlin as well as being moved to
    Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp. Managed to escape there with help from FFI and then joined 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment. Naturalised in 1950 and lived in Kirkaldy.
    29th December 1944 Daily Herald

    HO 334/342/13647 Naturalisation Certificate: Egon Karl von Haas. From Austria. Resident in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Certificate BNA13647 24 June 1950. Note(s): Alias: James Charles Jakes. 1950

    FO 950/3973 Nazi persecution claim: Mr Egon Karl von Haas aka James Charles Jakes 1960 Jan 01 - 1966 Dec 31

    FO 950/3973/1 Closed extracts: Minute; letters dated 19/8/1966, 29/6/1966, February 1966, August 1965, 18/10/1963; 2 Form As; affidavit dated April 1960; list of documents 1960 Jan 01 - 1966 Dec 31

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  2. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    This might be his father General Karl Haas

    Karl Friedrich Julius Haas (born February 21, 1878 in Braunau am Inn , † January 1949 in Linz) was an Austro-German officer, most recently in the rank of major general, and SA leader, most recently in the rank of SA group leader.

    In his youth, Haas was educated in a cadet and corps officer school. From 1898 to 1914 he was a member of the Austrian field artillery, most recently with the rank of captain. From 1914 to 1918 Haas took part in the First World War with field cannon regiment 40, field howitzer regiments 8 and 3 . During this time he reached the major rank. After the war, Haas was a member of the Austrian Armed Forces from 1918 to 1931 , where he served as regimental commander and deputy leader of Brigade Upper Austria No. 4. In 1931 he retired as major general from active military service.

    On November 11, 1931, Haas joined the Sturmabteilung (SA), the street combat organization of the NSDAP . In this he was successively promoted to Standartenführer (with effect from November 1, 1931), Oberführer (November 1, 1932) and Brigadführer (January 1, 1933) and used as leader of the SA group Alpenland West and the group Austria. On January 1, 1932, he joined the NSDAP (membership number 689.037). In 1933 Haas was taken into custody for a few weeks because of his political activities for the SA. Due to the ongoing conflict between the Austrian National Socialists and the Dollfuss regime in Austria, he fled to the German Reich in January 1934 in order to evade persecution by the authorities. There he joined the Austrian Legion , where he was used on the staff of the Northwest Relief Organization. From 1934 to 1937 he took part in the Nazi party rallies. In March 1938, Haas became leader of Legion Brigade 2, based in the Legion camp in Bocholt. In the same month he was promoted to SA group leader. From September 1, 1938, he was assigned to the Alpenland group.

    On February 13, 1939, Haas was appointed honorary judge at the People's Court. In this position he was involved in the imposition of 80 death sentences, including the sentencing of the Benedictine Father Josef Pontiller to death on December 15, 1944.


    In the military

    1931: Major General

    In the SA
    November 1, 1931: SA Standartenführer
    November 1, 1932: SA Oberführer
    January 1, 1933: SA Brigade Leader

    March 12, 1938: SA group leader


    Hans Schafranek: Mercenaries for the "Anschluss". The Austrian Legion 1933–1938 , Vienna 2011, p. 412.

    Individual evidence

    1. Birth entry in the birth book duplicate of the Roman Catholic parish Braunau am Inn 1878, No. 24/1878 ( online )
    2. Hans Schafranek : Mercenaries for the connection. The Austrian Legion 1933–1938. Czernin Verlag, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-7076-0331-6 , p. 412.
    3. Oberösterreichische Nachrichten of January 15, 1949, p. 3 ( online )
    4. Ilse Staff: Justice in the Third Reich - A Documentation. Frankfurt / Main 1978, p. 207
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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

  4. Andreas

    Andreas Working on two books

    He seems nice.

    All the best

  5. Jodi Severinski

    Jodi Severinski New Member


    This is my grandpa. Thank you for the information and newspaper article. He passed away when I was around 1 so I didn’t get to know him very well.

    I have a photo of my great grandpa from a history book that grandpa wrote this in, a picture from a book in our photo album and we have been trying to find his book he wrote that my mom helped him translate from his journal. And a photo of him, my mom and me.

    (Edit: uploaded wrong pic)

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  6. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

    Absolutely fascinating! I'd very much like to find out more...
  7. Jodi Severinski

    Jodi Severinski New Member

    This photo is a painting of the courtyard of their home in Spain. Grandpa was a young boy then. They raised Lippazaner horses. We have it in our living room now.

    Mom knows a bit from helping him translate his journal and type it. I will have to see if I can find it. There’s apparently a book in France written about him but we aren’t sure what it’s called.

    Apparently over the span of a few years they gathered materials to make high official’s uniforms. So when the officials came in their staff car they managed to escape and take the car. There were four of them and only my grandpa and another man made it. The other two were caught. We aren’t sure of the details but he flew a plane to England. He met my grandma there, she was a nurse.

    He passed away in May 1989. He had wires in his legs but he didn’t like to use a cane. He lost his balance downtown at the bank and cracked his skull. They transported him to a bigger hospital a couple of hours away but he passed away less than 24 hours later. My grandma had passed a year or so before.

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  8. alberk

    alberk Well-Known Member

    It is unlikely, I am afraid. "Karl Haas" is the name of the Nazi. Mr. Jakes former last name was "von Haas". The "von" in the name is not just a negligible detail.... And there is no former general "Karl von Haas".

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