Otto Erich Kahn
Otto Erich Kahn (in the middle) with Heinz Barth (on the left)
Otto Erich Kahn (in the middle) with Heinz Barth (on the left)
I do not know who holds the copyright for this photograph

    This rather poor quality photograph is the best that I have found to date showing Otto Erich Kahn. There is no specific date or location as to when it was taken, but I think it must have been in Russia during the summer of 1942. The three men seem to be sat on some kind of rustic outdoor seat and as all three are wearing light uniform clothing, this suggests the summer months. The unit that both Kahn and Barth belonged to at this time would have been the Der Führer Regiment of the Das Reich 2nd SS Panzer Division.

    Kahn is the man in the middle and unfortunately his collar tabs are not visible (they seem to be missing), but my best guess is that he was a Hauptsturmführer at the time.

    I am unsure who the man on the left is. Some time ago he was identified to me as being Heinz Barth, but Barth joined the Nazi Party in 1939 and the man in the photograph is showing that he joined the party before 1933 (he has the "V" chevron on his right arm). See also the other photographs of Barth.

    I do not have any details for the man on the right, who from his uniform, seems to be from a different unit.

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