Dietrich von Choltitz
Dietrich Hugo Hermann von Choltitz (9 November 1894 – 5 November 1966) was an officer of the German Army in World War II. Choltitz was born in Gräflich Wiese (now Łąka Prudnicka) next to Neustadt (now Prudnik).
|Dietrich Hugo Hermann von Choltitz|
Von Choltitz in 1940
|Allegiance||German Empire (to 1918)|
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1907–1945|
|Commands held||LXXVI Panzer Corps|
11th Panzer Division
|Battles/wars||World War I|
He has been called the "Saviour of Paris" because he prevented its destruction. Choltitz said he defied Hitler's direct order for its destruction because it was militarily useless. Other reasons were his affection for Parisian history and culture, and his belief that Hitler had become insane.
Choltitz died on 5 November 1966 in Baden-Baden.
- "Paris liberated - Aug 25, 1944 - HISTORY.com". Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- "World War II: The Liberation of Paris - HistoryNet". Retrieved 3 January 2017.