Robert Ley

Robert Ley (German: [ˈlaɪ]; 15 February 1890 – 25 October 1945) was a German politician and labour union leader during the Nazi era; Ley headed the German Labour Front from 1933 to 1945. He also held many other high positions in the Party, including Gauleiter, Reichsleiter and Reichsorganisationsleiter. He committed suicide while awaiting trial at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity and war crimes.[1]

Robert Ley
Head of the German Labour Front
In office
10 May 1933  8 May 1945
LeaderAdolf Hitler
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Stabschef Reichsorganisationsamt, later Reichsorganisationsleiter
In office
9 December 1932  8 May 1945
LeaderAdolf Hitler
Preceded byGregor Strasser
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Reichsinspecteur II
In office
10 June 1932  9 December 1932
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Reichsleiter
In office
2 June 1933  8 May 1945
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Gauleiter of Southern Rhineland, later Rhineland
In office
17 July 1925  31 May 1931
Preceded byHeinrich Haake
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Reichskommissar for Social Housing Construction
In office
15 November 1940  8 May 1945
Personal details
Born(1890-02-15)15 February 1890
Niederbreidenbach, Rhine Province, German Empire
Died25 October 1945(1945-10-25) (aged 55)
Nuremberg Prison, Nuremberg, Allied-occupied Germany
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
NationalityGerman
Political partyNational Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP)
Children5
Alma materJena, Bonn, Münster
Known forHead of the German Labour Front (1933–1945)
Military service
Allegiance German Empire
Branch/serviceImperial German Army
Years of service19141920
RankLeutnant
Unit10th Foot Artillery Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsIron Cross 2nd class
Wound Badge, in silver

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