- Article by Robbert Schoester
- Published on January 24th, 2020
Helmut Otto Ludwig Weidling was born November 2, 1891 in Halberstadt in the present federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt. He served with distinction during World War One and made a brilliant career during World War Two, serving in Poland, France and on the Eastern front.In April 1945, Hitler appointed him military commander of Berlin and he became one of the key figures in the defense of the city. He passed away, a prisoner of war, on November 178, 1955 in a prison near Moscow.