Josef Bürckel was Gauleiter and Reichsstatthalter of the Westmark (Pfalz/Palatine, Saargebiet and Lothringen). He was a member of the Reichstag (German parliament) since 1930. In 1938 he was promoted to SS-Gruppenführer and in 1939 to NSKK-Obergruppenführer. He was e member of the NSDAP from 1921 and also was a SA-Obergruppenführer. He committed suicide in 1944.
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