(1900 - 1945) Hitler's Chief of the SS and Gestapo placed in charge of security and responsible for the construction and operation of extermination camps. He chose suicide rather than face a hangman's noose at Nuremburg. Fine content partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., Leisnig, Apr. 1, 1935, the service contract between the SS and SS-Untersturmfuhrer MAX SCHAFER (1907-1987). Schufer agrees to remain in service with the SS until one day after his 45th birthday, Jan. 16, 1953, after which his contract may be extended year-to-year. During his first year as an SS leader, he may be terminated without explanation at any time. Boldly signed by Himmler, and twice by Schafer as well. MAX SCHAFER (1907-1987) had a superb service record. Promoted to SS-Obersturmführer in 1935, he took joined the 2nd / SS Pioneer Battalion as platoon leader in the Polish and Western campaigns. On July 15, 1940 he was promoted to SS-Hauptsturmführer and in September 1940 chief of the 2nd / SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5, with which he fought in Russia from June 1941. In October 1941 he became the commander of SS Pioneer Battalion 5, which he led in the Caucasus and the Don region. He was awarded the Knight's Cross on February 12, 1943, after he had already been promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer on January 30, 1943. In May 1943 he became the pioneer leader of the III. SS Panzer Corps and distinguished himself as the leader of several combat groups in front of Leningrad and at the Oranienbaum pocket. On November 9, 1944, he was promoted to SS-Standartenführer, and on January 25, 1945, he was awarded the Oak Leaves.