Hans Woellke

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Hans Woellke
File:Hans Woellke 1936.jpg
Woellke at the 1936 Olympics
Personal information
Born 18 February 1911
Bischofsburg, Germany
Died 22 March 1943 (aged 32)
near Minsk, Belarus
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put
Club PSV Berlin
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 16.60 m (1936)[1]

Hans-Otto Woellke (born 18 February 1911 – 22 March 1943) was a German shot putter, who won a gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1938 European Championships.[2]

Woellke served with the Berlin Police force. During World War II, he was a Captain in the Security Police attached to a regiment in the Waffen SS. He was killed by partisans on 22 March 1943 near Khatyn village which caused a notorious mass killing of inhabitants of Khatyn.[3]


  1. Hans Woellke. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. "Hans Woellke". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Genocide Policy, khatyn.by