Werner Lorenz (October 2, 1891 – March 13, 1974) was SS head of the Hauptamt Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle (English: Main Welfare Office for Ethnic Germans) (VOMI) an
organization charged with settling ethnic Germans in the German Reich from other parts of Europe. He was born Grünhof (now in Gmina Postomino, Sławno County) near Stolp, Pomerania. His father was
a forest warden. In 1909 Lorenz went to Military school. He served in World War I first as a cavalry officer then as a pilot in the Luftstreitkräfte. After the war he worked as a border guard and
as farmer. He later acquired land and industrial property in Danzig. Through his daughter Rosemarie, Lorenz would become Axel Springer's father-in-law.
In 1929 Lorenz joined the Nazi Party and the SS in 1931. Two years later he had an active political role as a member of the Landtag in the Free State of Prussia, a member of the Reichstag and worked at the Hamburg State Council. In November 1933 Lorenz was promoted to SS-Gruppenführer and lead the SS Upper Division North from 1934 until 1937. In January 1937, was promoted to head the NSDAP agency Hauptamt Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle (VOMI) that was initially responsible for the welfare of Germanic peoples (Volksdeutsche) living beyond the pre-war borders of Nazi Germany. However when the Second World War began VOMI took charge of the resettlement of ethnic Germans on captured territory but also the "Germanization" of foreign children such as Poles and Slovenes.
Following the invasion of Poland, Lorenz was the chief executive responsible for allocating confiscated land, property and managing the affairs of the Volksdeutsch in all other areas of occupied Eastern Europe. VOMI, which was an office of the Nazi Party, would take control of a district once the native populations had been driven from their homes and lands. Ethnic German settlers were then given the land to work under the direction of VOMI officials. In respect to his international work, Lorenz was plenipotentiary for foreign relations for Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess.
In June 1941 VOMI was absorbed into the office of the Reich Commissioner for the Strengthening of German Ethnic Stock (RKFDV) run by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. The RKFDV, as an SS-controlled organization, had the authority to say who was German, where ethnic Germans could live, and what populations should be cleared or annihilated in order to make room for the German settlers from the east Europe during action "Heim ins Reich". As RKFDV chief, Himmler authorized the SS-Einsatzgruppen and other SS police units to round up and kill Jews, Slavs and Roma. Lorenz remained in charge of Volksdeutsch settlements in these ethnically cleansed areas. He also was responsible for VOMI officials who handled the personal property seized from Jews killed during Operation Reinhard in the General Government during 1942-1943.
In late 1942 Lorenz was seriously injured in a vehicle accident in Bosnia while overseeing the VOMI evacuation of ethnic Germans from the region. He was promoted to SS-Obergruppenführer in 1943. Volksdeutches decorated Golden Party Badge by Adolf Hitler in Berlin after Invasion of Poland in 1939. From left: Ludwig Wolff from Łódź, Otto Ulitz from Katowice, Gauleiter Josef Wagner, Mayor Rudolf Wiesner from Bielsko-Biała, Obergruppenführer Werner Lorenz, Senator Erwin Hasbach from Ciechocinek, Baron Gero von Gersdorff from Wielkopolska, Weiss from Jarocin. At the end of World War II, Lorenz was captured and held in an internment camp in England. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison at the RuSHA Trial at Nuremberg on 10 March 1948. Later, his sentence was reduced to 15 years in 1951. Lorenz was released early in 1955. Lorenz died in Hamburg in 1974.