22 November 1896|
Rudow, near Berlin
15 January 1979
German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
|Years of service||1914–45|
|Rank||General der Fallschirmtruppe|
Flak-Regiment (mot.) "General Göring"
Fallschirm-Panzer-Division "Hermann Göring"
World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Following the battle at Monte Cassino in Italy, he was honored for authorizing action, prior to the battle, that saved priceless Christian treasures. At the request of two of his division's officers, he authorized use of trucks, fuel, and drivers to remove books and other property from the Abbey to the Vatican and other safe locations in Rome. After a mass in the basilica, Abbot Gregorio Diamare formally presented General Conrath with signed parchment scrolls enscribed in Latin. The scrolls cited two German officers who proposed the evacuation of the treasures of the Abbey, Lt. Col. Julius Schlegel, a military lawyer, and Capt. Maximilian Becker, an army surgeon, "for rescuing the monks and treasures of the Abbey of Monte Cassino." (See citations at entry for the Battle of Monte Cassino.)
- Iron Cross (1914) 2nd and 1st Class
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class
- Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
- Wehrmacht Long Service Award, 4th class
- Cuffband "Afrika"
- German Cross in Gold (18 May 1944)
- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht (18 August 1943)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 155.
- Scherzer 2007, p. 262.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 71.
- Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.
- Paul Conrath @ Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45
- Paul Conrath @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Major Walther von Axthelm
Commander of Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring
1 June 1940 – 14 April 1944
Generalmajor Wilhelm Schmalz