Prof Dr Karl Gebhardt was born on 23 November 1897
He was member of the "Freikorps Oberland
" (established on 12 April 1919
prominent members: Himmler
, and SS-Oberstgruppenführer
), and the 15th Freiwilligen-Kompanie
against the "Red Army" in the Ruhr area in 1919.
He participated in the "Hitler-Putsch" in München
9 November 1923
Gebhardt was President for Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Berlin
served in the 2nd SS-Division "Das Reich"
, and at the
Gebhardt was Himmler
's friend from youth. He became the "Highest Physician"
of the SS. He was Senior Consultant of the nursing home and SS hospital in
, and President of
the German Red Cross.
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
on 1 October 1940
on 30 January 1943
Gebhardt joined Himmler
during his last days. He was captured probably
on 21 or 22 May 1945
together with other members of Himmler
's flight group.
On 9 December 1946
he was put on trial by an American military tribunal at
in the "Doctors' Case" for performing lethal sulfonamide
experiments on female concentration camp inmates. Gebhardt was sentenced to death by hanging on
20 August 1947
, and hanged at Landsberg am Lech
on 2 June 1948
Witte Peter, Wildt Michael, Pohl Dieter and others, eds. Der Dienstkalender Heinrich Himmlers 1941/42
Hans Christians Verlag, Hamburg, 1999
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