Erwin Ding-Schuler

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Erwin Ding-Schuler
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Dr. med. Erwin Ding-Schuler
Born (1912-09-19)September 19, 1912
Bitterfeld, Germany
Died August 11, 1945(1945-08-11) (aged 32)
Freising, Germany
Nationality German
Fields Medicine
Academic advisors Joachim Mrugowsky
Known for Waffen SS surgeon at Buchenwald

Erwin Oskar Ding-Schuler (September 19, 1912 — August 11, 1945) was a German surgeon and an officer in the Waffen-SS who attained the rank of Sturmbannführer (Major). He is notable for having performed experiments on inmates of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Ding-Schuler joined the NSDAP in 1932 and the SS in 1936.[1] In 1937 he received his degree and passed his second state exam in medicine. An author of scientific publications, in 1939 he became camp physician at Buchenwald and head of the division for spotted fever and viral research of the Waffen-SS Hygiene Institute in Weimar-Buchenwald. Until 1945 he conducted extensive medical experiments (on some 1,000 inmates, many of whom lost their lives) in Experimental Station Block 46, using various poisons as well as infective agents for spotted fever, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, and cholera.[2]

Erwin Ding-Schuler was arrested by U.S. troops on 25 April 1945 and committed suicide on 11 August 1945.[2][3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Steiner, John Michael (1976). Power Politics and Social Change in National Socialist Germany: A Process of Escalation into Mass Destruction. Walter de Gruyter. p. 213. ISBN 0391005251. 
  2. ^ a b Zenter, Christian and Bedürftig, Friedemann (1991). Encyclopedia of the Third Reich, p. 199. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-02-897502-2
  3. ^ Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich. 2007, p. 111.
  4. ^ Eugen Kogon: Der SS-Staat. Das System der deutschen Konzentrationslager. 1974, p. 320.
  5. ^ Eugen Kogon, The Theory and Practice of Hell (1998) p. 265.