Erich Geiringer

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Erich Geiringer (31 January 1917 – 25 August 1995) was a New Zealand writer, publisher, broadcaster, Fulbright scholar 1953, a leading member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, and the founder of the New Zealand Medical Association. George Salmond described him in a memorial tribute as, 'one of the most significant public health figures in New Zealand in the last half century'.[1]

Born in Vienna in 1917, Geiringer escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, going first to Belgium and later the United Kingdom, attending medical school in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In New Zealand he became a researcher at Otago Medical School in the 1960s.[2] In the same period his pamphlets on advocating cervical smears were banned by a University for, 'being obscene'. According to The Independent he dragged New Zealand medicine into the modern world.[3] Geiringer held a radical stance in the pro-abortion lobby, campaigning in the early 1970s for solidarity with jailed abortionists.[4]

Geiringer was the author of a book on Nuclear Disarmament entitled, Malice in Blunderland.[5] He was instrumental in the IPPNW's campaign in seeking an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice questioning the legality of nuclear weapons.[6] He died the very same year in which the IPPNW finally managed to gain a hearing at the International Court of Justice.[7]

Erich Geiringer died in Wellington on 25 August 1995, and is survived by his wife Carol, his daughter Claudia and his sons Karl and Felix.[8]


  1. ^ George Galloway (August 1995). "Tribute to Erich Geiringer (1917-1995)" (PDF). Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Portrait of Dr Erich Geiringer, 1974". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ Spiegl, Fritz (7 September 1995). "Obituary: Dr Erich Geiringer". The Independent. 
  4. ^ Redmer, Yska (13 March 2014). "Flo Never Said No". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  5. ^ Geiringer, Erich (1985). Malice in Blunderland: An Anti-Nuclear Primer. Benton Ross. ISBN 0908636032. 
  6. ^ "A brief history of IPPNW (NZ)". International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013. Retrieved July 31, 2016.  Archived May 4 2013.
  7. ^ Pat Craig (20 December 1995). "Erich Geiringer 1917 - 1995". Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol 12, 188. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ Adam Dudding (2012-08-05). "More than a lawman". Sunday Star Times. 

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