Hans Delmotte

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Hans Delmotte (born 15 December 1917 in Liège, died 1945) was a Belgian SS doctor at the Auschwitz concentration camp in the branch of the Hygiene Institute of the Waffen SS. Initially he refused to take part in selections, allegedly going as far as to tell his superiors "You can send me to the front or gas me myself, but I won't do it".[1] By the late fall of 1944 he finally was persuaded to take part in selections. For Delmotte's dissertation, he reserved a Jewish prisoner doctor and professor to assist him. For this research, Delmotte took part in typhus experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz. Delmotte's dissertation:. Contributions to pathological physiology of gastric secretion in typhoid fever was already completed in 1944.

After the evacuation of Auschwitz in January 1945, Delmotte briefly continued to work in Dachau. While trying to make his way back to Belgium, he was arrested by members of the U.S. Army. During the transfer to a prison, Delmotte managed to shoot himself.[2]


  1. ^ Robert Jay Lifton, "The Nazi Doctors", p. 309 http://www.holocaust-history.org/lifton/LiftonT309.shtml
  2. ^ People in Auschwitz (Published in Association with the United States Holocaust Museum) Hermann Langbein (Author), Henry Friedlander (Foreword)


  • Ernst Klee: Auschwitz, die NS-Medizin und ihre Opfer. 3. Auflage. S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1997, ISBN 3-596-14906-1.
  • Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich: Wer war was vor und nach 1945. Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2007. ISBN 978-3-596-16048-8
  • Hermann Langbein: People in Auschwitz, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Wien: Ullstein, 1980; ISBN 3-548-33014-2.
  • Wacław Długoborski, Franciszek Piper (Hrsg.): Auschwitz 1940-1945. Studies on the History of the Concentration Camp and Death Camp Auschwitz. Verlag Staatliches Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oswiecim 1999, ISBN 83-85047-76-X.
  • Mieczysław Kieta: The Hygiene Institute of the Waffen SS in Auschwitz: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung (Hrsg.): Die Auschwitz-Hefte, Band 1, Hamburg, 1994; ISBN 3-8077-0282-2.

External links[edit]

Literature on Hans Delmotte in the German National Library.

↑ a b Aleksander Lasik: Die Organisationsstruktur des KL Auschwitz, in: Aleksander Lasik, Franciszek Piper, Piotr Setkiewicz, Irena Strzelecka: Auschwitz 1940-1945. Studien zur Geschichte des Konzentrations und Vernichtungslagers Auschwitz., Band I: Aufbau und Struktur des Lagers, Staatliches Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Oświęcim 1999, S. 320.

↑ Hermann Langbein: People in Auschwitz. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin Wien 1980, S. 405f.

↑ a b c Robert Jay Lifton: „The murderers are amongst us“, in: Der Spiegel, Ausgabe 27 vom 4. Juli 1988.

↑ Hans Münch über Delmotte Zitiert bei: Hermann Langbein: Menschen in Auschwitz. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin Wien 1980, S. 405

↑ Hans Halter: „The Murderers are amongst us: NS-Doctors, on the Euthanasia“, in: Der Spiegel, Ausgabe 25 vom 20. Juni 1998.