Hermann Schmitz (entomologist)

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Hermann Schmitz (12 August 1878 in Elberfeld, Wuppertal – 1 September 1960 in Bad Godesberg) was a German entomologist who specialised in Hymenoptera and Diptera.

His personal collection of data on flies and the literature of flies were looted by the Nazis during World War II. He was a Jesuit of German origin living in Limburg (Netherlands), at the time.[1]

Schmitz was a priest in Valkenburg. He is best known for his studies of Phoridae. His collections are in Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht [1] (Diptera and Hymenoptera) Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (world Phoridae and Lepidoptera from the Canary islands)

He wrote Phoridae In: E. Lindner, Editor, Die Fliegen der palaearktischen Region (Lieferung 165) 4 (33) (1951) and many scientific papers mostly on this family.


  1. ^ Aalders, Gerard. Nazi Looting: The Plunder of Dutch Jewry During the Second World War. Oxford: Berg, 2004. Page 62.
  • Evenhuis, N. L. (1997). Litteratura taxonomica dipterorum (1758–1930). Volume 1 (A-K); Volume 2 (L-Z). Leiden, Backhuys Publishers.