Having risen to the rank of Sturmbannführer, Eisfeld succeeded Hermann Baranowski as commandant at Sachsenhausen concentration camp before being replaced by Hans Loritz. Heinrich Himmler visited Sachsenhausen in early 1940 and, seeing disciplinary problems amongst the guards, ordered Eisfeld to be replaced as camp commandant. He was sent to command the new Neuengamme concentration camp, at the time a sub-camp of Sachsenhausen.
Eisfeld died suddenly at Dachau while attending a ceremony in which he was to be awarded a Nazi Party Badge.
- Tom Segev, Soldiers of Evil, Berkley Books, 1991, p. 200
- Yisrael Gutman, Michael Berenbaum, Anatomy of the Auschwitz Death Camp, Indiana University Press, 1998, p. 292
- Robert Melvin Spector, World Without Civilization: Mass Murder and the Holocaust, History and Analysis, Volume 1, University Press of America, 2005, p. 363
- Segev, Soldiers of Evil, p. 164
- The SS guards
- Karin Orth, Die Konzentrationslager-SS, Wallstein, 2000, p. 164
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