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August Hirt

1898 - 1945

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August Hirt (28 April 1898 – 2 June 1945) was an anatomist with Swiss and German nationality who served as a chairman at the Reich University in Strasbourg during World War II. He performed experiments with mustard gas on inmates at the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp and played a lead role in the murders of 86 people at Natzweiler-Struthof for the Jewish skull collection. The skeletons of his victims were meant to become specimens at the Institute of anatomy in Strasbourg, but completion of the project was stopped by the progress of the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of August Hirt has received more than 228,861 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). August Hirt is the 548th most popular military personnel (down from 460th in 2019), the 1,344th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,132nd in 2019) and the 110th most popular German Military Personnel.

August Hirt was a German physician and anatomist during the Nazi regime. He is most famous for his involvement in the Holocaust.

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Among military personnels, August Hirt ranks 548 out of 1,468Before him are Ugo Cavallero, Otto Kumm, Yue Jin, Aleksei Antonov, Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov, and Qi Jiguang. After him are Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle, Jack Phillips, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Werner Ostendorff, Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, and Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach.

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Among people born in 1898, August Hirt ranks 64Before him are Carl Clauberg, Howard Florey, Arletty, Marie-Pierre Kœnig, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Viktor Ullmann. After him are Ernő Gerő, Randolph Scott, Julius Schaub, Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, Giuseppe Saragat, and Henry Hathaway. Among people deceased in 1945, August Hirt ranks 103Before him are Hans Kammler, Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Bernhard Rust, Georg Kaiser, and Helmuth James von Moltke. After him are Charles Spearman, Werner Ostendorff, Constanze Manziarly, Takeichi Nishi, Lord Alfred Douglas, and Josef Čapek.

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Among people born in Germany, August Hirt ranks 1,344 out of 6,142Before him are Otto of Bamberg (1060), Helmut Haller (1939), Annemarie Schimmel (1922), Gunter Sachs (1932), Karl Richter (1926), and Helmuth James von Moltke (1907). After him are Niklot (1100), Prince Konrad of Bavaria (1883), Hans Scharoun (1893), Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis (1860), Hieronymus Wolf (1516), and Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz (1721).


Among military personnels born in Germany, August Hirt ranks 110Before him are Franz von Hipper (1863), Alexander von Kluck (1846), Herta Bothe (1921), Heinz Lammerding (1905), Walter Rauff (1906), and Otto Kumm (1909). After him are Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach (1888), Nicolaus von Below (1907), Kurt Franz (1914), Ernst Barkmann (1919), Fritz Bayerlein (1899), and Hans Speidel (1897).