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Kurt Gerstein

1905 - 1945

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Kurt Gerstein (11 August 1905 – 25 July 1945) was a German SS officer and head of technical disinfection services of the Hygiene-Institut der Waffen-SS (Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS). After witnessing mass murders in the Belzec and Treblinka Nazi extermination camps, Gerstein gave a detailed report to Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter, as well as to Swiss diplomats, members of the Roman Catholic Church with contacts to Pope Pius XII, and to the Dutch government-in-exile, in an effort to inform the international community about the Holocaust as it was happening. In 1945, following his surrender, he wrote the Gerstein Report covering his experience of the Holocaust. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kurt Gerstein has received more than 341,917 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Kurt Gerstein is the 55th most popular engineer (down from 44th in 2019), the 1,109th most popular biography from Germany (down from 869th in 2019) and the 10th most popular German Engineer.

Kurt Gerstein was a Nazi officer who claimed to have witnessed the mass extermination of Jews in the gas chambers at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He was later convicted of war crimes and executed.

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Among engineers, Kurt Gerstein ranks 55 out of 323Before him are Banū Mūsā, Henry Gantt, William John Macquorn Rankine, Charles George Gordon, Bjarne Stroustrup, and Gustaf de Laval. After him are Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Arthur Scherbius, Walter Dornberger, Colin Chapman, Kurt Tank, and Marcello Gandini.

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Among people born in 1905, Kurt Gerstein ranks 50Before him are Albert Pierrepoint, Takashi Shimura, Carl Gustav Hempel, Erwin Chargaff, Lale Andersen, and Emmanuel Mounier. After him are Sada Abe, Barnett Newman, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Cotten, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, and Severo Ochoa. Among people deceased in 1945, Kurt Gerstein ranks 90Before him are Mitsuru Ushijima, Fritz Klein, Plutarco Elías Calles, Walter Bradford Cannon, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, and Roza Shanina. After him are Rudolf von Sebottendorf, Kiril, Prince of Preslav, Philipp Bouhler, Anton Dostler, Walter Krüger, and Ernst-Robert Grawitz.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Kurt Gerstein ranks 1,109 out of 6,142Before him are Erwin Piscator (1893), Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal (1855), Otto Georg Thierack (1889), Rodolphe Seeldrayers (1876), Konrad Witz (1400), and Margaret II, Countess of Hainaut (1311). After him are Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg (1511), Lothar de Maizière (1940), Margot Honecker (1927), Max Klinger (1857), Klaus Störtebeker (1360), and Rudolf Diels (1900).

Among ENGINEERS In Germany

Among engineers born in Germany, Kurt Gerstein ranks 10Before him are Willy Messerschmitt (1898), Albert Göring (1895), August Horch (1868), Hugo Junkers (1859), Felix Wankel (1902), and Ernst Heinkel (1888). After him are Arthur Scherbius (1878), Walter Dornberger (1895), Claude Dornier (1884), Erich Topp (1914), Christian Otto Mohr (1835), and John A. Roebling (1806).