Kurt Gerstein

1905 - 1945

Kurt Gerstein

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. 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 214,542 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 30th most popular engineer.

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Among engineers, Kurt Gerstein ranks 30 out of 287Before him are Hugo Junkers, Hans Albert Einstein, Artem Mikoyan, Anthony Fokker, Felix Wankel, and Lennart Torstensson. After him are Theodore von Kármán, August Horch, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Abram Petrovich Gannibal, Oliver Heaviside, and William John Macquorn Rankine.

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Among people born in 1905, Kurt Gerstein ranks 27Before him are Guillermo Stábile, Vasily Grossman, Artem Mikoyan, Max Schmeling, Dalton Trumbo, and Nevill Francis Mott. After him are Fred Trump, Marian Rejewski, Raymond Cattell, Franz Ziereis, Gerard Kuiper, and Władysław Gomułka. Among people deceased in 1945, Kurt Gerstein ranks 61Before him are Odilo Globočnik, Kurt Knispel, Vladimir Vernadsky, Felix Salten, Karl-Otto Koch, and Margot Frank. After him are Fumimaro Konoe, René Lalique, Oskar Dirlewanger, Arthur Nebe, Heinrich Wölfflin, and Franz Ziereis.

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Among people born in Germany, Kurt Gerstein ranks 618 out of 3,763Before him are Christoph Martin Wieland (1733), Oliver Kahn (1969), Tannhäuser (1205), Johann Tetzel (1460), Johann Reuchlin (1455), and Wilhelm Hauff (1802). After him are Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve (1793), Fritz Walter (1920), Otto Ohlendorf (1907), Robert Aumann (1930), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), and Max Liebermann (1847).