Portrait of Reichsaertzefuehrer Gerhard Wagner

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Portrait of Reichsaertzefuehrer Gerhard Wagner
Portrait of Reichsaertzefuehrer Gerhard Wagner

Record Type: Photograph

Photograph #: 45278

Caption: Portrait of Reichsaertzefuehrer Gerhard Wagner.

One of a collection of portraits included in a 1939 calendar of Nazi officials.

Biography: Gerhardt Wagner (1888-1939) was Leader of the National Socialist Chamber of Medicine and Plenipotentiary for Health in the Party Office. Wagner was from Neu-Heiduk, Upper Silesia and was born in August of 1888. He served as a medical officer during World War I and in the Epp and Oberland Freikorps. Practicing medicine in Munich, he joined the NSDAP in 1924. He co-founded the National Socialist German Doctors' Association in 1932 and was Reich Medical Leader by 1934. As a member of the Reichstag, he was Nazi Medical Leader of Franconia in 1933. Wagner was strongly anti-Jewish and supported the sterilization of the handicapped as well as Jews. He was considered the "godfather" of the euthanasia program. Wagner died in Munich on March 25, 1939.

[Sources: Wistrich, Robert. "Who's Who in Nazi Germany." MacMillan, 1982; Zentner, Christian. "Encyclopedia of the Third Reich." MacMillan, 1991.]

Date: 1939

Locale: Germany

Photo Designation: NAZI OFFICIALS/PERSONALITIES OF THE THIRD REICH -- Gauleiter Calendar Portraits

Keyword: CALENDARS, CLOSE-UPS, NAZI OFFICIALS, WAGNER, GERHARD

Photo Source: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Provenance: Geoffrey Giles

Photo Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Geoffrey Giles 

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