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.]
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