VERY RARE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THE T-4 EUTHANASIA HEAD GASSING DOCTOR

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VERY RARE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SIGNED BY THE T-4 EUTHANASIA HEAD GASSING DOCTOR

ERNST BAUMHARD

THOUSANDS OF ‘UNWORTHY TO LIVE’ DIED UNDER HIM IN THE GRAFENECK AND HADAMAR KILLING CENTERS

Ernst Baumhard (March 3, 1911 – † June 24, 1943) was a gassing physician in the Nazi killing center Grafeneck and the Nazi killing center Hadamar. He belonged to the National Socialist German Student Union and also joined the NSDAP in 1937. In 1938 he took over the leadership of the medical student council of the Nazi student leadership at the University of Halle. As one of the first winners of the Reichsberufswettbewerb, Baumhard was personally introduced to Hitler on 1 May 1938. In 1939 Baumhard received his license to practice medicine.

Baumhard is listed on an “expert” list of the central office T4 under the heading “Doctors in the institutions” from 1 November 1939 as a member of the T4 organization. In January 1940, together with other T4 doctors, he took part in the first “trial gassing” of sick people in the old Brandenburg penitentiary. Other participants included Hitler’s “euthanasia” commissioners, Karl Brandt, Philipp Bouhler and Leonardo Conti,the State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of the Interior responsible for health issues. The SS Sturmbannführer from the Forensic Institute of the Security Police Albert Widmann gave the instructions for the doctors who were to kill the patients. Through a peephole in the door to the gas chamber, the effect and duration of the gasification process could be observed.

From the beginning of 1940, Baumhard was appointed deputy gassing doctor of the Nazi killing center Grafeneck as part of the National Socialist “Euthanasia” program (in post-war parlance “Aktion T4”) and took over the succession of Horst Schumann as head of the gassing facility in April 1940. Here he appeared in correspondence under the camouflage name “Dr. Jäger”. From 26 February to 4 March 1940, Baumhard was with a medical commission led by the medical director of the T4 organization Werner Heyde in the bedburg-Hau institution and assisted together with the head of the killing center Brandenburg, Irmfried Eberl and Friedrich Mennecke in the selection of hospital patients. About 350 to 400 sick people were then taken by train to Grafeneck and gassed there.

After the dissolution of the Nazi killing center Grafeneck at the end of 1940, Baumhard moved to the Nazi killing center Hadamar, where he acted as director and first gassing doctor and used the camouflage name “Dr. Moos”. After differences with the T4 organizer Viktor Brack, Baumhard and his deputy Günther Hennecke joined the Kriegsmarinein the summer of 1941.

According to Hartheim statistics, 9,839 people were killed in Grafeneck in 1940 and 10,072 in Hadamar from January 1941 to the end of August 1941. The period in which Baumhard was in Hadamar accounted for 6,262 victims.

Baumhard sailed from 25 August 1941 in the Kriegsmarine as a naval doctor and medical officer on submarines. During such an operation he died on 24 June 1943 on U 449. [source: Wikipedia]

The document, dated 12 November 1934 and issued in Berlin-Kladow deals about Baumhard’s salary and that he agrees to the terms.

The document is in nice condition and the signature is strong. This item ships from one of our affiliates in Germany. It comes from a private collection and has never been offered for sale before. It was purchased directly out of a German archive. The seller gives a full money back guarantee for the authenticity of the document and signature. Includes shipping worldwide.

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