Heim, Dr. Aribert Ferdinand, born 28-06-1914 in Radkersburg, Austria-Hungary, was the son of a policeman. He studied medicine in Graz, receiving his doctorate in Vienna, joining the SS
after the Anschluss. He volunteered for the Waffen-SS in the spring of 1940, rising to the rank of Hauptsturmführer
. In October 1941, Heim was sent into the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp
, where he performed medical experiments on prisoners. He was later sent to an SS field hospital in Vienna. The prisoners at Mauthausen called Heim “Dr. Death“
. For about two months, October to December 1941, Heim was stationed at the camp called Ebensee near Linz, Austria, where he carried out experiments on Jews similar to those performed at Auschwitz by SS Hauptsturmführer, Josef Mengele
Mengele had most probably died in a swimming accident in Embu, Brazil
, on 07-02-1979.
Hundred’s of Jewish prisoners were poisoned by him with various injections directly into the heart, including petrol, water, phenol and poison, to induce a quicker death. He is reported to have removed organs from prisoners without anesthesia. According to a former camp inmate, an 18-year-old Jewish man came to the clinic with a foot inflammation. He was asked by Heim why he was so fit. He replied that he had been a football player and swimmer. Instead of treating the prisoner’s foot, Heim placed him under anesthesia, cut him open, took apart one kidney, removed the second and castrated him. The man was decapitated and Heim boiled the flesh off the skull for use as a paperweight and display. From February 1942, Heim served in the 6th
SS Mountain Division Nord
in northern Finland, under SS Obergruppenführer, Karl Maria Demelhuber
especially in Oulu’s hospitals as an SS doctor. In May 1945, the division unit’s survivors surrendered to the Americans in Austria. Heim’s service continued until at least October 1942. On 15-03-1945 Heim was captured by US soldiers and sent to a camp for prisoners of war. He was released and worked as a gynecologist at Baden-Baden and Bad Nauheim, until his disappearance in 1962 to Egypt; he had telephoned his home and was told the police were waiting for him. Having been questioned on previous occasions, he surmised the reason, an international warrant for his arrest had been in place since that date and went into hiding. According to his son Rüdiger Heim, he drove
Death and burial ground of Heim, Dr. Aribert Ferdinand.