Stumpfegger, Dr. Ludwig, born 11-07-1910 in Munich, studied medicine from 1930 forward. Stumpfegger joined the SS, with the number 83,668, on 02-06-1933 and the NSDAP with the number 3,616,119. on 01-05-1935. He initially worked as an assistant doctor under SS Obergruppenführer, Professor Dr. Karl Gebhardt
in the Sanatorium Hohenlychen,
which specialized in sports accidents. As a result of this experience, he was part of the medical team, along with Gebhardt, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and the Winter Olympics of the same year in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In August 1937 Stumpfegger obtained his doctor’s degree. In 1939, the “Hohenlychen” was used by the SS as part of the war effort. Working under the supervision of Gebhardt, Dr. Fritz Fischer, he died age 91 in 2003 and Dr. Herta Oberheuser, she performed some of the most gruesome and painful medical experiments, focusing on deliberately inflicting wounds on the subjects. In order to simulate the combat wounds of German soldiers fighting in the war, Herta Oberheuser rubbed foreign objects, such as wood, rusty nails, slivers of glass, dirt, or sawdust into the wounds. She died age 66 on 24-01-1978 in Linz am Rhine.
Stumpfegger participated in medical experiments, the subjects of which were women from the concentration camp at Ravensbrück. On 01-11-1939, transferred to the surgical department of the SS hospital in Berlin. He was transferred back to the “Hohenlychen” as adjutant to Gebhardt in March 1940. On 20-04-1943, he was promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer. Upon Heinrichs Heinrich “Reichsheini” Himmler´s recommendation was transferred to “Wolfsschanze” Führer headquarters as resident doctor on 09-10-1944. In 1945, Stumpfegger started working directly for Adolf Hitler in the Führerbunker in Berlin under the direction of Dr. Theodor Morell . Morell died age 61 on 26-05-1948 of a stroke in Rottach Eggern, but there is no grave. At Hitler’s request, he provided a cyanide capsule for Blondi, the German Shepherd dog which was a gift from Martin Bormann, to see how quickly and effectively it worked.
As the Red Army advanced towards the bunker complex, some sources report that he helped Magda Goebbels to kill her six children. The children were seated around a table in his work area as their mother combed their hair and kissed them, all wearing nightgowns as it was close to their bedtime. Heide, the youngest, had scrambled up onto the table. Helga, whom Oberscharführer Rochus Misch
bodyguard and telephone operator, called the brightest of the children, was “crying softly” just before bedtime on that final night and wore a glum expression. Misch felt Helga had little fondness for her mother. Magda had to push Helga towards the stairs that led up to the Vorbunker. Four-year-old Heide, who had tonsilitis and wore a scarf around her neck, turned back to look at Misch, giggling, and teasingly said, “Misch, Misch, du bist ein Fisch,” or “Misch, Misch, you are a fish”, just before her mother led her and her siblings upstairs. Misch recalled later that he suspected what was about to happen and would always regret not intervening. The children’s bodies, in nightclothes, with ribbons tied in the girls’ hair, were found in the two-tiered bunk beds where they were killed, when Soviet troops entered the bunker a day later. A Soviet autopsy on Helga’s body noted “several black and blue bruises”, indicating that she probably woke up and struggled with her killer. A photograph taken during the autopsy showed heavy bruising on the dead child’s face. The injuries were apparently caused when her killer forced a cyanide capsule into her mouth. Rochus Misch, the last bunker survivor, died very old age 96 on 05-09-2013 in Berlin.
After the killing they left the bunker to the garden and Magda and her husband Joseph Goebbels committed suicide. On 30-04-1945, just before committing suicide, Hitler signed the order to allow a breakout. On 1 May in the evening,
Death and burial ground of Stumpfegger, Dr. Ludwig.
and Hitler Youth leader Arthur Axmann. They were one of ten groups attempting to break out of the Soviet encirclement. At the Weidendammer Bridge a Tiger tank spearheaded the first attempt to storm across the bridge but it was destroyed. Bormann and Dr. Stumpfegger were “knocked over” when the tank was hit. There followed two more attempts; on the third attempt, made around 1:00 am, Stumpfegger and his group from the Reich Chancellery managed to cross the Spree. Leaving the rest of their group, Bormann, Stumpfegger, and Axmann walked along railroad tracks to Lehrter station where Axmann decided to go alone in the opposite direction of his two companions. When he encountered a Red Army patrol, Axmann doubled back and later insisted he had seen the bodies of Bormann and Stumpfegger near the railroad switching yard with moonlight clearly illuminating their faces
He did not check the bodies, so he did not know what killed them. Their remains were uncovered in 07-12-1972, when construction workers uncovered human remains, pointed out by the man who buried the two bodies on 08-05-1945, Albert Krummnow, a post office official, see position 2 on the photo below, position 1 was the suspected spot which was a mistake as Krumnow could tell. The identity papers discovered on one of the bodies identified it as Stumpfegger. The dental work and a healed broken collar bone was strong evidence that the second body was Bormann 1972, and identified by dental records. Any lingering doubt was removed when Bormann’s and Stumpfegger’s identity was confirmed by extracting DNA in 1999. Fragments of glass found in the two men’s jawbones led to the conclusion that they committed suicide via cyanide capsules on 02-05-1945
. The remains of Stumpfegger, age 34, are buried in the grave with his wife Gertrud, died age 88 in 2003, on the Nordfriedhof in Munich. Close to the grave of Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler’s personal photographer and his daughter Henriette “Henny” von Schirach Hoffmann and Baldur von Schirach, Dr. Gustav von Kahr President of the Bavarian court in 1923 during the Putz and some further Hitler’s former adjutant SS Standartenführer, Max Wünsche, Major, Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven, Hitler’s driver and founder of the SS, SS Oberführer, Emil Maurice, Hitler’s secretaresse, Traudl Junge Humps and Hans, the General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Hongaria, Kuno Fütterer and Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Commander of the POW in Wehrkreis IV, Erich von Botzheim and the Dutch Nazi entertainer, Johan Heesters..
Cemetery and grave location of Stumpfegger, Dr. Ludwig.