Schristian Wirth Biography

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BiographyChristian Wirth was born on 24 November 1885 in Oberbalzheim, Baden-Württemberg, part of the German Empire. During the First World War, he served as a non-commissioned officer in the Heer on the Western front, distinguished himself in battle, and was highly decorated. Wirth was one of the original members of the Nazi Party, joining for the first time in 1923, before it was outlawed briefly in Germany following the unsuccessful Hitler Beer Hall Putsch.[3][4] He again joined the Nazi Party as an "old fighter" on 1 January 1931 (#420,383).[5] He joined the Sturmabteilung (SA) on 30 June 1933.[1][3] On 10 August 1939, Wirth would transfer from the SA to the SS with the rank of Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant) (SS #354,464).[4]…show more content…
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Subordinate to him were the burners, disinfectors and drivers. He also supervised the transportation of the mentally ill and of the corpses. One day in the winter of 1941 Wirth arranged a transport [of euthanasia personnel] to Poland. I was picked together with about eight or ten other men and transferred to Belzec.... I don't remember the names of the others. Upon our arrival in Belzec, we met Friedel Schwarz [sic] and the other SS men, whose names I cannot remember. They supervised the construction of barracks that would serve as a gas chamber. Wirth told us that in Belzec "all the Jews will be struck down." For this purpose barracks were built as gas chambers. I installed shower heads in the gas chambers. The nozzles were not connected to any water pipes; they would serve as camouflage for the gas chamber. For the Jews who were gassed it would seem as if they were being taken to baths and for disinfection.[10]

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