1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 11, 2021 9:39 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking information on Dr Max Popiersch

    Anna Wedman Newbie

      Hello, I am seeking information on Max Popiersch (born on May 26, 1893 in Pless; died on April 21, 1942 in Lublin), a German SS-Hauptsturmführer and first medical officer in the Auschwitz concentration camp, later in Majdanek, Lublin. The information I am looking for is about his time serving in the Concentration Camp Majdanek, Lublin from October 1, 1941 until the spring of 1942. Many thanks!

        • Re: Seeking information on Dr Max Popiersch
          Rachael Salyer Tracker

          Dear Ms. Wedman,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Records Relating to Membership in the Schutzstaffeln (SS) of the NSDAP (A3343) in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (Record Group 242). Microfilm Publication A3343  contains a subseries of SS Officer Personnel Files (SSO) and a subseries of SS Enlisted Men Personnel FIles (SM) that may contain information about Max Popiersch. The series Records Relating to Membership in the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) (A3340) that contains a subseries of personnel records from the Reich Chamber of Physicians (Reichsärztekammer, RAK).These records are part of the so-called biographic collection from the Berlin Document Center (BDC). The microfilm publications and their associated finding aids and indexes have not been digitized. For access to and information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Next, we located the series Various Schutzstaffel (SS) Records, Einwandererzentralstelle, Waffen-SS, and SS-Oberabschnitte (T354) in Record Group 242. The bulk of the records pertain to SS administrative and personnel matters in the various areas, including Lublin. The guide to these records is available online via NARA’s Microfilm Catalog. After you have searched for and selected T354, you may open the PDF to view publication details (i.e. access the guide). The records themselves have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 with any questions you may have about these records.


          In addition, we identified the series Prisoner of War Direct Quotation Reports, 1944-1944 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that includes information about the Oswiecim (Majdanek) concentration camp in Poland. The series Persons and Places Dossier Files, 1945-1948 in the Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) contains 2 files related to Majdanek, and the series Select Printouts of Digital Intelligence and Investigative Dossiers from Impersonal Files in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) also includes 2 files related to Majdanek. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for assistance with them.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          For World War II German Armed Forces personnel information, you may wish to contact the Bundesarchiv - Abteilung PA, Eichborndamm 179, 13403 Berlin, Germany. The email address is poststelle-pa@bundesarchiv.de.


          Finally, original copies of the records available in the microfilm publications listed above were returned to the Federal Republic of Germany after WWII. We suggest that you contact the Bundesarchiv for any additional assistance.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!