Heinz Lord

Surgeon, Disaster survivor

1917 –

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Who is Heinz Lord?

Heinz Lord was a German-American surgeon. A survivor of Nazi concentration camp, Lord was elected Secretary-General of the World Medical Association shortly before his death in 1961.

Lord, a Peruvian citizen of Swiss and German descent, was born in Germany, grew up in Hamburg and studied in Zurich, Berlin and Hamburg, receiving his first degree at the University of Hamburg in 1942. He was involved in the Swing Kids subculture, persecuted by Nazi authorities. For his poorly disguised anti-Nazi sentiments and for his contacts with a British Secret Service agent, Lord was arrested in 1943 and interned at Neuengamme concentration camp, a "correctional" institution set up according to Robert Ritter' theory of race hygiene. In April 1945, as the Allies invaded Hamburg, Dr. Lord and thousands of other prisoners were herded by the Nazis onto several cruise ships, sailed a few miles off the coast of Hamburg into a British-declared free fire zone, and were abandoned by their German guards. RAF bombers sank all the vessels. Lord was apparently on one of the smaller ships. According to cited 1961 articles in Canadian Medical Association Journal etc., "he was one of 28 survivors out of 800 inmates of the ship". He and the other few survivors leaped overboard before the bombers struck, and swam several miles to shore. Thousands of others were either killed by the bombing or drowned.

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Mar 21, 1917
  • University of Hamburg

on July 23, 2013


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