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Karl Astel

Karl Astel

German scientist
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Quick Facts
Intro German scientist
Countries Germany
Occupations Racial theorist Judge Geneticist University teacher Politician
Gender male
Birth 26 February 1898 (Schweinfurt)
Death 3 April 1945 (Jena)
Star sign Pisces
Politics Nazi Party
Education University of Würzburg
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Biography

Karl Astel (26 February 1898 – 3 April 1945) was an Alter Kämpfer, rector of the University of Jena, a racial scientist, and also involved in the Nazi Eugenics program.

He was born on 26 February 1898 in Schweinfurt. After finishing the Gymnasium he fought in World War I in 1917 and 1918. Astel took part at the Kapp Putsch and also the Beer Hall Putsch, as a member of the Freikorps Oberland.

Astel studied medicine in Würzburg and earned his PhD around 1930. He was educated and then approved as a sports teacher in March 1926. Astel was employed by the Technical University Munich as a sports advisor.

He was also involved in the anti-tobacco movement. After Karl Astel became rector of the University of Jena in 1939 he tried to form the ideal SS-university ("SS-Muster-Universität"). Astel and his like-minded comrades like Heinz Brücher, Gerhard Heberer, Victor Julius Franz, Johann von Leers and Lothar Stengel-von Rutkowski considered Ernst Haeckel as their forerunner.

On 3 April 1945, Karl Astel shot himself in a hospital (that was headed by the Rheumatologist Wolfgang Veil).

Timeline

  • 1920s Freikorps member
  • 1923 Involved in the Beer Hall Putsch
  • 1930 Joined the Nazi Party
  • 1930s
    • German Society for Race Hygenie
    • SA Reich Leadership Academy
    • Worked in the RuSHA (Race and Resettlement Office of the SS)
    • Compiled a 'databank' on people to help with 'excluding'
  • 1933 Thuringia Regional Bureau Race Affairs, Weimar
  • 1934 Professor & Director, University Institute for Breeding Theory and Heredity Research in Jena
  • 1936 director Health and Welfare Issues, Thuringia
  • 1934–1937 'in charge' of the Hereditary Health Supreme Court
  • 1939 Rector, University of Jena
  • 1945 Committed suicide in Jena
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http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2010196003
http://isni.org/isni/0000000107768651
http://www.uni-jena.de/unijenamedia/Bilder/presse/journal/04jour01/NS_astel-width-450-height-290.jpeg
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https://viaf.org/viaf/8296795
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q102336
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