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Helmut Kunz
September 26, 1910 – 1976
Helmut Kunz
Place of birth Ettlingen, Germany
Place of death Freudenstadt, Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen SS
Years of service 1936 - 1945
Rank Sturmbannführer (major)
Unit Dental (medical) office
Battles/wars World War II

Helmut Kunz (born Ettlingen, Germany, September 26, 1910, died Freudenstadt 1976 age 66) was an SS (Schutzstaffel) dentist who, after the suicide of Adolf Hitler, was ordered to kill the six children of Joseph Goebbels.


Early years

Kunz first studied law, then dentistry. He wrote his doctoral thesis on "studies of dental caries among school children as related to their feeding in infancy." In 1936 he opened a dental practice in Lucka, south of Leipzig. He also joined the SS, unit Sturm 10/48.

SS career

In 1939, Kunz was a member of the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf. In 1941 he was seriously injured and assigned to the Waffen SS medical office in Berlin. In April 1945 he was assigned to the Reich Chancellery.

Killing the Goebbels Children

Magda Goebbels was Kunz's first patient in the Chancellery. She had developed an abscess under a bridge in her lower jaw. In April 1945, Magda took Kunz aside to ask his help in killing her children. Kunz at first refused, telling Magda that he had lost his two young daughters in an American air raid on Lucka. But Magda insisted that her request to kill her children was a direct order from Hitler. On 1 May 1945, according to Kunz, he injected the Goebbels children with morphine.

Later life

The Russians took Kunz prisoner and he spent ten years in Russian captivity, then returned to Münster. In 1955, a former SS sergeant and prisoner of war, Harri Mengershausen, implicated Kunz in the children's deaths.

In his testimony, Kunz said that he injected the children with morphine but it was Magda Goebbels, (Joseph Goebbels' wife and the mother of the children), who slipped the children cyanide pills.[1]

This contradicts the written and verbal testimony of Oberscharführer Rochus Misch, a member of Hitler's Führerbegleitkommando bodyguard and head of communications in the Führerbunker. Misch states that it was actually Hitler's surgeon Dr. Ludwig Stumpfegger who mixed a sweetened narcotic drink to put the Goebbels children into a deep sleep before Magda Goebbels placed cyanide capsules into their mouths.[2]

The German courts refused to convict Kunz, and he remained in dental practice, highly regarded until his death. He died in Freudenstadt in 1976. He is buried in the Städtischer Friedhof (municipal cemetery), division R, double grave 10/11.


Rochus Misch interview with the BBC


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