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Dr Walter Paul Emil Schreiber (21 March 1893 – 1952?) was a German military officer and brigadier-general (Generalarzt) of the Medical Service of the Wehrmacht.

Schreiber was born in Berlin to Paul Schreiber (a postal inspector) and his wife Gertrud Kettlitz. After completing gymnasium in Berlin, he studied medicine at the universities of Berlin, Tübingen, and Greifswald.

In 1914, he enlisted voluntarily for military service and served with the 42nd Infantry Regiment in France. He was injured at the First Battle of the Marne. After his recovery, he continued with his studies and served as a temporary doctor on the Western Front until the end of the war in 1918.

In 1920, he graduated Dr. med. from the University of Greifswald.

In 1945, he was taken prisoner of war by the Red Army in Berlin and taken to the Soviet Union.

On 26 August 1946 Schreiber gave evidence at the Nuremberg Trials in support of the Soviet Chief Prosecutor, Roman Rudenko.

On 17 October 1948 he fled the Soviet Occupation Zone, where the Soviets intended him to assume the position of Chief Medical Officer in the newly formed East German Police Force, the Volkspolizei.

After presenting himself to the Allied military authorities in West Berlin, who interrogated him, Schreiber was hired to work with the Counter Intelligence Corps. In her book Secret Agenda, Linda Hunt reveals that Schreiber was employed at Camp King, a large POW interrogation center in Oberursel, Germany.[1]

Schreiber was subsequently taken to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip. On 7 October 1951 the New York Times reported that he was working at the Air Force School of Medicine at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.

When journalist Drew Pearson publicized Schreiber's Nuremberg evidence in 1952, which showed he had assigned doctors to experiment on concentration camp prisoners and had made funds available for such experimentation, the negative publicity led the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency to arrange "a visa and a job for Schreiber in Argentina, where his daughter was living." On 22 May 1952 he was flown to Buenos Aires.[2], [3]

In Argentina, he worked at an epidemiological laboratory.

Some accounts suggest he subsequently moved to Paraguay and West Germany, while another claims he died in Italy in 1952.[1]


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