Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Kerstens in:
 • Länna KyrkogÃ¥rd
 • Strängnäs
 • Strängnäs kommun
 • Södermanlands län
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Felix Kersten
Birth: Sep. 30, 1898
Tartu, Estonia
Death: Apr., 1960

Perhaps one of the most unsung heroes of World War II. Felix Kersten was a physical therapist in The Hague, Netherlands who ministered to many European notables during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1939 he treated Heinrich Himmler head of the German SS. This relationship lasted until the end of the war. Working with Himmler in those years, Mr Kersten was instrumental in saving the lives of millions of Dutch & Flemish citizens from forced detention and re-settlement. His finest hour came when he convinced Himmler to disobey Hitler's order to kill 60,000 Jewish prisoners as the Allied forces were about to overtake the concentration camps they were held in. After the war he was lauded for his humanitarian efforts but because of his liaison with Himmler his exploits remained the subject of conjecture. His personal memoirs were published in 1957 and the "The Devils Doctor" published in 2002 details his efforts in the face of great personal danger to hasten the defeat of Hitler's Reich thereby savings thousands, perhaps millions of innocent civilians. Dr. Kersten's story is truly an inspiring story of one man's humanity over the depraved brutality of history's worst criminals. In the spring of 1960 while traveling to France to be awarded the French Legion of Honor from Charles DeGaulle, he died suddenly of a heart attack. 
 
Burial:
Länna Kyrkogård
Strängnäs
Strängnäs kommun
Södermanlands län, Sweden
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jim Tipton
Record added: Apr 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6376855
Felix Kersten
Added by: Lucy Caldarelli
 
Felix Kersten
Added by: Birgit Jacobsson
 
Felix Kersten
Added by: Birgit Jacobsson
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS DURING WORLD WAR II TO SAVE JEWISH LIVES. GOD BLESS YOU.
- S.P.
 Added: Jun. 7, 2014

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Apr. 19, 2014
Thank you for your dedication to Humanity, Felix. Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Feb. 1, 2014
There are 30 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 18 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service