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Albert Wolff 1919 - 1960

January 08, 2009

**Albert Wolff **1919? - 1960? was the editor of the homeopathic journal Fortschritte der Medizin. _Wolff _was at the forefront of agitation against vaccination in 1930s Germany.

Throughout the 1920s, the Nazi regime was initially interested in natural methods of healing, vigorously promoting ’more Goethe and less Newton’, and the mechanistic view of medicine that was under attack throughout the 1920s:

The “crisis of medicine” was a widely debated issue from the mid 1920s. Physicians from all medical specialities, including surgeons like Erwin Liek and Ernst Ferdinand Sauerbruch, professors of internal medicine like Theodor Brugsch and Wilhelm His, gynaecologists like Bernhard Aschner, and bacteriologists like Hans Much joined in this discussion.

They claimed that a materialist or even mechanistic view of the patient predominated, with consequent loss of a “holistic” perspective integrating the biological with the psychological dimension of the sick person’s suffering…

Throughout the 1920s, the Nazis rode a popular tide of public opinion, which had ruled throughout the 19th Century, culminating in the “crisis of medicine”. Hermann Goring came out in support of the anti vivisectionists, and the Nazis promoted and protected faith healers, and by 1933, over half of all Germans followed natural therapy medicine.

As a result, by 1933, natural therapies were highly organised and extremely numerous, and many Nazi officials were supporting alternative therapies. By 1935, Gerhard Wagner addressed the Association of Nature Physicians in Nuremberg, promising to bridge the gap between academic medicine and organic healing through the organisation of a German Committee for a new German Science of healing.

The Nazis saddled and rode any popular theme in their rise to power, but once in power, they reversed this trend to show their true colours.

Albert Wolff, the editor of a leading journal of homeopathic medicine, wrote an editorial denouncing compulsory vaccination. Wolff was threatened with criminal action and his journal had to publish a statement by Gerhard Wagner, the head of the National Socialist Physicians’ League and Leader of German Medicine, forbidding criticism of the government.

By 1937 the challenge that natural therapists gave to orthodox medicine resulted in Gerhard Wagner taking steps to prevent any amalgamation between orthodox medicine and natural therapies, and the Nazis began to restrict the numbers of such practitioners by enforcing increasingly strict rules.

In 1939, natural healers were regulated into registering bodies, and restricted only to those of ‘pure blood’. Rudolf Ramm dissolved all schools of natural therapies and prevented practitioners from taking students under the Natural Healers Law.

This censorship continued throughout the war.

In 1942,** Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler was attacked for ’Jewish Marxist tendencies and steps were taken to fight occult practices under Robert Ley and Bernhard Hormann’s Office for the Occult, set up to prevent the common people from taking an interest in such things as astrology. **

The driving force for these measures, apart from preventing anything or anybody criticising the Nazi state, was to create a ‘people ready and willing to fight’ as early as 1935.

During World War 1, ozone was used to treat wounds, trench foot, gangrene and the effects of poison gas. Albert Wolff of Berlin also used ozone for colon cancer, cervical cancer and decubitis ulcers in 1915.

Of interest:

Albert Wolff’s son, Albert Wolff, became one of Elliot Ness’s Untouchables.

Julius Wolff 1836 – 1902 In the late 1800s in Germany Julius Wolff noted that the growth response of living bone was along lines of mechanical stress. This is known as ”Wolff’s Law.”


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