Bruno Rothardt

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Bruno Rothardt
SS-Brigadeführer Dr. med. Bruno Rothardt.jpg
SS-Brigadeführer Dr. med. Rothardt
Birth name Bruno Karl Hermann Czerwinski
Birth date 21 August 1891(1891-08-21)
Place of birth Danzig, West Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Death date 28 April 1980 (aged 88)
Place of death Niefern-Öschelbronn, Republic of Austria
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
National Socialist Germany National Socialist Germany
Service/branch Iron Cross of the Luftstreitkräfte.png Imperial German Army
SA-Logo.png Sturmabteilung
Luftwaffe eagle.jpg Luftwaffe
Flag Schutzstaffel.png SS
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Assistentarzt der Reserve
Stabsarzt der Reserve
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Iron Cross
War Merit Cross
Relations ∞ 31 July 1920 Ella Hedwig Wille

Bruno Karl Hermann Czerwinski, since 2 June 1936 Rothardt (21 August 1891 – 28 April 1980), was a German physician and military doctor (Sanitätsoffizier) as well as SA and SS officer in World War II.

Military career (chronology)

Bruno Czerwinski (later Rothardt) in c. 1916
III. Course at the SS Medical School in Berlin in 1938, including Bruno Rothardt
  • Spring 1910 Abitur
  • 1910 to 1913 Medical studies
  • 2 August 1914 Volunteer with the Grenadier-Regiment „König Friedrich I.“ (4. Ostpreußisches) Nr. 5 in Danzig
    • War service with the Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 227 (Western Front), with the Reserve-Infanterie-Regiment 232 and the Reserve-Lazarett II in the Landhausschule (elementary school) in Heidelberg (Landhausstraße)
  • 1917 Received his doctorate with his dissertation Beziehungen des Hohlfusses zur statischen Mechanik (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
  • August 1918 to 24 February 1919 Prisoner of war
  • 1 Januar 1931 Joined NSDAP (NSDAP-Nr.: 430.880) and SA
    • November 1931 Gau storm doctor
  • 1 July 1932 Group doctor (Gruppenarzt) of the SA Group Pomerania
  • August 1933 to 1 November 1935 Head of the Pomerania State Office in Stettin of the KVD and Chairman of the Admissions Committee of the Pomerania State Office of the German Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVD)
    • Amtsleiter der Landesstelle Pommern in Stettin der KVD und Vorsitzender des Zulassungsausschusses der Landesstelle Pommern der Kassenärztlichen Vereinigung Deutschlands (KVD)
  • December 1935 Supplemental officer of the Luftwaffe
  • 31 March to 30 June 1936 At the same time at the disposal (z. V.) of the SA-Gruppe Berlin-Brandenburg
  • 1 August 1936 joined Allgemeine SS (SS-Nr.: 276.754) as SS-Sturmbannführer
    • Head of the Main Department (Hauptabteilung) "Care and Provision" (Fürsorge und Versorgung) with the Staff of the SS-VT
  • 14 December 1938 to 10 October 1939 Head of the medical department of the SS-VT and IVb (head doctor) of the SS-VT
  • 31 January 1940 IVb of the SS-Verfügungsdivision as successor of Prof. Dr. med. Karl Franz Gebhardt
  • 1 April 1940 to 15 February 1941 IVb of the SS-Totenkopf-Division
  • Head of the medical department/SS-FHA
  • 1 April 1942 to 19 January 1943 Inspection doctor of the department "Reichsarzt SS und Polizei" (Reich Physician SS and Police) under Prof. Dr. med. Ernst Robert Grawitz
  • IVb of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg (Divisionsarzt)
  • 12/15 August 1943 to 1 March 1944 IVb of the IV. SS-Panzerkorps
    • 15 October 1943 to 1 March 1944 subordinated to the Amtsgruppe D (SS Main Economic and Administrative Office) of the SS-FHA
  • IVb (Korpsarzt) of the short-lived VII. SS-Panzerkorps, then again of the IV. SS-Panzerkorps
    • The VII SS Panzer Corps was an armoured corps of the Waffen-SS under Matthias Kleinheisterkamp which never took part in hostilities. On 30 June 1944, the corps was merged into the IV SS Panzer Corps. Korps-Feldlazarett 506 (SS-Korps-Truppen) along with SS-Brigadeführer (promoted on 20 April 1945) Dr. med. Gerhard Karehnke (1895–1981) and SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. med. Ernst Schäfer.
  • 14 November 1944 Meeting with Oberfeldarzt Dr. Crodel, the chief physician (Chefarzt) of the field hospital Feldlazarett (mot.) 2/582 in Schröttersburg (East Prussia)
  • March/April 1945 SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. med. Ludwig Ehrsam (1910–1947) became IVb of the IV SS Panzer Corps
    • It is unclear, where Dr. Rothardt served now. May be he was wounded or taken from the front. It is alo not known, if he became a POW.


  • 1914 War Volunteer and Feldunterarzt der Reserve (Reserve Junior Field Surgeon)
    • Officer candidate with physics certificate, equivalent to deputy officer; doctors obligated with Landsturm duty (Landsturmpflichtige Ärzte)
  • 19 June 1916 Feldhilfsarzt der Reserve (Reserve Senior Field Surgeon)
    • With full medical license, equivalent to sergeant lieutenant (officer rank without an officer's patent)
  • 23 April 1917 Assistenzarzt der Reserve (Reserve Assistant Doctor)
    • Commission with rank as 2nd Lieutenant


  • 1 January 1931 SA-Mann
  • 10 November 1931 SA-Gausturmarzt
  • 15 December 1932 SA-Gruppenarzt
  • May 1933 SA-Sanitäts-Gruppenführer
    • His rank of SA-Gruppenarzt was re-designated SA-Sanitäts-Gruppenführer in 1933


  • December 1935 Military medical officer (E) of the Luftwaffe
  • 30 April 1936 Stabsarzt der Reserve (Reserve Staff Surgeon)
    • with military rank as Reserve Captain


Awards and decorations


  1. Thierry Tixier: Allgemeine SS – Polizei – Waffen SS, Volume 2, 2016