The Man with Miraculous Hands: The Incredible Story of Himmler’s Physician Who Saved Thousands of Lives
By: Joseph Kessel
The incredible story of Felix Kersten who used his influence over Henrich Himmler to save thousands of lives during the Second World War.
Steven Spielberg’s Oscar winning film Schindler’s List turned the hero Oscar Schindler into a household name, telling the story of the man who saved countless thousands from Nazi Germany’s concentration camps. Few, however, have heard of Felix Kersten, the rotund, avuncular, and reluctant Finn who was pulled into the Third Reich’s corridors of power as Heinrich Himmler’s personal physician, seemingly the only person who could cure the chief architect of the Holocaust of his crippling stomach pains.
Kersten’s success with Himmler gave him extraordinary power over the second most important person in the Nazi regime. He was able to ultimately save thousands of lives from the concentration camps and outlive his captor. As Himmler said himself: ‘With every one of his massages, Dr Kersten deprives me of a life.’
The Man With Miraculous Hands tells the story of a mild-mannered modern-day hero who, caught in the midst of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, restores our hope in mankind.