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GERMAN EXPEDITION IN TIBET
Schäfer was part of three expeditions to Tibet in 1931, in 1934–1935, and in 1938–1939.
The first two expeditions were organized and led by the American Brooke Dolan II.
The third expedition was led by himself under the patronage of Heinrich Himmler , the SS .
During these expeditions he collected 3300 bird specimens (1).
Photo credit of University of Stuttgart
Ernst Schafer discovered an ancient Buddhist statue in Tibet in 1938 called the “Iron Man” http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-19735959.
Himmler was said to believe the Aryan race originated in Tibet and would as such have been eager to recover artefacts from the area.
1- “The bird collections in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin resulting from Ernst Schäfer’s three expeditions to Tibet and Sikkim”. Zoosystematics and Evolution.