ERNST SCHAFER German Expedition Iron Man Himmler Aryan race

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GERMAN EXPEDITION IN TIBET

1938-1939

ERNST SCHAFER

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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). 

 

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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.

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1-  “The bird collections in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin resulting from Ernst Schäfer’s three expeditions to Tibet and Sikkim”. Zoosystematics and Evolution.

 

GERMAN EXPEDITION IN TIBET 1938 1939

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GERMAN EXPEDITION IN TIBET

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Under SS pennants and a swastika, the expedition members are entertaining some Tibetan dignitaries and the Chinese representative in Lhasa; from the left side: Beger, Chang Wei Pei , Geer;

in the centre: Tsarong Dzasa , Schäfer;

right side: Wienert, Möndro

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PHOTO CREDIT

Bundesarchiv Bild 135-KA-10-072, Tibetexpedition, Empfang für Würdenträger