Ludwig Stumpfegger was born in Munich, Bavaria, German Empire on 11 July 1910, and he studied medicine from 1930 onwards. He joined the SS on 2 June 1933 and the Nazi Party on 1 May 1935, and he obtained his doctorate in 1937. During World War II, he took part on medical experiments on men and women from the Ravensbruck concentration camp, and he became an SS Obersturmbannfuhrer in 1943 before becoming Adolf Hitler's personal surgeon on 9 October 1944. He gave a cyanide capsule to Hitler's dog Blondi to test how fast the poison worked, and he also helped with killing the Goebbels children. On 2 May, Stumpfegger and Bormann attempted to escape Berlin in a tank, but their tank was destroyed, and they were knocked off. They proceeded to kill themselves at the Lehrter station's railroad bridge.