Justiz und NS-Verbrechen
Nazi Crimes on Trial

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Case Nr.537
Crime Category: NS-Crimes in Deatinment Centers, Mass Extermination Crimes in Camps, War Crimes
Accused:
Wessel, Heinrich Otto 7 Years
Court:
LG Verden 620606
Country where the crime was committed: Germany
Crime Location: HS KL Sachsenhausen
Crime Date: 4206-4504
Victims: Prisoners, Foreign Laborers, Prisoners of War, Jews
Nationality: British, German, French, Luxemburg, Polish, Soviet, unknown
Agency: Detainment Center Staff KL Sachsenhausen
Subject of the proceeding: Participation in hangings at the roll-call grounds and in shootings in the concentration camp's factory courtyard, of prisoners and foreign laborers, who were transferred to the concentration camp in order to be killed there, on orders of the Reich Security Main Office. Cooperation in the killing of a woman, whose eye was required for a medical experiment. Participation in shootings, among them, of 27 members of the 'leather commando', and of 82 prisoners in the night of January 31 - February 1, 1945, within the contect of the alarm phase 'Scharnhorst', which involved the killing of prisoners identified by name, at the time of the evacuation of the camp. During the course of this evacuation: participation in the killing of at least 2000 ill or exhausted Sachsenhausen prisoners, as well as of at least 150 prisoners from the annex camp Lieberose. Cooperation with experiments on prisoners with poisoned ammunition, potassium cyanide, and so on

Published in Justiz und NS-Verbrechen Vol. XVIII

 

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