DDR-Justiz und NS-Verbrechen
Nazi Crimes on Trial

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Case Nr.1079
Crime Category: War Crimes, NS-Crimes in Detainment Centers
Schäfer, Wilhelm Death sentence
Ob.Gericht der DDR 610520 Az.: 1Zst(I)1/61
Country where the crime was committed: GDR, Estonia
Crime Location: KL Lichtenburg, KL Buchenwald, unknown (Dorpat area), unknown (Reval area)
Crime Date: 33-43, 43-45
Victims: Prisoners, Jews, Prisoners of War, Members of the Resistance, Civilians
Nationality: Soviet, German, unknown
Agency: KL Lichtenburg, KL Buchenwald, 20.SS-Grenadierdivision
Subject of the proceeding: Mishandling of prisoners in KL Lichtenburg (1935-1937) and in KL Buchenwald (1937-1943), in part with fatal results. Participation in the slaying of a civilian who had called out to prisoners from a work column marching back to KL Lichtenburg: 'Head high! There will come a better time for you!' Participation in the shooting of prisoners in KL Buchenwald, among them 700-1000 Soviet POW's in the execution facility ('Genickschussanlage'). Participation in so-called anti-partisan warfare in Estonia (1943-1945): Seizure and mishandling of persons suspected of partisan activities as well as of inhabitants of burned-down villages, who were subsequently shot by execution squads

Published in DDR-Justiz und NS-Verbrechen vol. III


The court decision(s) of this case can be found in the printed volumes of the series or (on-line) here.