Statement of BRIG. GENERAL TELFORD TAYLOR
Testimony of FATHER LEO MIECHALOWSKI
Testimony of VLADISLAVA KAROLEWSKA
TESTIMONY OF FATHER LEO MIECHALOWSKI
[Excerpts from the testimony of Father Leo Miechalowski. Father Miechalowski
was a Polish priest imprisoned by the Germans at Dachau concentration camp
from 1940 to 1945. Nazi doctors at Dachau intentionally infected
Miechalowski with malaria in order to determine the effectiveness of various
anti-malarial compounds. Doctors at the camp also forced him to endure
low temperatures to test the effects of hypothermia on the human body.
This testimony is from National Archives Record Group 238, M887.]
Now, father will you tell the Tribunal what happened to you after your arrest?
When I was arrested I was first kept in prison for two months and from there we were sent
into a cloister and from there still other priests were assembled until about ninety priests had
been assembled altogether, and from there were sent to Strutthof near Danzig into the
concentration camp which was located there. And, from there on the fifth or ninth of February
we were transferred to Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg which is located near Berlin. On the 13th
of December 1940, we were transferred again to Dachau. I was confined in Dachau until the
arrival of the Americans -- until we were liberated -- that was on the 29th of April 1945.
Now, father, were you a political prisoner in Dachau?
Yes. I wore a red insignia which all those who had been arrested for political reasons had to
wear this insignia.
Now, father, did there come a time when you were experimented on the concentration camp
Yes. Malaria experiments and also on one occasion we were engaged in high altitude
Did you say high altitude experiments, Doctor?
No, I said aviation experiments.
And what do you mean by aviation experiments?
Well, I have said it because we were dressed in aviator's uniforms and then we were put into
containers full of water and ice.
Now, father, will you tell the Tribunal just what happened when you were experimented on
with malaria? That is, when it happened and how you happened to be selected?
I was that weak that I fell down on the road because everybody was hungry in the camp. I
wanted to be transferred to another assignment later on where we got some bread to eat
between meals so my health could improve by the additional food. One man arrived and
selected about thirty people for some easy labor. I also wanted to be selected for this
assignment and those who had been selected for this work were led away. We went in the
direction where the work was located and at the very last moment instead of going to the
place of work we were lead to the camp hospital. We did not know what was going to be
done with us there. I thought to myself that perhaps this was going to be some detail for easier
work in the hospital. We were told that we should undress and after we had undressed
ourselves our numbers were taken down and then we asked what was going on and they told
us, smilingly, "this is for air detail." But we were not told what was going to be done with us.
Then the doctor came and told us all to remain and that we were to be x-rayed. Now that our
numbers had already been taken down we were supposed to go to our blocks. I sat for two
days in the block and afterwards I was again called to the hospital and there I was given
malaria in such a manner that there were little cages with infected mosquitoes and I had to put
my hand on one of the little cages and a mosquito stung me and afterwards I was still in the
hospital for five weeks. However, for the time being no symptoms of the disease showed
themselves. Somewhat later, I don't exactly recall, two or three weeks, I had my first malaria
attack. Such attacks recurred frequently and several medicines were given to us for against
malaria. I was given such medicine as neo-salvasan. I was given two injections of quinine. On
one occasion I was given atabrine and the worst was that one time when I had an attack, I
was given so-called perifer. I was given nine injections of that kind, one every hour and that
every second day through the seventh injection. All of a sudden my heart felt like it was going
to be torn out. I became insane. I completely lost my language -- my ability to speak. This
lasted until evening. In the evening a nurse arrived and wanted to give me the eighth injection. I
was then unable [sic] to speak and I told the nurse about all of the complications I had had
and that I did not want to receive the injection. The nurse had already poured out the injection
and said that he would report this to Dr. Schilling. After approximately ten minutes another
nurse arrived and said that he would have to give me the injection after all. Then I said the
same thing again, that I was not going to have the injection. However, he told me that he had
to carry out that order. Then I replied that no matter what order he had, I would not be willing
to commit suicide. Then he went away and returned once again after ten minutes. He told me,
"I know you know what can happen if you don't accept the injection." Then I said in spite of
everything, "I refuse to receive a another injection and that I would tell that to the professor. "I
requested that he himself know that I would not be willing to receive the injection. So that the
nurse would not have any further difficulty after twenty minutes Dr. Ploettner came with four
inmate nurses and he talked to my comrades. "There is going to be a big row here." Then I
said, "If I have resisted for such a long time I will continue to do so." Dr. Ploettner, however,
was very quiet. He only reached for my hand and he check my pulse, then touched my head
and asked me what complications I had had. I told him what I had had after that injection.
And then he told the nurse to give me two tablets in order to remove the headache and the
pains in my kidneys. When I had been given that Dr. Ploettner was about to leave and told the
nurses that they were to give me the rest of the injections. Then I said, "Hauptsturmfuehrer, I
refuse to be given that injection." The physician turned around after I had said that and looked
at me and said, "I am responsible for your life, not you." then when the injection he told the
nurse -- the nurses complied with his order and it was then they gave me this injection. It was
the same one to whom I had previously told that I did not want to have another injection. It
was only strange that after the eighth injection no results happened as they had done
previously so that, in my opinion, I think that the nurse gave me some other injection. On the
morning I was given the ninth injection -- when I woke up in the morning the results were then
as usual. I became sick and I began to feel cold and I had a high fever.
Father, do I understand you to say that you were injected with malaria in the middle of 1942?
It was approximately in the middle of 1942 when I was infected with malaria.
And you were not asked your consent to the malaria experiment?
No. I was not asked for my consent.
And you did not volunteer for this experiment?
No. I was taken in the manner which I have just described.
Did you make any protest?
In 1942 it was very difficult in the camp to lodge any protest. When I protested with this
eighth injection which I was to be given, I clearly realized that it would have the most serious
consequences for me. Later on such things could be risked, but in that year I still think that I
would have been unable to do that, and I don't think it would have been to any avail.
Now how many people were experimented on with you, that is, malaria experiments?
In the hospital when I had my attacks, there were approximately fifty to sixty people; the
And do you know the approximate total number of inmates experimented on with malaria in
Towards the end I heard that approximately one thousand two hundred prisoners were
subjected to these experiments.
Do you know whether or not any of those inmates died as a result of the malaria experiments?
Several have died, but if this was the direct result of malaria, I do not know. I know of one
case when the patient died after having been given Perifere injections. Then I still know
another priest who died, but afterwards -- and prior to his death he was sent to another room.
Was it customary to transfer patients out of the block in which there were conducting the
malaria experiments if it appeared that they might die?
It looked to me as if this patient of whom I have just spoken had been moved for the reason
so it could not be seen that it happened in the case of malaria, but I do not know if people
died as a result of malaria because I am not an expert on the subject.
How many recurrences of malaria fever did you have, Father?
I cannot give you the exact number any more. However, those attacks recurred frequently, I
think about five times, and then I still had treatment in bed for some time, and then there were
several more, and altogether I had ten attacks, one every day. Then I reached a temperature
Do you still suffer any effects from the malaria?
I still have had some after effects, but I do not know if this is only of malaria because I was
also subjected to another experiment.
Well, will you tell the tribunal about this other experiment?
During those malaria attacks on one occasion I was called by Dr. Prachtol and I was
examined by a Polish physician, and Dr. Prachtol told me, "If I have any use for you, I will call
you." However, I did not know what was going to be done with me. Several days later, that
was on the seventh of October, 1942, a prisoner came and told me that I was to report to the
hospital immediately. I thought I was going to be examined once more, and I was taken
through the malaria station to block 5 in Dachau, to the fourth floor of block 5. There -- the
so-called aviation room, the aviation experimental station was located there, and there was a
fence, a wooden fence so that nobody could see what was inside, and I was led there, and
there was a basin with water and ice which floated on the water. There were two tables, and
there were two apparatus on there. Next to them there was a heap of clothing that consisted
of uniforms, and Dr. Prachtol was there, two officers in Air Force uniforms. However, I do
not know their names. Now I was told to undress. I undressed and I was examined. The
physician then remarked that everything was in order. Now wires had been taped to my back,
also in the lower rectum. Afterwards I had to wear my shirt, my drawers, but then afterwards
I had to wear one of the uniforms which were lying there. Then I had also to wear a long pair
of boots with cat's fur and one aviator's combination. And afterwards a tube was put around
my neck and was filled with air. And afterwards the wires which had been connected with me
-- they were connected to the apparatus, and then I was thrown into the water. All of a
sudden I became very cold, and I began to tremble. I immediately turned to those two men
and asked them to pull me out of the water because I would be unable to stand it much longer.
However, they told me laughingly, "Well, this will only last a very short time." I sat in this
water, and I had -- and I was conscious for one hour and a half. I do not know exactly
because I did not have a watch, but that is the approximate time I spent there.
During this time the temperature was lowered very slowly in the beginning
more rapidly. When I was thrown into the water my temperature was lowered very slowly in
the beginning and afterwards more rapidly. When I was thrown into the water my temperature
was 37.6. then the temperature became lower. Then I only had 33 and then as low as 30, but
then I already became somewhat unconscious and every fifteen minutes some blood was
taken from my ear. After having sat in the water for about half an hour, I was offered a
cigarette, which, however, I did not want to smoke. However, one of those men approached
me and gave me the cigarette, and the nurse who stood near the basin continued to put this
cigarette into my mouth and pulled it out again. I managed to smoke about half of this
cigarette. Later on I was given a little glass with Schnaps, and then I was asked how I was
feeling. Somewhat later still I was given one cup of Grog. This Grog was not very hot. It was
rather luke warm. I was freezing very much in this water. Now my feet were becoming as rigid
as iron, and the same thing applied to my hands, and later on my breathing became very short.
I once again began to tremble, and afterwards cold sweat appeared on my forehead. I felt as
if I was just about to die, and then I was still asking them to pull me out because I could not
stand this much longer.
Then Dr. Prachtol came and he had a little bottle, and he gave me a few
drops of some liquid
out of this bottle, and I did not know anything about this liquid. It had a somewhat sweetish
taste. Then I lost my consciousness. I do not know how much longer I remained in the water
because I was unconscious. When I again regained consciousness, it was approximately
between 8 and 8:30 in the evening. I was lying on a stretcher covered with blankets, and
above me there was some kind of an appliance with lamps which were warming me.
In the room there was only Dr. Prachtol and two prisoners. Then Dr. Prachtol
asked me how
I was feeling. Then I replied, "First of all, I feel very exhausted, and furthermore I am also very
hungry." Dr. Prachtol had immediately ordered that I was to be given better food and that I
was also to lie in bed. One prisoner raised me on the stretcher and he took me under his arm
and he led me through the corridor to his room. During this time he spoke to me, and he told
me, "Well you do not know what you have even suffered." And in the room the prisoner gave
me half a bottle of milk, one piece of bread and some potatoes, but that came from his own
rations. Later on he took me to the malaria station, block 3, and there I was put to bed, and
the very same evening a Polish prisoner -- it was a physician; his first name was Dr. Adam,
but I do not remember his other name -- He came on official orders. He told me, "Everything
that has happened to you is a military secret." You are not to discuss it with anybody. If you
fail to do so, you know what the consequences will be for you. You are intelligent enough to
know that." Of course, I fully realized that I had to keep quiet about that.
On one occasion I had discussed these experiments with one of my comrades.
One of the
nurses found out about this and he came to see me and asked me if I was already tired of
living, because I was talking about such matters. But, in the way these experiments were
conducted, I do not need to add anything further to it.
How long was it before you recovered from the effects of those freezing experiments?
It took a long time. I also have had several (pause) I have had a rather weak heart and I have
also had severe headaches, and I also get cramps in my feet very often.
Do you still suffer from the effects of this experiment?
I still have a weak heart. For example, I am unable to walk very quickly now, and I also have
to sweat very much. Exactly, those are the results, but in many cases I have had those
afflictions ever since.
Were you in good physical condition before you were subjected to Malaria and Freezing
Since the time of this starvation I weighed 57 kilograms in Dachau. When I came to the camp
I weighed about one hundred kilo; I lost about one half of my weight. In the beginning, I was
weighed, and I was in bed for about a week. And then my weight went down to forty-seven
How much do you weigh now, father?
I can not tell you exactly but I have not weighed myself lately but I think at this time I weigh
Do you know how you were pre-warmed in these freezing experiments?
I was warmed with these lamps, but I heard later that people were rewarmed by women.
Do you know approximately how many inmates were subjected to the freezing experiments?
I can not tell you anything about this, because it was kept so secret; and because I was in
there quite individually, and I was quite single during this experiment.
Do you know whether anyone died as a result of this experiment?
I can not give you any information about that, either. I have not seen anybody. But it was said
in camp that quite a number of people died there during this experiment.
TESTIMONY OF VLADISLAVA KAROLEWSKA
[Vladislava Karolewska, a former schoolteacher and member of the anti-German resistance in Poland, was arrested in 1941 by the Germans and deported to Ravensbrueck concentration camp near Berlin. At Ravensbrueck, Karolewska was forced to participate in bone regeneration experiments. She testified for the prosecution at the Doctors trial on December 22, 1946. Testimony from National Archives Records 238, M887.]
Now, Witness, were you operated while you were in Ravensbrueck concentration camp?
When did that happen?
On the 22nd July 1942, 75 prisoners from our transport that came from Lublin were called,
summoned to the chief of the camp. We stood before the camp office, and present Kogel,
Mandel and one person which I later recognized Dr. Fischer. We were afterwards sent back
to the block and we were told to wait for further instructions. On the 25th of July, all the
women from the transport of Lublin were summoned by Mendel, who told us that we were
not allowed to work outside of the camp. Also, five women from the transport that came from
Warsaw were summoned with us at the same time. We were not allowed to work outside the
camp. The next day 75 women were summoned again and we had to stand before the hospital
in the camp. Present were Schiedlauski, Oberhauser, Rosenthal, Kogel and the man in when I
recognized afterwards Dr. Fischer.
Now, Witness, do you see Oberhauser in the Defendants' dock here?
The witness ask for permission to go near the dock and to be able to see them.
MR. MC HANEY:
(Witness points to Dr. Oberhauser.)
MR. MC HANEY:
(Witness pointing to Dr. Fischer)
MR. MC HANEY:
I will ask that the record show that the
witness properly identified the
Defendants Oberhauser and Fischer.
The record will show that the witness correctly identified the Defendants Oberhauser and
I think at this time the Tribunal will take a recess for fifteen minutes. . . .
The Tribunal is now in session.
Witness, you have told the Tribunal that in July 1942, some seventy-five Polish girls, who
were in the transport from Lublin, were called before the camp doctor in Ravensbrueck?
Now, were any of these girls selected for an operation?
On this day we did not know why we were called before the camp doctors and on the same
day ten of twenty-five girls were taken to the hospital but we did not know why. Four of them
came back and six stayed in the hospital. On the same day six of them came back to the block
after having received some injection but we don't know what kind of injection. We did not
know what kind of injection. On the 1st of August those six girls were called again to the
hospital; these girls who received injections, they were kept in the hospital but we could not
get in touch with them to hear from them why they were put in the hospital. A few days later,
one of my comrades succeeded to get close to the hospital and learned from one of the
prisoners that they were in bed and their legs were in casts. On the 14th of August, the same
year, I was called to the hospital and my name was written on a piece of paper. I did not
know why. Besides me, eight other girls were called to the hospital. We were called at a time
when usually executions took place and I was going to be executed because before some girls
were shot down. In the hospital we were put to bed and the hospital room in which we stayed
was locked. We were not told what we were to do in the hospital and when one of my
comrades put the question she got no answer but she was answered by an ironical smile. Then
a German nurse arrived and gave me an injection in my leg. After this injection I vomitted and
I was put on a hospital cot and they brought me to the operating room. There, Dr. Schidlauski
and Rosenthal gave me the second intravenous injection in my arm. A while before, I noticed
Dr. Fischer who went out of the operating room and had operating gloves on. Then I lost my
consciousness and when I revived I noticed that I was in a regular hospital room. I recovered
my consciousness for a while and I felt severe pain in my leg. Then I lost my consciousness
again. I regained my consciousness in the morning and then I noticed that my leg was in a cast
from the ankle up to the knee and I felt a very strong pain in this leg and the high temperature.
I noticed also that my leg was swollen from the toes up to the groin. The pain was increasing
and the temperature, too, and the next day I noticed that some liquid was flowing from my leg.
The third day I was put on a hospital cart and taken to the dressing room. Then I saw Dr.
Fischer again. He had an operating gown and rubber gloves on his hands. A blanket was put
over my eyes and I did not know what was done with my leg but I felt great pain and I had the
impression that something must have been cut out of my leg. Those present were: Schildauski,
Rosenthal, and Oberhauser. After the changing of the dressing I was put again in the regular
hospital room. Three days later I was again taken to the dressing room, and the dressing was
changed by Dr. Fischer with the assistance of the same doctor, and I was blindfolded, too. I
was then sent back to the regular hospital room. The next dressings were made by the camp
doctors. Two weeks later we were all taken again to the operating room and put on the
operating tables. The bandage was removed, and that was the first time I saw my leg. The
incision went so deep that I could see the bone. We were told then there was a doctor from
Hohenlychen, Doctor Gebhardt, would come and examine us. We were waiting for his arrival
for three hours lying on our tables. When he came a sheet was put over our eyes, but they
removed the sheet and I saw him for a short moment. Then, we were taken again to our
regular rooms. On the eight of September I was sent back to the block. I could not walk. The
puss was draining from my leg; the leg was swollen up and I could not walk. In the block, I
stayed in bed for one week; then I was called to the hospital again. I could not walk and I was
carried by my comrades. In the hospital I met some of my comrades who were there for the
operation. This time I was sure I was going to be executed because I saw an ambulance
standing before the office which was used by the Germans to transport people intended for
execution. Then, we were taken to the dressing room where Doctor Oberhauser and Doctor
Schidlauski examined our legs. We were put to bed again, and on the same day, in the
afternoon, I was taken to the operating room and the second operation was performed on my
leg. I was put to sleep in the same way as before, having received an injection. And, this time I
saw again Doctor Fischer. I woke up in the regular hospital room and I felt a stronger pain
and higher temperature.
The symptoms were the same. The leg was swollen and the puss flowed from
my leg. After
this operation, the dressings were changed by Dr. Fischer every three days. More than ten
days afterwards we were taken again to the operating room, put on the table; and we were
told that Dr. Gebhardt was going to come to examine our legs. We waited for a long time.
Then he arrived and examined our legs while we were blindfolded. This time other people
arrived with Dr. Gebhardt; but I don't know their names; and I don't remember their faces.
Then we were carried on hospital cots back to our rooms. After this operation I felt still
worse; and I could not move. While I was in the hospital, cruelty from Dr. Oberhauser was
performed on me.
When I was in my room I made the remark to fellow prisoners that we were
operated on in
very bad conditions and left here in this room and that we were not given even the possibility
to recover. This remark must have been heard by a German nurse who was sitting in the
corridor because the door of our room leading to the corridor was opened. The German nurse
entered the room and told us to get up and dress. We answered that we could not follow her
order because we had great pains in our legs and we couldn't walk. Then the German nurse
came with Dr. Oberhauser into our room. Dr. Oberhauser told us to dress and come to the
dressing room. We put on our dresses; and, being unable to walk, we had to hop on one leg
going into the operating room. After one hop, we had to rest. Dr. Oberhauser did not allow
anybody to help us. When we arrived at the operating room, quite exhausted, Dr. Oberhauser
appeared and told us to go back because the change of dressing would not take place that
day. I could not walk, but somebody, a prisoner whose name I don't remember, helped me to
come back to the room.
Witness, you have told the Tribunal that you were operated on the second time on the 16th of
September, 1942? Is that right?
Yes, I did.
When did you leave the hospital after this second operation?
After the second operation I left the hospital on the 6th of Oct.
Was your leg healed at that time?
My leg was swollen up; caused me great pain; and the pus drained from my leg.
Were you able to work?
I was unable to work; and I had to stay in bed because I could not walk.
Do you remember when you got out of bed and were able to walk?
I stayed in bed several weeks; and then I got up and tried to walk.
How long was it until your leg was healed?
The pus was flowing from my leg till June, 1943; and at that time my wound was healed.
Were you operated on again?
Yes, I was operated on again in the Bunker.
In the Bunker? That is not in the hospital?
Not in the hospital but in the Bunker.
Will you explain to the Tribunal how that happened?
May I ask permission to tell something which happened in March, 1943, March or February
At the end of February 1943, Dr. Oberhauser called us and said, "Those girls are new
guinea-pigs"; and we were very well known under this name in the camp. Then we understood
that we were persons intended for experiments and we decided to protest against the
performance of those operations on healthy people.
We drew up a protest in writing and we went to the camp commander. Not
only those girls
who had been operated on before but other girls who were called to the hospital came to the
office. The operated on girls used crutches and they went without any help.
I would like to tell the contents of the petition made by us. We, the undersigned,
political prisoners, ask Herr Commander whether he knew that since the year 1942 in the
camp hospital experimental operations have taken place under the name of guinea-pig (das
sind Meerschweine), as explaining the meaning of those operations. We ask whether we were
operated on as a result of sentences passed on us because, as far as we know, the
international law forbids the performance of operations even on political prisoners.
We did not get any answer; and we were not allowed to talk to the commander.
On the 15th
of August, 1943, a police woman came and read off the names of the ten new prisoners. She
told us to follow her to the hospital. We refused to go to the hospital, as we thought that we
were intended for a new operation. The police woman told us that we were going probably to
be sent to a factory for work outside the camp. We wanted to make sure whether the
Arbeitsamt was open because it was Sunday. The police woman told us that we had to go to
the hospital and be examined by a doctor before we went to the factory. We refused to go
then because we were sure that we will be kept in the hospital and operated on again. All
prisoners in the camp were told to stay in the blocks. All of the women who lived in the same
block where I was were told to leave the block and stand in line before the Block ten at a
time. Then overseer Binz appeared and called out ten names and among them was my name.
We went out of the line and stood before the ninth block in line. Then Binz said: "Why do you
stand so in line as if you were to be executed?" We told her that the operations were worse
for us than executions and that we would prefer to be executed rather than to be operated on
again. Binz told us that she might give us work, there was no question of our being operated
on but we were going to be sent for work outside the Camp. We told her that we must know
that prisoners belonging to our group are not allowed to leave the camp and go outside the
camp. Then she told us to follow her into her office, that she would show us a paper proving
that we are going to be sent for work to the factory outside the camp. We followed her and
we stood before her office. She entered her office for awhile and then went to the canteen
where the Camp Commander was. She had a conference with him probably asking him what
to do with us. We stood before the office a half an hour. In the meantime one fellow-prisoner
who used to work in the canteen walked by us. She told us that Binz asked for help from SS
men to take us by force to the hospital. We stood for awhile and then Binz came out of the
canteen accompanied by the Camp Commander. We stood for awhile near the camp gate.
We were afraid that SS men would come to take us so we ran away and mixed with other
people standing before the block. Then Binz and the camp police appeared. They drove us
out from the lines by force. She told us that she put us into the bunker as punishment; that we
did not follow her orders. In each cell were put five prisoners although one cell was intended
only for one person. The cells were quite dark; without lights. We stayed in the bunker the
whole night long and the next day. We slept on the floor because there was only one couch in
the cell. The next day we were given a breakfast consisting of black coffee and a piece of
dark bread. Then we were locked again in this dark room. We were only troubled by people
walking in the corridor of the bunker. The answer was given us the same day in the afternoon.
The watch-woman from the bunker unlocked our cell and got me out of the cell. I thought that
I was then to be interrogated or beaten. They took me and they went down the corridor. She
opened one door and behind the door stood SS man Dr. Trommel. He told me to follow him
upstairs. Following Dr. Trommel I noticed there were other cells, and those cells were with
bed clothing. He put me in one of the cells. Then he asked me whether I would agree to a
small operation. I told him that I did not agree to it because I had undergone already two
operations. He told me that this was going to be a very small operation and that it will not
harm me. I told him that I was a political prisoner and that the operation cannot be performed
on political prisoners without their consent. He told me to lie down on the bed; I refused to so.
He repeated it twice. Then he want out of the cell and I followed him. He went quickly
downstairs and locked the door. Standing before the cell I noticed a cell on the opposite side
of the Staircase, and I also noticed some men in operating gowns. There was also one
German nurse ready to give an injection. Near the staircase stood a stretcher. That made it
clear to me that I was going to be operated on again in the bunker. I decided to defend myself
to the last moment. In a moment Trommel came with two SS men. One of these SS men told
me to enter the cell. I refused to do it, so he forced me into the cell and threw me on the bed.
Dr. Trommel took me by the left wrist and pulled my arm back. With his
other hand he tried
to gag me, putting a piece of rag into my mouth, because I shouted. The second SS man took
my right hand and stretched it. Two other SS men held me by my feet. Immobilized, I felt that
somebody was giving me an injection. I defended myself for a long time, but then I grew
weaker. The injection had its effect; I felt sleepy. I heard Trommel saying, "Das ist fertig", that
I regained consciousness again, but I don't know when. Then I noticed that
a German nurse
was taking off my dress, I then lost consciousness again; I regained it in the morning. Then I
noticed that both my legs were in iron splints and were bandaged from the toes to groin. I felt
a strong pain in my feet, and a temperature.
In the afternoon of the same day a German nurse came and gave me an injection,
in spite of
my protests; she gave this injection on my thigh and told me that she had to do it. Four days
after this operation a doctor from Hohenlychen arrived, again gave me an injection to put me
to sleep, and as I protested he told me that he would change the dressing, I felt a higher
temperature and stronger pain in my legs.
Now witness, when was it that you were removed from the bunker after this operation?
Ten days after the operation performed in the bunker I was taken -- in the night time -- to the
Well, that must have been around the latter part of August, is that right; August 1943?
Yes it was.
Now, was another operation performed on you in September 1943?
About the 15th of September 1943 I was again taken to the operating room and a further
operation was performed on my left leg.
Now, in the operation in the bunker they operated on both legs, is that right?
Yes in the bunker I was operated in both legs.
In the bunker operation, were your legs dirty the next morning after you woke up; that is,
following the operation?
When I woke up after the operation that I underwent in the bunker, I noticed that my feet
were dirty, covered with mud, that they had not been wasked before the operation.
Who performed this operation around the 15th of September 1943 in the camp hospital, do
The doctor from Hohenlychen arrived. I was taken to the operating room, I was given an
injection, and an operation was performed on my left leg.
Do you know the name of the man who performed the operation?
A German nurse told me that this was a doctor from Hohenlychen, assistant to the Chief
doctor, whose name was Hartmenn--Dr. Hartmann. However, I don't know whether he
actually performed the operation.
Did the nurse tell you that Hartmenn was assistant to Dr. Gebhardt?
She told me only that this was a doctor, an assistant, from Hohenlychen.
All right. Now, after this operation on your left leg the middle of September 1943, did they,
several weeks later, operated on your right leg?
Two weeks later a second operation was performed on my left leg although pus was draining
from my former wound, and a piece of shin bone was removed.
Now, witness, I'm a little bit confused. I thought you said that on 15 September 1943 they
operated on your left leg. I asked you if two weeks later they performed an operation on your
On 15 September 1943 my right leg was operated on, in spite of the wounds, and two weeks
later my left leg was operated on.
Now, do you say, witness, that they removed a piece of shin bone from you legs in these
Yes, I do.
Now, how long were you in the hospital after these operations in September 1943?
I stayed in the hospital six months. I was in bed. I could not stretch my legs. I could not move
them. I could not walk either.
When were you removed from the hospital?
At the end of February, 1944.
Were you able to walk then?
I tried to walk at that time but couldn't walk.
What sort of work did you do then?
When I arrived at the block I stayed in bed for a time and then I used to work knitting
Have you received any treatment to either of your legs since you were liberated from
Do you still suffer any effects from those operations?
I'm week, I have no strength to work and my legs get swollen up very easily.
Witness, I am having handed to you two pictures. These are Documents Nos. 108 1A and
108 1B. Are these pictures taken of you here in Nurnberg?
Yes, they were.
I submit these pictures as Prosecution Exhibit 211. Now, witness, will you please remove the
shoes and stockings from both of your legs. Now, will you step out from behind the witness
box and let the Court see the scars on your legs.
Now turn around once, please. Just turn around slowly. Thank you. Sit down now.
Were you ever asked to consent to any of these operations which you underwent
How many times did you see Gebhardt?
I will ask you to step down and walk over to the defendant's dock and see whether or not you
find the man Gebhardt in the dock.
(The witness complied and pointed to the Defendant Gebhardt)
Thank you. Sit down.
I will ask that the record show that the witness properly identified the defendant Gebhardt.
The record will show that the witness identified the defendant Gebhardt in the dock.
MR. MC HANEY:
I have no further questions at this time.