Year: 1953 Source: Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science, v.43, no.6, (March-April 1953), p.735-755 SIEC No: 20061025

This paper analyses one of the non-Nuremberg war crimes trials in Germany, specifically that which arose from the deaths of more than 400 people in the Hadamar Sanitorium. These individuals were put to death, allegedly suffering from incurable tuberculosis, under the Euthanasia Order passed in 1940 in Germany. The 7 defendants claimed a plea of necessity, saying they were forced to paticipate in the euthanasia action by orders from superiors & by general conditions in the Third Reich. This defence was rejected. (104 notes)