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Verdict announced in Medical Case

The Medical Case was one of twelve war crimes trials held before an American tribunal as part of the Subsequent Nuremberg Proceedings. The trial dealt with doctors and nurses who had participated in the killing of physically and mentally impaired Germans and who had performed medical experiments on people imprisoned in concentration camps. Sixteen of the defendants were found guilty. Of the sixteen, seven were sentenced to death for planning and carrying out experiments on human beings against their will. Here, the court announces sentences for defendants Wilhelm Beigleboeck, Herta Oberhauser, and Fritz Fischer.

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Wilhelm Beigleboeck, Military Tribunal One has found and adjudged you guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity as charged under the indictment heretofore filed against you. For your said crimes, on which you have been and now stand convicted, Military Tribunal One sentences you, Wilhelm Beigleboeck, to imprisonment for a term of fifteen years to be served at such prison or prisons, or other appropriate place of confinement, as shall be determined by a competent authority. The officer of the guard will remove the defendant, Wilhelm Beigleboeck. Herta Oberhauser, Military Tribunal One has found and adjudged you guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity as charged under the indictment heretofore filed against you. For your said crimes, on which you have been and now stand convicted, Military Tribunal One sentences you, Herta Oberhauser, to imprisonment for a term of twenty years to be served at such prison or prisons, or other appropriate place of confinement, as shall be determined by a competent authority. The officer of the guard will remove the defendant, Herta Oberhauser. Fritz Fischer, Military Tribunal One has found and adjudged you guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and membership in an organization declared criminal by the judgment of the International Military Tribunal, as charged under the indictment heretofore filed against you. For your said crimes, on which you have been and now stand convicted, Military Tribunal One sentences you, Fritz Fischer, to imprisonment for the full term and period of your natur...of your natural life, to be served at such prison or prisons, or other appropriate place of confinement, as shall be determined by a competent authority.


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