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                  MILITARY GOVERNMENT COURT
                        CHARGE SHEET

                                             Dachau, Germany
                                             2 November 1945

NAMES OF THE ACCUSED:

     Martin Gottfried Weiss
     Michael Redwitz
     Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert                     Wilhelm
     Welter
     Josef Jarolin
     Rudolf Heinrich Suttrop
     Franz Xaver Trenkle
     Wilhelm Tempel
     Engelbert Valentin Niedermeyer            Hugo Alfred
     Erwin Lausterer
     Josef Seuss
     Fritz M.K. Becher
     Leonhard Anselm Eichberger                Alfred Kramer
     Wilhelm Wagner
     Sylvester Filleboeck
     Johann Kick
     Vinzenz Schoettl
     Dr. Fritz Hintermayer                             Albin
     Gretsch
     Dr. Wilhelm Witteler
     Johann Viktor Kirsch
     Johann Baptist Eichelsdorfer                 Hans
     Aumeier
     Otto Foerschner                                    Emil
     Erwin Mahl
     Dr. Hans Kurt Eisele                             Walter
     Adolf Lengleist
     Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling                         Johann
     Schoepp
     Christof Ludwig Knoll                            Arno
     Lippmann
     Dr. Kridolin Karl Puhl                            Hans
     Bayer
     Franz Boettger
     Fritz Degelow
     Peter Betz
     Otto Moll
     Anton Endres                                       Otto
     Schulz
     Simon Kiern
     Friedrich Wetzel

are hereby charged with the following offenses:

FIRST CHARGE: Violation of the Laws and Usages of War.

Particulars: In that Martin Gottfried Weiss, Friedrich
Wilhelm Ruppert, Josef Jarolin, Franz Xaver Trenkle,
Engelbert Valentin Niedermeyer, Josef Seuss, Leonhard Anself
Eichberger, Wilhelm Wagner, Johann Kick, Dr. Frizt
Hintermayer, Dr. Wilhelm Witteler, Johann Baptist
Eichelsdorfer, Otto Foerschner, Dr. Hans Kurt Eisele, Dr.
Klaus Karl Schilling, Christof Ludwig Knoll, Dr. Fridolin
Karl Puhr, Franz Boettger, Peter Betz, Anton Endres, Simon
Kiern, Michael Redwitz, Wilhelm Welter, Rudolf Heinrich
Suttrop, Wilhelm Tempel, Hugo Alfred Erwin Lausterer, Fritz
M.K. Becher, Alfred Kramer, Sylvester Filleboeck, Vinzenz
Schoettl, Albin Gretsch, Johann Viktor Kirsch, Hans Aumeier,
Emil Erwin Mahl, Walter Adolf Langleist, Johann Schoepp,
Arno Lippmann, Hans Bayer, Fritz Degelow, Otto Moll, Otto
Schulz and Friedrich Wetzel, acting in pursuance of a common
design to commit the acts hereinafter alleged, and as
members of the staff of Dachau Concentration

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Camp and camps subsidiary thereto, did, at, or in the
vicinity of Dachau and Landsberg, Germany, between about 1
January 1942 and about 29 April 1945, willfully,
deliberately and wrongfully encourage, aid, abet and
participate in the subjection of civilian nationals of
nations then at war with the then German Reich to cruelties
and mistreatment, including killings, beatings, tortures,
starvation, abuses and indignities, the exact names and
numbers of such civilian nationals being unknown but
aggregating many thousands who were then and there in the
custody of the German Reich in exercise of belligerent
control.

SECOND CHARGE: Violation of the Laws and Usages of War.

Particulars: In that Martin Gottfried Weiss, Friedrich
Wilhelm Ruppert, Josef Jarolin, Franz Xaver Trenkle,
Engelbert Valentin Niedermeyer, Josef Seuss, Leonhard Anself
Eichberger, Wilhelm Wagner, Johann Kick, Dr. Frizt
Hintermayer, Dr. Wilhelm Witteler, Johann Baptist
Eichelsdorfer, Otto Foerschner, Dr. Hans Kurt Eisele, Dr.
Klaus Karl Schilling, Christof Ludwig Knoll, Dr. Fridolin
Karl Puhr, Franz Boettger, Peter Betz, Anton Endres, Simon
Kiern, Michael Redwitz, Wilhelm Welter, Rudolf Heinrich
Suttrop, Wilhelm Tempel, Hugo Alfred Erwin Lausterer, Fritz
M.K. Becher, Alfred Kramer, Sylvester Filleboeck, Vinzenz
Schoettl, Albin Gretsch, Johann Viktor Kirsch, Hans Aumeier,
Emil Erwin Mahl, Walter Adolf Langleist, Johann Schoepp,
Arno Lippmann, Hans Bayer, Fritz Degelow, Otto Moll, Otto
Schulz and Friedrich Wetzel, acting in pursuance of a common
design to commit the acts hereinafter alleged, and as
members of the staff of Dachau Concentration Camp, did, at
or in the vicinity of Dachau, Germany, between about 1
January 1942 and about 29 April 1945, willfully,
deliberately and wrongfully  encourage, aid, abet and
participate in the subjection of members of the armed forces
then at war with the then German Reich, who were then and
there surrendered and unarmed prisoners of war in the
custody of the then German Reich, to cruelties and
mistreatment, including killings, beatings, tortures,
starvation, abuses and indignities, the exact names and
numbers of such prisoners of war being unknown but
aggregating many hundreds.

OFFICER PREFERRING CHARGES:

                                David Chavez, Jr., Col, JAGD
                                   Army of the United States

The above charges are referred for trial to The General
Military Court, appointed by Par. 3, Special Order Number
304, Headquarters Third United States Army and Eastern
Military Dis-

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trict, dated 2 November 1945, to be held at Dachau, Germany,
on or about 15 November 1945.

By Command of Lieutenant General TRUSCOTT:
                                               A.J. Fischer,
                                                 Capt., Inf.
                                       Actg. Asst. Adj. Gen.

I certify that on 2 November 1945 the foregoing charges and
particulars were read aloud in English and in German to:
Martin Gottfried Weiss, Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert, Josef
Jarolin, Franz Xaver Trenkle, Engelbert Valentin
Niedermeyer, Josef Seuss, Leonhard Anself Eichberger,
Wilhelm Wagner, Dr. Frizt Hintermayer, Johann Baptist
Eichelsdorfer, Otto Foerschner, Dr. Hans Kurt Eisele, Dr.
Klaus Karl Schilling, Christof Ludwig Knoll, Dr. Fridolin
Karl Puhr, Franz Boettger, Peter Betz, Anton Endres, Simon
Kiern, Michael Redwitz, Wilhelm Welter, Rudolf Heinrich
Suttrop, Hugo Alfred Erwin Lausterer, Fritz M.K. Becher,
Alfred Kramer, Sylvester Filleboeck, Vinzenz Schoettl, Albin
Gretsch, Johann Viktor Kirsch, Hans Aumeier, Walter Adolf
Langleist, Johann Schoepp, Hans Bayer, Otto Schulz and
Friedrich Wetzel, and that a copy of the foregoing charges
and particulars were delivered to each of the above named
accused on 4 November 1945.

I further certify that on 4 November 1945 the foregoing
charges were read aloud in English and in German to: Johann
Kick, Wilhelm Tempel, Emil Erwin Mahl, Arno Lippmann, Fritz
Degelow, Otto Moll and Dr. Wilhelm Witteler, and that a copy
of the foregoing charges and particulars were delivered to
each of the persons named in this paragraph on the same
date.

                                           William D. Denson
                                          Lt. Col., J.A.G.D.
                                        Trial Judge Advocate

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                                             Dachau, Germany
                                            12 December 1945

                          FINDINGS

President: It is the desire of this court to announce the
findings, and, later on, the sentences, in open court. The
court desires to caution the audience that it will tolerate
no expressions of approval or disapproval. Will the accused
and counsel rise? The court, in closed session, at least two-
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was taken
concurring in each finding of guilty, finds Martin Gottfired
Weiss, Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert, Josef

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jarolin, Franz Xaver Tenkle, Engelbert Valentin Niedermeyer,
Josef Seuss, Leonhard Anselm Eichberger, Wilhelm Wagner,
Johann Kick, Doctor Fritz Hintermayer, Doctor Wilhelm
Witteler, Johan Baptist Eichelsdorger, Otto Foerschner,
Doctor Hans Kurt Eisele, Doctor Klaus Karl Schilling,
Christof Ludwig Knoll, Doctor Fridolin Karl Puhr, Franz
Boettger, Peter Betz, Anton Endres, Simon Kiern, Michael
Redwitz, Wilhelm Welter, Rudolf Heinrich Suttrop, Wilhelm
Tempel, Hugo Alfred Erwin Lausterer, Fritz M.K. Becher,
Alfred Kramer, Sylvester Filleboeck, Vinzenz Schoettl, Albin
Gretsch, Johann Viktor Kirsch, Emil Erwin Mahl, Walter Adolf
Langleist, Johann Schoepp, Arno Lippmann, Fritz Degelow,
Otto Moll, Otto Schulz, Friedrich Wetzel, of all particulars
and charges, guilty.

                                             Dachau, Germany
                                            13 December 1945

                          SENTENCES

President: It is the desire of this court to announce the
sentences in open court. We will do that only if the
audience demonstates ability to maintain complete silence,
no exclamations of approval or disapproval.

This court desires to make certain comments before
announcing sentences. The evidence presented to this court
convinced it beyond a doubt that the Dachau Concentration
Camp subjected its inmates to killings, beatings, tortures,
indignations and starvation to an extent and to a degree
that necessitates an indictment of everyone, high and low,
who had anything to do with conducting and operating the
camp. This court reiterates that although appointed by a
conquering nation as a military government court in a
conquered land it sits in judgment under international law
and under such laws of humanity and customs of human
behavior that is recognized commonly by civilized people.
Many of the acts committed at Camp Dachau had clearly the
sanction of the high officials of the then government of the
German Reich and of the de facto laws and customs of the
then German government itself. It is the view of this court
that when a sovereign state sets itself up above reasonably
recognized and constituted international law or is willing
to transcend readily recognizable civilized customs of human
and decent treatment of persons, the individuals effecting
such policies of their state must be held responsible for
their part in the violation of international law and the
customs and laws of humanity.

The accused and the counsel will stand. The accused will
present themselves individually in the order in which they
are numbered before the bench.

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Martin Gottfied Weiss, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Friedrich Wilhelm Ruppert, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at
such time and place as higher authority may direct.

Josef Jarolin, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Franz Xaver Trenkle, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Engelbert Valentin Niedermeyer, the court in closed session,
at least two thirds of the members present at the time the
vote was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by
hanging at such time and place as higher authority may
direct.

Josef Seuss, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Leonhard Anselm Eichberger, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at
such time and place as higher authority may direct.

Wilhelm Wagner, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Johann Kick, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Dr. Fritz Hintermayer, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Dr. Wilhelm Witteler, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

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Johann Baptist Eichelsdorfer, the court in closed session,
at least two thirds of the members present at the time the
vote was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by
hanging at such time and place as higher authority may
direct.

Otto Foerschner, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Dr. Hans Kurt Eisele, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at
such time and place as higher authority may direct.

Christof Ludwig Knoff, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Dr. Fridolin Karl Puhr, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at
such time and place as higher authority may direct.

Franz Boettger, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Peter Betz, the court in closed session, at least two thirds
of the members present at the time the vote was taken,
concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such time
and place as higher authority may direct.

Anton Endres, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Simon Kiern, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Michael Redwitz, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

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Wilhelm Welter, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Rudolf Heinrich Suttrop, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at
such time and place as higher authority may direct.

Wilhelm Tempel, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Hugo Alfred Erwin Lausterer, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to be imprisoned for a
term of ten years commencing 13 December 1945 at such place
as may be designated by competent military authority.

Fritz M.K. Becher, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Alfred Kramer, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Sylvester Filleboeck, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Vinzenz Schoettl, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Albin Gretsch, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to be imprisoned for a term
of ten years commencing 13 December 1945 at such place as
may be designated by competent military authority.

Johann Viktor Kirsch, the court in closed session, at least
two thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Emil Erwin Mahl, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concur-

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ring, sentences you to death by hanging at such time and
place as higher authority may direct.

Walter Adolf Langleist, the court in closed session, at
least two thirds of the members present at the time the vote
was taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at
such time and place as higher authority may direct.

Johann Schoepp, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to be imprisoned for a term
of ten years commencing 13 December 1945 at such place as
may be designated by competent military authority.

Arno Lippmann, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Fritz Degelow, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Otto Moll, the court in closed session, at least two thirds
of the members present at the time the vote was taken,
concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such time
and place as higher authority may direct.

Otto Schultz, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

Friedrich Wetzel, the court in closed session, at least two
thirds of the members present at the time the vote was
taken, concurring, sentences you to death by hanging at such
time and place as higher authority may direct.

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                                             Dachau, Germany
                                            15 December 1945

I, Brigadier General John M. Lentz, President of the General
Military Court appointed by paragraph 3, Special Orders No.
304, Headquarters Third U.S. Army and Eastern Military
District, dated 2 November 1945, do hereby certify that the
foregoing documents attached hereto and in this order: (1)
Extract of orders appointing court, (2) Charge Sheet with
certificate of service, (3) Findings of the court on the
Charges, and (4)

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Sentence of the court, are true and correct copies of the
original documents used in the trial of the Dachau
Concentration Camp case.