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Wilhelm Schubert speaks from the dock at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp war crimes trial in Berlin.

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    Wilhelm Schubert speaks from the dock at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp war crimes trial in Berlin.
    Wilhelm Schubert speaks from the dock at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp war crimes trial in Berlin.

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    Caption
    Wilhelm Schubert speaks from the dock at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp war crimes trial in Berlin.
    Date
    1947 October 23 - 1947 November 01
    Locale
    Berlin, [Berlin] Germany
    Variant Locale
    Berlin-Buckow
    Berlin-Mariendorf
    Berlin-Ploetzensee
    Berlin-Reinickendorf
    Berlin-Tempelhof
    Berlin-Wannsee
    Berlin-Schlachtensee
    Berlin-Duppel
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Central Archive of the Federal Security Service
    Event History
    On October 23, 1947 fifteen former Sachsenhausen concentration camp personnel and one former prisoner were brought to trial before a Soviet Military Tribunal in Berlin. Among the defendants were Anton Kaindl, the former commandant, and Paul Sakowski, a kapo who had served as an executioner. The findings were announced on November 1, 1947 after only a brief trial. All sixteen were found guilty. Fifteen of the defendants were sentenced to life in prison with forced labor and one, to fifteen years in prison with forced labor.

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Central Archive of the Federal Security Service
    Source Record ID: Collections: RG-06.025*26
    Second Record ID: KGB Archives: N-19092, Appendix - - file 2294

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    Biography
    Wilhelm Schubert was born in 1917 in Magdeburg, and volunteered for the Waffen-SS in 1936, joining the SS-Totenkopf Brigade (later the Totenkopf Division). He joined the Nazi Party in 1938 and from May of that year until April 1942 he was a Blockfuehrer in Sachsenhausen. At the end of 1939 he took part in the shooting of thirty-three Poles, and from September to November 1941 he took part in the extermination of Soviet POWs and civilians. He was said to have personally shot five hundred and ten prisoners, as well as brutally mistreated, tortured, and whipped many others. Following his trial by a Soviet Military Tribunal, he was sentenced to life in prison with forced labor.
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