Nazi Physician Given Increased Fine for Torturing Victims

Berlin’s and Germany’s last Denazification Court of Appeals increased from $8,200 to $12,000 a fine imposed upon Dr. Karl Genzke, former chief of the SS Medical Corps, whom an American military tribunal less than then years ago sentenced to penal servitude for life for cruel pseudo scientific tests to which he subjected concentration camp inmates.

A small town physician, Genzken joined the Nazi Party as early as 1926 and eventually rose to the rank of a lieutenant general in the SS. He was found guilty in 1947 of barbarous spotted fever experiments on helpless human guinea pigs, but in 1954 received a parole. At his Denazification Court trial last year, he was given an $8,200 fine and barred from participating in elections, holding public office or drawing a government pension.

In Bonn, two SS concentration camp guards notorious for their brutality have been indicted, almost a year after they were returned to Germany by the Soviet Union. “Iron Gustav” Sorge and “Revolver Bill” Schubert, the former an SS lieutenant and the latter an SS sergeant, were among the most sadistic torturers and killers in the Oranienburg, Esterwege, Sachsenhausen and Riga concentration camps. It is expected that witnesses can be found for hundreds of murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault charges.

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