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Professor Investigated on His Role in ‘mercy Killing’ of Nazi Victims

A new investigation of the Nazi career of Professor Werner Catel, suspected of participation in the “mercy killing” under the Nazi regime of 56 children in the Hamburg-Rothenburgsort hospital, has been opened, the Kiel Prosecution Office disclosed today.

Investigations against Prof. Catel, a doctor, and 17 other physicians were closed in Hamburg in 1949 after the examining magistrate found that the killing of the children could not be prosecuted because the doctors had been “unaware of doing wrong.”

Dr. Catel resigned under fire at the start of this year as head of the pediatric department of the Kiel University Clinic. His resignation followed new charges made against him by Dr. Rudolf Degwitz of New York.