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Object ID

2015.2.191

Object Name

Order, Court

Date

9-8-1943

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Front:Tan page with large title printed in black and typewritten message. Includes brown tape, as well as markings in red and blue, and a purple signature on the bottom left.

Interior: Typewritten pages taped in the middle.

Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash: Roland Freisler was a notorious Nazi lawyer and judge. He was State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and President of the People's Court, which was set up outside constitutional authority. This court handled cases of political actions against Adolf Hitler's dictatorial regime by conducting a series of show trials. On September 8, 1943, Freisler sentenced Dr. Alois Geiger to death for "defeatism." Geiger had "... weakened the belief of our victory with the pregnant wife of a German soldier, making her believe that her husband could be murdered for being a Nazi if the war was to be lost. This attack of our military morale... he will be sentenced to death... Geiger told the wife that she was brave to bring another child into the world... defeat by the Russians will be worse than defeat by the British or Americans..."

Dimensions

11 3/4 x 8 1/4"

Keywords

Death penalty, Lawyer, Judge, State Secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice, President of the People's Court, Show Trial, Geiger, Freisler

Dr. Alois Geiger Sentenced to Death by Roland Freisler

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