Freisler decision regarding defense counsel

Criminal case against Schmorell and 10 others
6J 24/43 g
1H [illegible]/43

1st Council



1. Communication of the indictment to the accused in accordance with §201 St. PO, with a deadline for response of 2 days. Appendix with regards to petition for continuation of investigative custody.

2. The following have has been ordered to serve as defense counsel in accordance with §140 paragraph 4, St.PO.:

a) Dr. Deisinger, Munich, Nuβbaum Str. 12 [illegible], Bollinger

b) Dr. [illegible], “ , Leopold Str. 56, “ , Huber and Bauer

c) Dr. [illegible], “ , [illegible], “ , Graf and Guter,

d) Dr. Eble, “ , [illegible], “ , Hirzel siblings and Grimminger

e) [Illegible], “ , Ludwig Str. [illegible], “ , Müller and Harnack

/Handwritten: [Illegible]/

3. Each of the defense counsel shall be advised of this disposition as in 1 and 2 above, with attached indictment, instruction sheet, and proof of delivery via registered mail.

4. [Illegible]

5. Indictment to the correspondent.

Berlin, April 12, 1943
The President of the 1st Council of the People’s Court
Signed for
/Signature: [Illegible]/
April 12, 1943


Editor’s note: In German, ” means “ditto” (repeats information from previous line). The first “ditto” referred to Munich. However, since first line was largely illegible due to poor copy quality, unsure what was being duplicated with the second quote mark.

Additionally, b) had to refer to Dr. Deppisch,  c) to Dr. Hugo Diepold, and e) to Dr. August Klein.

No defense counsel named for Alexander Schmorell, because his privately-paid attorney had already been approved. Also, no defense counsel named for Traute Lafrenz, Gisela Schertling, or Katharina Schüddekopf, because they had not been indicted.


Source: NJ1704 (64)

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