Clemency petition for Katharina Schüddekopf
/Handwritten: 6. Gns. 37/43/
/Stamp: Reich Prosecutor [illegible]/
To the Chief Prosecuting Attorney of the People’s Court.
My daughter Käte Schüddekopf, musicology student born on February 8, 1916 in Magdeburg, was sentenced to one year in prison [during the trial] on April 19, 1943 in Munich. This was for failure to report an anti-National Socialist leaflet.
The actual motives for her guilt are unknown to me. But I am fully convinced that my daughter never would have consciously acted in an illegal manner. [Illegible sentence.]
I therefore request a conditional commutation of her sentence.
[The remainder of the document is completely illegible. Very faint.]
Editor’s note: Katharina Schüddekopf’s mother was also named Katharina (nee Ohlmeier). Additionally, the Gestapo had already determined that Mrs. Schüddekopf had strong anti-Nazi leanings.
Date of May 24, 1943 comes from the reply to Mrs. Schüddekopf dated June 2, which references her letter.
Source: Schertling/Schüddekopf (144)