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The Auschwitz Trials:
First Auschwitz Trial

(November - December 1947)


Auschwitz Trials: Table of Contents | Rudolf Höss | Second Trial (1965)


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This trial for crimes committed at Auschwitz - held in Krakow, Poland from November 24 to December 22, 1947 - convicted fourty-one former staff of the concentration camp with crimes related to the atrocities committed there. Twenty-three of the defendants were sentenced to death, including Arthur Liebhenschel, ex-commandant, and Dr Maria Mandel, head of the women's camp. Those sentenced to death were hanged on January 28, 1948, except for two whose sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. The remainder were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment and one, Hans Munch, was aquitted and released.

Arthur Liebhenschel: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
SS Dr Maria Mandel: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Hans Aumeier: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Maximilian Grabner: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
August Bogusch: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Kurt Müller: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Richard Schröder: 10 Years Imprisonment
Wilhelm Gehring: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Erich Mühsfeldt: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Hildegard Lachert: 15 Years Imprisonment
Johannes Weber: 15 Years Imprisonment
Arthur Breitwieser: The Death Sentence (Commutted to Life Imprisonment)
Detlef Nebbe: Life Imprisonment
Heinrich Josten: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Erich Dinges: 5 Years Imprisonment
Anton Lechner: Life Imprisonment
Therese Brandl: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Ludwig Plagge: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Hans Hofmann: 15 Years Imprisonment
SS Dr Johann Kremer: The Death Sentence (Commutted to Life Imprisonment)
Josef Kollmer: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Hermann Kirschner: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Paul Gotze: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Alice Orlowski: 15 Years Imprisonment
Otto Latsch: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Fritz Buntrock: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
SS Dr Hans Munch: Acquitted & Released
Alexander Bulow: 15 Years Imprisonment
Franz Kraus: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Paul Szczurek: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Hans Koch: Life Imprisonment
Luise Danz: Life Imprisonment
Franz Romeikat: 15 Years Imprisonment
Karl Jeschke: 3 Years Imprisonment
Adolf Medefind: Life Imprisonment
Karl Mockel: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Herbert Ludwig: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Karl Seufert: Life Imprisonment
Hans Schumacher: The Death Sentence (Executed on the 28th January 1948)
Eduard Lorenz: 15 Years Imprisonment
Oswald Kaduk: 25 Years Imprisonment


Sources: The National Archives ; Skalman

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