November 4, 1939
Main Office for National Welfare
Dept. of the National Socialist Nurses' Federation
Attention: Superior General B ö t t c h e r
B e r l i n W. 62
Dr. E./[initials illegible]
Re.: Replacement of Senior Nurse Anna Hölzer.
Reference: Telephone conversation on November 3, 1939, with Nurse Melanie.
With reference to my telephone conversation yesterday with Senior Nurse Melanie concerning the replacement of Senior Nurse Anna Hölzer, I venture to request that the replacement be brought about by November 15, 1939, if at all possible, and specifically for the following reasons:
1.) She gave detailed information about the personal circumstances of a mother, particularly the child's father, to Mrs. Linhardt of the German Women's Welfare Organization on the occasion of her visit to the Hohehorst Home, although she [Hölzer] knew that the case in question was to be kept strictly private.
By so doing, Nurse Anna proved once again that she is absolutely unsuited for Lebensborn e.V.
2.) On October 27 and 28, 1939, Mrs. Grete gave birth to her fourth child. The midwife oversaw the delivery, while the senior nurse [Anna Hölzer] took charge of the after-birth phase. During the development of the placenta, the amniotic membranes tore, and for this reason Nurse Anna inserted her bare hand into the vagina to grasp the remnants of the membranes. She did not wash her hands in advance, nor did she put on a rubber glove or use an instrument, although very shortly before, when a mammary gland abscess was being opened,
she had provided assistance.
The present midwife, Mrs. Kurz, submitted this report in the office here and is prepared to swear to the truth of her statements at any time.
3.) The midwife listed 7 cases in which fever recently appeared postpartum.
The senior nurse did not relieve the midwife of her postpartum-care duties, although, as a professional, she must have known that a midwife who takes care of women with fever is not permitted to keep participating in the delivery process.
The midwife traces these feverish conditions back to this fact, and also to the inadequate sterilization of the rubber gloves etc.
Because a woman died of postpartum sepsis in the Hohehorst Home two months ago, I can no longer take responsibility for these conditions.
Professionally as well, Nurse Anna Hölzer appears to lack the skills as a midwife that she is required to have in an institution.
I therefore request expedited replacement.
The Managing Chairman of Lebensborn e.V.