Reference number: XIII – 44/37 to be added to all submissions.
in the hereditary health matter
concerning August Alzen in Weiselstein, Kreis Altenkirchen, born in said place on [month illegible] 26, 1913, son of the married couple Johann Alzen and Katharina Alzen née [?] in Weiselstein, 39 [?]straße,
represented by his father, Johann Alzen II in Weiselstein, 39 [?]straße, the caregiver [added by hand],
the Hereditary Health Court for the Siegen District Court [Amtsgericht], at the session on May 21, 1937, in which the following participated:
Chief District Court Clerk Vollbach as presider,
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Klein and General Practitioner
Dr. Röper as hereditary health judges
has reached this decision:
At the request of the public health officer in Altenkirchen, the sterilization of the aforementioned August Alzen is ordered. The costs of the legal proceeding are borne by the state treasury.
The public health officer in Altenkirchen has made an application for the sterilization of the aforementioned August Alzen. Objectively, the request had to prevail. According to the enclosed medical evaluations, the person named suffers from hereditary feeblemindedness. The intelligence test taken by August Alzen completely confirms the presence of feeblemindedness. His knowledge acquired at school and overall knowledge of life are very slight. He cannot solve the simplest arithmetic problems. His memory and retentiveness are poor; his powers of judgment and deduction are severely impaired.
He is unable to follow the simplest trains of thought. He cannot form an opinion about the simplest notions. As to his nature, he is mistrustful, hostile, and sedentary. Though he is praised at his place of employment, this does not rule out feeblemindedness. The tasks he has to perform are evidently purely mechanical in nature. The presence of feeblemindedness was accordingly deemed to have been proven. It can also be classified as hereditary. It was already apparent in early boyhood. His low level of ability was already in evidence in his schooldays. Though his father wants to blame the school for his son’s poor intellectual development, it is nonetheless certain that August Alzen, now 24 years old, after leaving school did not manage to further either the knowledge he had acquired at school or his general practical knowledge of life. This inability must be viewed as a manifestation of the mental defect in his genetic [?] intellectual make-up. There is no indication of a later onset of the feeblemindedness. The additional burdens among his blood relations offer proof of the hereditary nature of the affliction.
August Alzen accordingly suffers from a hereditary defect within the meaning of the Law of July 14, 1933. In terms of his age, he is capable of fathering a child. The heritability of such feeblemindedness is significant. With great probability, therefore, it is to be expected that any descendants of his will also suffer from severe mental or physical hereditary defects. His sterilization thus appeared necessary. Hence approval had to be granted to the application that was filed.
The ruling on legal costs is based on §15, subparagraph 1, of the law referred to. S
Signed Vollbach, Dr. Klein, Dr. Röper
[Official stamp of Siegen District Court]
Document issued by:
[Signed], employee of the court
serving as registrar of the Hereditary Health Court
[Written by hand at the bottom of the page]
Mr. August Alzen Weiselstein