(Place) Nuremberg, Germany
(Date) 8 Jan. 1947
I, Patricia A. Radcliffe, of the Evidence Division of the Office of Chief of Counsel for War Crimes, hereby certify that the attached document, consisting of
3 photostated handwritten pages and entitled
No. 751 Statement of Karl Willig
dated 14 September 1945, is the original of a document which was delivered to me in my active capacity, in the usual course of official business, as a true copy of a document found in German archives, records and files captured by military forces under the command of the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces.
To the best of my knowledge, information and belief, the original document is held at:
War Crimes Group
[Signed] Patricia A. Radcliffe
[first part in English]
Statement of Karl Willig
[in block letters] KARL WILLIG
Before me, Captain Luke P. Rogers, being authorized to administer oaths, personally appeared Karl Willig, who being duly sworn through the interpreter, made and subscribed to the following statement:
[translation of German original] When the Poles and Russians came to Hadamar, they were taken into the facility, their papers were immediately taken to the office and handed over to Klein or Merkle. Then I or Ruoff or the [female] nurses used to take them into the small rooms on the ground floor. There they were immediately given injections, because Klein had given instructions that Poles and Russians were not to be kept in the facility. Dr. Wahlmann came and examined the Poles and Russians after they were dead.
Before the Poles and Russians came to Hadamar the first time, Klein called all the male employees together and told us that [“Poles and Russians” crossed out; added above line: changed by KW] foreign workers with tuberculosis were coming there, and that they were to be liquidated. I can’t remember precisely who was present at this meeting, but I know that Ruoff, Blum and I were there. [Words crossed out]
[translation from German]
Once a [illegible] transport of Russians and Poles was brought in trucks from Limburg. As far as I can remember, there were two loads of them on that occasion. Ruoff went with the first load and brought the Poles and Russians to Hadamar. Then I went to Limburg for the second load. When I came back to Hadamar, all the people from the first load were asleep. I remember that Klein, Ruoff, and Blum were in the big room with them. Female nurses were there too. I can definitely recall Bellin and Hackbarth. Ruoff, Blum, and I undressed the Russian and Polish men in the second load. I’m not certain whether Russian or Polish women were in the second load. As far as the men in the second load are concerned, Ruoff gave them injections and I gave them veronal or chlorol to drink. The next morning all the Russians and Poles from the first and second loads were dead.
No one ever threatened me with the concentration camp if I lost my work at Hadamar. I had no other job anywhere else.
[translation from German] I never tried to get myself fired. Once I asked to be transferred to another facility, but the request was denied. I couldn’t ask to be let go, because then I would have lost my pension and probably would have been imprisoned.
[different hand] I have made this statement of my own free will and without duress. I have read and corrected it before signing it. I understand this statement in full and I swear by God that it is the absolute truth.
[signed Karl Willig]
[All below in English] Subscribed and sworn to before me at Wiesbaden, Germany, on this 14th day of September, 1945.
Luke P. Rogers
I, Herbert H. Waller, being first duly sworn, state that I acted as sworn interpreter in this matter and that I truly translated the oath administered by Captain Luke P. Rogers for KARL WILLIG and that he made and subscribed to the foregoing statement.
Herbert H. Waller.
Subscribed and sworn to before me at Wiesbaden, Germany, on this 18th day of September, 1945
Luke P. Rogers