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(From Affidavit SS-65 by SS Judge Georg Konrad Morgen, IMT Vol. 42, p. 556)

   Einzelakte krimineller Art - unter Umstaenden mit Massenwirkungen 
   - waren angemasste Exekutionsrechte durch Kommandanten und 
   nachgeordnete Stellen unter Faelschung der aerztlichen 
   Totenscheine.  Willkuer, Schikane, ungesetzliche Zuechtigungen, 
   Rohheitsdelikte und Sadismus, Beseitigung laestiger Mitwisser.  
   Diebstahl und Schiebungen.  Alle diese Delikte begangen sowohl 
   allein von Haeftlingen wie SS Angehoerigen, meist jedoch in engem 
   Zusammenwirken von SS Angehoerigen mit Capos und umgekehrt. 

   4.   Der Eingriff der SS Gerichtsbarkeit in die KZ erfolgte mit 
   Beginn meiner Untersuchungen Juli 43 und dauerte bis Kriegsende.  
   Er konnte nicht frueher erfolgen, weil kein Verdacht in dieser 
   Richtung bestand. 

   Verhaftet wurden die Kommandanten von Buchenwald, Lublin, 
   Warschau, Herzogenbosch, Krakau-Plaszow.  Erschossen die 
   Kommandanten Buchenwald und Lublin.  Mehrere hundert Faelle 
   gelangten zur Aburteilung.  Schwere und schwerste Strafe wurden 
   gegen Angehoerige aller Dienstgrade verhaengt. 


[Mike Stein's translation, with thanks to Ulrich Roessler for suggestions.] 

   Individual acts of a criminal nature - under the circumstances 
   with wide effects - were the assumption of a license to kill by 
   commandants and subordinate positions covered up through 
   falsification of medical death certificates.  Arbitrary conduct, 
   chicanery, unlawful corporal punishments, acts of brutality and 
   sadism, liquidation of no-longer-convenient accomplices, thievery 
   and black-market profiteering. All these offenses were committed 
   both alone by prisoners as well as SS members, most however in 
   close partnership by SS members with Capos and vice versa. 

   4.   The intervention of SS jurisdiction in the KZ was brought on 
   with the beginning of my investigations in July 43 and lasted 
   until the end of the war.  It could not have started earlier, 
   because there was no suspicion along these lines. 

   Arrested were the commandants of Buchenwald, Lublin, Warschau, 
   Herzogenbosch, Krakau-Plaszow.  The commandants of Buchenwald and 
   Lublin were shot.  More than a hundred cases were brought to a 
   verdict.  Serious and maximum punishments were imposed on members 
   of all ranks. [...] 

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