The all too common name, "Knauer Case", should not be used according to the findings of medical historian, Udo Benzenhöfer, in 2006.
But because actively assisting death was still punishable under the Third Reich, Catel advised the parents to submit an appropriate request to Hitler via his private chancellery.Petitions from parents of disabled children to the Hitler's Chancellery (KDF) asked for their children to be given "mercy killing" were used as a justifiable excuse and to demonstrate external demand. Alex d linz dating history The Nazi euthanasia killings may be broadly divided into the following phases: The immediate occasion for the beginning of the organized euthanasia of children is considered in the literature to be the so-called case of "Child K".A precise dating of the events surrounding the case of "Child K" is (as at 2008) not possible on the basis of the statements.It is conceivable that the period beginning in 1938 (for carrying out the said killing) until early/mid-1939 (for the start of concrete planning phase) is realistic.
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About this request, in a statement before the investigating judge on 14 November 1960, Hefelmann said the following: "I worked on this request, as it was in my department.Since Hitler's decision was requested, I forwarded it without comment to the Head of Main Office I in the Kd F, Albert Bormann.According to French journalist, Philippe Aziz, in an interview, this child was supposed to have been traced in 1973 to a "Kressler" family in Pomßen. However, Benzenhöfer came to the conclusion, after several days of investigation, that "Child K" was in fact Gerhard Herbert Kretschmar, born on the 20 February 1939 in Pomßen and who died on 25 July 1939.As a simple act of mercy was being requested, I did not deem the involvement of the Reich Interior Minister and the Minister of Justice necessary.