Karl Weinbacher

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Karl Weinbacher
Born 23 June 1898 (1898-06-23)
Stettin
Died 16 May 1946 (1946-05-17) (aged 47)
Hamelin
Occupation German manager and war criminal

Karl Weinbacher (23 June 1898 in Stettin – 16 May 1946 in Hamelin) was a German manager and war criminal.

Life[edit]

Empty Zyklon B poison gas canisters found by the Allies at the end of World War II at Auschwitz

Weinbacher worked at Degesch (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Schädlingsbekämpfung, which translates as German Corporation for Pest Control) until 1924, and then at Tesch & Stabenow (Testa, for short), where he received the position of manager in 1927, and by 1943 was director and deputy executive under owner and chief executive officer Bruno Tesch. Testa manufactured and sold Zyklon B, which was used not only for pest control and disinfestation, but also in the Holocaust in the gas chambers of Auschwitz to murder people. Weinbacher was involved with a percentage of the sales proceeds of Zyklon B.

After the end of World War II, Weinbacher, Tesch and Joachim Drosihn, the firm's first gassing technician, were arrested on 3 September 1945. They were tried by a British military tribunal in the Curiohaus Trial in Hamburg from March 1–8, 1946, also called the Testa trial or the Zyklon B trial. In the cases of Weinbacher and Tesch, the court ruled that it had been proven that both knew the purpose of Zyklon B. Tesch and Weinbacher were convicted and sentenced to death on 8 March 1946, while Drosihn was acquitted. Tesch and Weinbacher were hanged in the prison for war criminals in Hamelin on 16 May 1946.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Angelika Ebbinghaus: Der Prozeß gegen Weinbacher und Stabenow - Von der Schädlingsbekämpfung zum Holocaust. In: 1999 - Zeitschrift für Sozialgeschichte des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts 13 (1998), H. 2, p. 16–71 (pdf)
  • Jürgen Kalthoff / Martin Werner: Die Händler des Zyklon B. - Weinbacher & Stabenow. Eine Firmengeschichte zwischen Hamburg und Auschwitz. Hamburg 1998, ISBN 3-87975-713-5.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ This article incorporates information from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia