Wilhelm Beiglböck

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Wilhelm Beiglböck
Wilhelm Beiglboeck KZ-Arzt.jpg
Mug shot of Wilhelm Beiglböck
Born 10 October 1905 (1905-10-10)
Hochneukirchen, Lower Austria
Died November 22, 1963(1963-11-22) (aged 58)
Buxtehude, Germany
Occupation Medical doctor
Criminal penalty 15 years imprisonment, later commuted.
Conviction(s) Crimes against humanity at Dachau concentration camp.

Wilhelm Beiglböck (October 10, 1905 in Hochneukirchen, Lower Austria, Austria – November 22, 1963 in Buxtehude, Lower Saxony, Germany) was an internist and held the title of Consulting Physician to the German Luftwaffe during World War II.

Beiglböck visited Stiftsgymnasium Melk[1] and studied medicine at the university of Vienna. During his studies he there became active in Wiener Burschenschaft Moldavia. First he worked as an assistant at the Medical University Clinic in Vienna for Franz Chvostek junior and afterwards for Hans Eppinger junior.

Since 1933 he was a member of the Nazi Party and since 1934 of SA, promoted till the rank of Obersturmbannführer. In 1939 he made his habilitation and in 1940 he became top doctor under Hans Eppinger. From May 1941 Beiglböck worked as Stabsarzt of the Luftwaffe. In 1944 he became extrabudgetary professor at the Vienna university. During the war he performed medical tests involving seawater on inmates at Dachau concentration camp.

Wilhelm Beiglböck pleading "not guilty" at the Doctors' Trial.

Beiglböck was a defendant in the Nuremberg Doctor's Trial. He was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. His sentence was commuted to 10 years and from 1952 - 1963 he served as the chief physician at the Hospital of Buxtehude.

In the beginning of 1947 the Vinna prosecution initiated proceedings against Beiglböck because of war crimes, mistreatment, and violating human rights. The Vienna proceedings were finished in October 1947.[2]


  1. ^ Wilhelm Beiglböck auf encyclopedie.bseditions.fr
  2. ^ "DöW - Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstandes". de.doew.braintrust.at (in German). Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
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  • François Bayle: Croix gammée contre caducée. Les expériences humaines en Allemagne pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale. Neustadt 1950.