Wilhelm Beiglböck

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Wilhelm Beiglböck
Wilhelm Beiglboeck KZ-Arzt.jpg
Mug shot of Wilhelm Beiglböck
Born10 October 1905 (1905-10-10)
DiedNovember 22, 1963(1963-11-22) (aged 58)
Buxtehude, Germany
Occupation medical doctor
Conviction(s) crimes against humanity at Dachau concentration camp.
Criminal penalty15 years imprisonment, later commuted.

Wilhelm Franz Josef Beiglböck (October 10, 1905, in Hochneukirchen  [ de ] (Hochneukirchen-Gschaidt), Lower Austria, Imp.&R. 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.

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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.

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Wilhelm Beiglbock pleading "not guilty" at the Doctors' Trial. Wilhelm Beiglboeck.jpg
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 Vienna prosecution initiated proceedings against Beiglböck because of war crimes, mistreatment, and violating human rights. The Vienna proceedings were finished in October 1947. [2]

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  1. Wilhelm Beiglböck auf encyclopedie.bseditions.fr
  2. "DöW - Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstandes". de.doew.braintrust.at (in German). Retrieved 2015-01-02.