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13 December 1946

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"A pre-trial affidavit of the accused Schilling executed in his own handwriting on 30 October 1945 before 2nd Lieutenant Werner Conn was admitted into evidence. This statement reads in pertinent part and in translation as follows:

"My name is Professor Dr. Klaus Schilling. I have already worked on tropical diseases for 45 years. I came to the experimental station in Dachau in February 1942. I judge that I innoculated between 900 and 1,000 prisoners. These were mostly innoculated for protection. These people, however, were not volunteers. The inmates whom I gave protective innoculations were not examined by me but by the present camp doctor. Before the innoculation there was usually an observation of several days. The last camp doctor was Dr. Hintermair. As well as I can remember, in three years there were 49 patients who died outside the malaria station. The patients were always released by me as cured only after one year.

"As remedy I used quinine, atabrine, and neo-salvarsan. I know for sure of six cases where I used pyramidon tablets to hold down the fever".

W turn now to Section V of the Review of Trial, which is "Evidence for the Defense", paragraph 15, in reference to Dr. Kurt Klaus Schilling:

"The accused Doctor Schilling elected to testify and made the following unsworn statement: He was 74 years old, married, had one son, and was a physician. He had specialized in tropical diseases, particularly malaria, since 1898. Dr. Schilling studied under Professor Koch of Berlin, and graduated from Munich as a physician in 1894. He did research work in Africa on malaria, sleeping sickness, and tsetse fly diseases. Dr. Schilling worked for the Rockefeller Foundation in Berlin, receiving a grant in 1911 for the study of various diseases and for a trip to Rome. In 1941, in Italy, Dr. Schilling met Dr. Conti, the Reich physician leader, who invited him to see Himmler. Schilling went to Himmler who gave him the order for him to continue his studies at Dachau. Schilling had selected Dachau because it was near his birthplace. The question of using prisoners for experiments was not discussed. In January 1942 Schilling went to Dachau. Schilling only accepted this commission at Dachau because the League of Nations, of which he was a member, told him of the importance of curing the seventeen million known cases of malaria. He believed it was his duty to humanity. He never became a member of the SS or the Nazi Party. He was a 'free

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