Nazi justice

At the beginning of 1933 there were still individual attempts to prosecute cases of death that had occurred in connection with the SA prison at Papestrasse. Files have survived from three different investigations of such cases.

One proceeding dealt with the case of the death of the Jewish physician Dr. Arno Philippsthal. He had been so brutally beaten in March by Papestrasse SA Field Policemen that he soon died of his injuries in the state hospital.

In none of the three investigations were the perpetrators indicted or convicted. All of the proceedings were stayed at an early stage and the perpetrators amnestied. In 1933 an independent judiciary oriented on the principles of a constitutional state had already ceased to exist.