Opinion re Willi Graf’s corpse
Munich, December 1, 1944
With 2 enclosures, once again submitted to the
Chief Prosecutor of the Reich
/Stamp: Reich Attorney General’s Office
Received December 3, 1943 [sic]
With regards to the enclosed marginal notation dated October 23, 1944 6 J 24/43 g.
The remark made by the Gestapo in Munich in their transmission dated October 20, 1944 regarding discretionary power over the corpse is based on a misunderstanding. Before Graf’s execution, the Gestapo had telephoned to say that the corpse would not be released, but would rather be formally taken possession of [Note 1]. However, they simultaneously requested that the State Attorney General’s Office take care of the burial prerequisites regarding a municipal funeral in their name. Therefore, this office requested that the Burial Office pick up the corpse so that the corpse would be picked up in the presence of a Gestapo agent who would then formally take possession of it.
I concur with the Gestapo’s position regarding the notification of the burial location and the loss of the farewell letter.
/Handwritten notes dated December 11, 12, and 13, 1944 are illegible./
[Note 1: Uebernehmen (take possession of) versus überlassen (abandon).]
Source: NJ1704, Volume 21 (page 273)