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Summation of Alfred Werner in the Appellate Court

Attorney Alfred Werner had emigrated from Munich to Haifa by way of Paris and London in 1933, and he returned to Germany in 1953.[1] No written copy of his summation is available. Joachim Rumpf reconstructs his concluding argument on the basis of newspaper accounts: Werner compared I.G. Farben with firms that had successfully resisted the use of concentration camp prisoners, and concluded from this that I.G. Farben had participated actively, at its own instigation, in the extermination of the Jewish prisoners: “Thereby I.G. Farben committed not only the elements of the offense of unjust enrichment, but also those of damage to health.”[2]

(SP; transl. KL)


Rumpf, Joachim R.: “Der Fall Wollheim gegen die I.G. Farbenindustrie AG in Liquidation.” Unpublished dissertation, Leibniz University, Hanover, 2007.

[1] Joachim R. Rumpf: “Der Fall Wollheim gegen die I.G. Farbenindustrie AG in Liquidation” (unpublished dissertation, Leibniz University, Hanover, 2007), p. 225.

[2] All based on Rumpf: Der Fall Wollheim, p. 324.