FRANKFURT - The murder charge against a former medical professor accused of killing a patient as part of the Nazi euthanasia program is being dropped, prosecutors said yesterday after deeming the 89-year-old woman unfit to stand trial.
A doctor testified that Dr. Rosemarie Albrecht, who had taught at the university in Jena, was physically unfit to withstand the pressures surrounded with a trial, prosecutor Thomas Villbock said in Gera.
Albrecht was suspected of killing a patient in 1941 with an overdose of sleeping pills as part of a Nazi drive against the mentally ill and physically disabled. Another expert also testified to prosecutors that Albrecht acted according to practice at the time, Villbock said. He declined to elaborate.
More details are expected today after prosecutors formally file with the court to drop the charges. Prosecutors had investigated Albrecht's case for more than three years, after details of her patients' medical records emerged from East German secret police files.
Records showed that 159 people died while Albrecht was working as one of the doctors between 1940 and 1942 at the women's and children's psychiatric ward at a hospital in nearby Stadtroda.
The alleged victim, 34-year-old Selma Albrecht, who is no relation to the accused, had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and recommended for sterilization by a Nazi court.