Letter from Hitler to Karl Brandt

1 September 1939


[Letterhead :A. HITLER]

Berlin, 1 September 1939

Reichsleiter Bouhler and Dr. Brandt, M. D., are charged with the responsibility of enlarging the authority of certain physicians to be designated by name in such a manner that persons who, according to human judgment, are incurable can, upon a most careful diagnosis of their condition of sickness, be accorded a mercy death.

[Signed] A. HITLER

[Handwritten note] Given to me by Bouhler on 27 August 1940

Source: Trials of War Criminals Before the Nuernberg Military Tribunals, Vol. 1. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1949. 630-PS.