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About this request, in a statement before the investigating judge on 14 November 1960, Hefelmann said the following: "I worked on this request, as it was in my department.Since Hitler's decision was requested, I forwarded it without comment to the Head of Main Office I in the Kd F, Albert Bormann.

The all too common name, "Knauer Case", should not be used according to the findings of medical historian, Udo Benzenhöfer, in 2006.

In this particular case, the parents submitted a request that their severely disabled child be granted a "mercy killing", the application being received at an unverifiable time before the middle of 1939 at the Office of the Führer (KDF), also known as Hitler's Chancellery.

All those with hereditary illnesses or who were severely mentally and physically handicapped were classified as "lives unworthy of life" (lebensunwertes Leben).

They would, in terms of natural selection, be "eliminated".

A precise dating of the events surrounding the case of "Child K" is (as at 2008) not possible on the basis of the statements.

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