33rd year  -  N° 228                 Thursday, 16 August 2018         Antwerpen		
Through the Night Softly
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Thursday 13th of February 1964

54 years ago

Nazi psychiatrist Werner Heyde aka Fritz Sawade commits suicide by hanging in his cell at the age of 62 in Butzbach, Hessen, Germany.

After World War II Heyde was interned and imprisoned but escaped in 1947. He went underground using the alias Fritz Sawade and continued practicing as a sports physician and psychiatrist in Flensburg. Many friends and associates knew about his real identity, but remained silent even as he was an expert witness in court cases. His true identity was revealed in the course of a private quarrel, and on 11 November 1959 Heyde surrendered to police in Frankfurt after 13 years as a fugitive. Five days before his trial was to start Heyde hanged himself in prison.