|TO: The Service Registering Officer for North West
In the Matter of the Births, Deaths and Marriages (Special Provisions)
AND in the Matter of the Entry in the Register of Deaths of RUDOLF
WALTHER RICHARD HESS
I, ABDALLAH MELAOUHI, of [address - censored due to privacy] do solemnly and
sincerely declare as follows:
- I worked as a male nurse caring for Rudolf Hess from 1 August 1982
until his death on 17 August 1987 at the Allied Military Prison in Spandau.
From 1967 to 1970 I trained as a technical medical assistant in tropical
diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. From 1970, I
continued my training as a qualified male nurse until 1973 when I received
a Diploma Certificate in Nursing. In 1974 I moved to Berlin and worked at
Hohengatow Hospital in the intensive care unit until 1976. I then attended
the specialist medical school, Gauschule, Wedding, at the recommendation
of the Department of Health at the Berlin Senate until 1977 and upon
completing that training I received a Diploma in anaesthesia and the
intensive care of sick people.
I was then promoted to Superior Male Nurse and went to work at Spandau
Hospital(Krankenhaus, Spandau) in the intensive care unit until 1st August
1982 when I went to work in the Allied Military Prison in Spandau as Male
Nurse for Rudolf Hess.
- On the day of Mr Hess' death, 17 August 1987, I commenced my duties,
which involved caring for Mr Hess, as usual at 6.45 a.m. I assisted him,
as was usual, with showering and dressing, and was present when he ate a
meal at 10.30 a.m. At no time did he give any indication that his state of
mind was disturbed or that he was unduly depressed. Shortly after the meal,
he asked me to go to the nearby town of Spandau to purchase a ceramic pot
to replace one which was defective. Mr Hess would not have made such a
request merely to ensure my absence, since I was always absent in any
event from midday, during my noon pause.
- At 2 p.m. I was called to the prison from my flat which was located
outside, but in the immediate vicinity of, the prison (to which I had gone
on my return from the town of Spandau). After some delay I reached the
summerhouse in the prison garden where I was told that there had been an
incident. The small door at the front of the summerhouse was closed.
- When I entered the summerhouse, the scene was like a wrestling match
had taken place; the entire place was in confusion. The straw tiled mat
which covered the floor was in disarray, although only the day before I
had cleaned the floor and had left the straw tiled mat carefully arranged
in its usual place. A tall lamp had fallen over, but I clearly remember
that the cable attached to the lamp was still connected to the main socket.
It was this lamp cable which the authorities later said that Mr Hess had
used to hang himself. A round table and Mr Hess's armchair had also been
overturned. In summary, none of the furniture or equipment was in its
usual place, and there is no question in my mind but that a struggle had
taken place in the summerhouse.
- The body of Mr Hess was lying on the floor of the summerhouse,
apparently lifeless. Near to his body stood two soldiers dressed in US
Army uniforms. I had never seen either soldier before. I also saw an
American guard, whom I knew as a Mr Tony Jordan. There was no cable
anywhere near the body of Mr Hess; as I have said, the only cable was
attached to the fallen lamp which was still plugged into the wall.
- I immediately proceeded to examine Mr Hess. I could not detect any
respiration, pulse or heartbeat. I estimated that death had occurred 30 to
40 minutes earlier.
- The guard whom I knew as Jordan stood near Mr Hess's feet and appeared
overwrought. He was sweating heavily, his shirt was saturated with sweat
and he was not wearing a tie. I said to Jordan: "what have you done with
him?" He replied: "The pig is finished, you won't have to work a night
shift any longer". I told him to bring the emergency case (which contained
a first aid kit) and the oxygen appliance, while I commenced artificial
respiration. When Jordan returned with the equipment, I noticed that he
had first taken the opportunity to change his clothes. The equipment which
he brought had clearly been interfered with. The seal on the emergency
case had been broken open and its contents were in a state of disorder.
The intubation instrument set had no battery and the tube was perforated.
Further, the oxygen appliance had no oxygen in it. Yet when I had checked
the emergency case and the oxygen appliance that same morning, as part of
my normal duties, I am certain that both had been in full working order.
- Since I did not have any of the necessary equipment I did the best I
could which was to perform mouth to mouth resuscitation on Mr Hess and I
asked one of the soldiers in American uniform to conduct a heart massage
on him. This was at approximately 3.20 pm. These efforts had no
- A doctor and a medical orderly whom I did not recognise arrived from
the English Military Hospital in an ambulance. They brought a heart-lung
machine into the summerhouse. I tried to operate the machine but it did
not appear to function. Mr Hess was taken to hospital. I accompanied him
and made further unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him in the ambulance.
There were final unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him by the doctors
at the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 16.10 hours.
- During the five years in which I daily cared for Mr Hess, I was able
to obtain a clear and accurate impression of his physical capabilities. I
do not consider, given his physical condition, that it would have been
possible for Mr Hess to have committed suicide in the manner later
published by the Allied powers. He had neither the strength nor the
mobility to place an electric flex around his neck, knot it and either
hang or strangle himself. Mr Hess was so weak that he needed a special
chair to help him stand up. He walked bent over with a cane and was almost
blind. If ever he fell to the ground he could not get up again. Most
significantly, his hands were crippled with arthritis; he was not able,
for example, to tie his shoelaces. I consider that he was incapable of the
degree of manual dexterity necessary to manipulate the electric flex as
suggested. Further, he was not capable of lifting his arms above his
shoulders; it is therefore in my view not possible that he was able to
attach the electric flex to the window catch from which he is alleged to
have suspended himself.
- Having regard to first Mr Hess' physical condition; second, the scene
which I discovered in the summerhouse, in particular the location of the
electric flex; and third, the surrounding circumstances as I have
described them, I am firmly of the view that Mr Hess could not possibly
have committed suicide as has been claimed. In my view, it is clear that
he met his death by strangulation, at the hands of a third party.
Declared before me at: [handwritten "Berlin"]
Signature of Declarant: [signature of Abdallah Melaouhi]
on: [handwritten "17.2.1994"]
Qualification of person or officer taking the declaration: Reinhard Gizinski,
Notary Public, Berlin