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The Malmédy Trial

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The Malmedy Trial: A Report Based on Documents and Persaonal Experiences

  • by Dietrich Ziemssen
    • Merriam Press World War 2 History Series
      • Fourth Edition
      • 70 6x9-inch pages
      • 1 map
      • 2 tables
First published privately in 1952 by a former member of the 1st SS Panzer Division and a defense witness.
     One of the earliest examples of lies and brutality masquerading as "justice" was the trial of seventy-four German "war criminals" at Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945-46. The Germans had been arrested for allegedly participating in an alleged massacre of American prisoners-of-war near Malmédy in Belgium in December 1944.
     During their interrogations by an almost exclusively Jewish U.S. investigation team, the defendants were tortured and brutalized beyond imagination. In an interrogation prison at the small town of Schwäbisch Hall the Germans were beaten, kicked, hooded and abused. They were blackmailed, subjected to mock trials and mock hangings, and threatened with reprisals against family or colleagues. By this method, the interrogators obtained false confessions and false witness statements. In fact, the confessions were so extensive that the prisoners admitted to killing some nine hundred people—ten times the number of Malmédy deaths!
     Impressed by the extent of the "confessions" the American Military Tribunal found all of the defendants guilty, and forty-three were sentenced to death. Fortunately, the defendants had had the benefit of a proper U.S. defense attorney during the trial, and he was dismayed by the revelations of brutality during interrogation, and by the blatantly unjust courtroom procedures. The defendants had even had to "take a number" so that the prosecution could keep track.
     After much lobbying from the defense attorney, many of the death sentences were set aside. Eventually an official investigation took place, led by Judge Simpson and Judge Van Roden. They found that of the 139 cases they investigated, all but two Germans had been kicked in the testicles beyond repair.
     Covers the Malmédy incident, the defendants’ imprisonment and mistreatment, the trial, their incarceration in Landsberg and years spent trying to get the case reviewed and the sentences reduced.

 

Contents

  • Publisher’s Foreword

  • Introduction

  • Preliminary Remarks

  • Dates of the Trial History

  • List of the Sentences

  • Malmédy: Previous History of the Trial

  • Schwäbisch Hall

  • Dachau

  • Landsberg

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