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Crossroads of Death: The Story of the Malmedy Massacre and Trial (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – April 1979


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An excellent introduction to the Malmedy Massacre and Trial 19. April 2013
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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
During the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944, unarmed American soldiers were murdered in cold blood by Nazi SS Panzer units under the command of SS Colonel Joachim (aka Jochen) Peiper, in what was called the Malmedy Massacre. After the war ended in May, 1945 American war crimes investigators located Colonel Peiper and SS survivors of the atrocity and they were brought to trial for being war criminals. An American miitary war crimes tribunal sentenced Colonel Peiper and most of the other defendants to death by hanging; yet none were ever hanged because of a persistent U.S. Army officer who acted as Defense Attorney for the SS defendants. Despite numerous adverse rulings upon review by various levels of American military headquarters, and with the passage of time, all of the death sentences were reduced to various terms of imprisonment. Finally by 1956, all the SS men including Colonel Peiper were released for time already served. He would be murdered in France in 1976 as a result of French communists uncovering the notorious Nazi murderer in their midst.

The author has written an interesting story that most readers will find worth reading about how these WWII era war crimes trials were conducted in 1946 in Germany. There are many parallels to what American civilian lawyers are doing today to defend Islamic Jihadists in military commission trials. Many readers will probably be disgusted with how war criminals, then and now, are able to get away with mass murder.
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A historic time capsule that details the forgotten tragedy at Malmedy. 4. Januar 2014
Von Jared Morely - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author is a respected WW2 German historian, who completely understands the mindset of the Waffen-SS units in this story. In an effort to create a clear, unbiased portrait of all the individuals involved (German and American), he unfolds the military, as well as courtroom, drama that became confused and disjointed by the print media in the US. There will never be an excuse for excessive brutality in a combat zone, but the rapidly fluid and unknowing structure of the German advance, made the incident at the crossroads difficult to completely comprehend - from either side. After reading several accounts of the event, it's my belief that the incident happened in a micro-second decision of a German tank member, who unthinkingly opened fire on the unarmed American prisoners (believing they were about to escape), which ignited a frenzied free-for-all response from fellow German troopers nearby. Peiper took responsibility for the conduct of his troops, but he was nowhere near the event, and yet, accepted the military verdict.
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