US Military Executions of German Nationals after WW2

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  1. saturneptune

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    War brings terrible things, even after it is over. Almost forgotten in history is the outrage that US soldiers must have felt as they liberated the concentration camps of Nazi Germany in 1945. Of course, we have all heard of the Nuremburg trials for the Nazi leaders to pay for their crimes.

    However less known is that the US Military executed many German nationals after the war both in Europe and here is the United States (usually at Ft. Leavenworth) Most were executed for crimes against humanity, or murdering US POWS. Some were condemned because they would hunt downed pilots and kill them before they could be captured by German authorities. Some were executed because of their part in the concentration camps. Here is a clip of one of these incidents. It is graphic.

    http://www.military.com/video/opera...-military-police-execute-spies/1445432073001/

    Also, as a side note the US Army executed 160 US soldiers during WW2, usually for rape or murder, but a few for desertion or spying.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_by_the_United_States_military
     
  2. Melanie

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    Why is this news? The allies won the war and therefore history is skewed in their favour. I dearly love my country Australia and adopted one of New Zealand....but war brutalises people and I know even the ANZACS did some things which are morally reprehensible.

    One anecdotal story of when I was a governess in western Queensland, the station owner said that during the war, military aircraft flew overhead too and fro from Darwin, once his dad came across Japanese heads...which must have been dumped from a flight, he never found the body, but did not go looking for it either.
     
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    News is in the eye of the beholder. It is news because I never heard of it before. I knew of the Nuremburg trials, but was unaware of all the local executions by the US Army. I am not defending it, but what would you think if you had just liberated one of the concentration camps and found warehouses full of rotting corpses, gas chambers, labs that experimented on humans, and the ones that were alive looking like skeletons. I am sure the ones executed got a hearing. I am not defending their actions, but I can understand a situation like that demanding swift and sure justice.
     
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    So do you feel the punishment fit the crime?
     
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    If the military executed the truly guilty yes. In isolated areas, and emotions running high, there is no way to know how thorough the hearings were. It is certainly not a well known fact in history.
     

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