A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy by James J. Weingartner

By James J. Weingartner

In the wake of global conflict II, seventy four individuals of the Nazi SS have been accused of a struggle crime--soon to be often called the Malmedy Massacre--in which a good number of American prisoners of warfare have been murdered through the conflict of the Bulge. all the German defendants have been stumbled on responsible and greater than part have been sentenced to death.

Yet none was once accomplished and, a decade later, all were published from criminal. This end result resulted basically from the dogged efforts of Willis M. Everett, Jr., a famous Atlanta legal professional who jeopardized his prestige as a member of the social elite to shield with nice zeal and dedication the accused Germans.

James Weingartner bargains clean insights into probably the most arguable episodes of global battle II and within the method casts new gentle at the frequently convoluted politics of battle crimes justice.

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A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy Massacre

Within the wake of worldwide warfare II, seventy four participants of the Nazi SS have been accused of a struggle crime--soon to be referred to as the Malmedy Massacre--in which plenty of American prisoners of battle have been murdered through the conflict of the Bulge. the entire German defendants have been came upon to blame and greater than part have been sentenced to dying.

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Everett’s friend Athanason found himself posted to truck maintenance, while a Colonel Lathrop who, in addition to having studied at Columbia, had been an instructor of French at West Point, was appointed a post exchange officer. Everett’s orders were less eccentric. 16 March 30, 1946, was a Saturday, and most of the staff of the Judge Advocate’s office had gone for the weekend. But the officer in charge, a fellow Atlantan by the name of Allen, informed Everett that he had been assigned to work involving the trial of German war criminals.

Dachau was a particularly appropriate venue for the trial of the Malmedy defendants, for all had been members of the Waffen-SS, or armed SS. These had been Hitler’s “political soldiers,” who had been at the forefront of Nazi Germany’s ideologically motivated drive for a racially “pure” and German-dominated Europe. Dachau had also been the scene of an incident that demonstrated the hatred the SS had generated in the minds of Americans. S. Forty-fifth Infantry Division. 26 Everett proceeded to Schwäbisch Hall and then to Dachau.

If I ever felt like punching anyone,” raged the normally gentle Everett, “it was this [streetcar] operator. The Red Cross man [an American] said that all Frenchmen as a rule were just like that. No wonder the American GI hates the French. . ” But he found the farm fields through which the once again mobile bus passed on its route eastward “very, very beautiful. . Hills steeper than ours on the farm were rounded off. . ”12 Paris had survived the war largely unscathed, and Everett marveled at the beauty of the architecture and the general cleanliness of the city but was horrified by the profusion of streetwalkers.

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