Americans, Germans, and War Crimes Justice: Law, Memory, and by James J. Weingartner

By James J. Weingartner

Virtually each battle consists of death of either army body of workers and civilians, yet international battle II concerned an exceptional instance of state-directed and ideologically prompted genocide—the Holocaust. past this terrible, premeditated battle crime perpetrated on a big scale, there have been additionally remoted and spontaneous struggle crimes devoted via either German and U.S. forces.The e-book is concentrated upon on international conflict II atrocities—one dedicated by means of Germans and the opposite through american citizens. the writer rigorously examines how the U.S. military handled every one crime, and offers money owed of the atrocities from either German and American views. the 2 occasions are contextualized inside of a number of frameworks: the overseas legislations of conflict, the phenomenon of warfare illegal activity in international conflict II, and the German and American collective stories of worldwide warfare II. american citizens, Germans and conflict Crimes Justice: legislations, reminiscence, and "The reliable battle" offers a clean and finished standpoint at the complicated and delicate topic of worldwide battle II struggle crimes and justice.

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Kaufmann and R. M. pdf, 13; Holger Bloem and Wilke Specht, Borkum: Nordseeinsel unter Weitem Himmel (Norden: Verlag Soltau-Kurier-Norden, 2009), 7. 3. Voerde on the lower Rhine shared a name with a village to the southeast that, after the war, became a camp for Eastern European refugees, many of whom had been employed as slave laborers in German industry. On this Voerde, see Dieter Wiethege, Und als der Krieg zur Ende Schien . . Krieg, Überrollung und Ausländerlager in Voerde (Meinerzhagen: Meinerzhagener Druck und Verlagshaus, 1985), 65–67, 81.

7 Germans Doomed for Killing Fliers,” New York Times, August 1, 1945. 2 Building a Case Borkum was in the British zone of occupation and came under the control of Canadian forces in the waning days of the war. The Canadians were given a handwritten statement by Dirk Johan Hendrik Dreux, a Dutch prisoner who had been held on the island by the Germans for labor on the fortifications. On “August 3, 1944,” Dreux had watched Walthall’s B-17, which he described as already visibly damaged, make a crash landing after having been “shot down” by Borkum’s antiaircraft guns.

Accompanied by their guards, who provided no protection against continuing assaults, the prisoners stumbled on, collapsing one by one, then were “finished off” with further pistol shots. The bodies were allowed to remain where they had fallen until evening, when they were transported by wagon to nearby sand dunes and stripped of their clothing. 4 Guillon’s statement would be proved wrong on some details, but it was compelling testimony. He was able, moreover, to provide the names of several Germans whom he characterized as “anti-Nazi” who might provide additional information.

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