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December 9, 2012

American Atrocities in Germany — the torture of accused “war criminals” in the Dachau trials

A reader of my blog made a comment in which he wrote that 137 of 139 German “war criminals,” who were put on trial by the American Military Tribunal in Dachau after World War II, were tortured by having their testicles crushed.  That didn’t sound right to me, so I asked for a source.  The source for this statement was the book entitled American Atrocities in Germany by Judge Edward L. Van Roden.

I looked up the author of the book American Atrocities in Germany and found the following quote on the website of David Irving:

American Atrocities in Germany

By JUDGE EDWARD L VAN RODEN

AMERICAN investigators at the U. S. Court in Dachau, Germany, used the following methods to obtain confessions: Beatings and brutal kickings. Knocking out teeth and breaking jaws. Mock trials. Solitary confinement. Posturing as priests. Very limited rations. Spiritual deprivation. Promises of acquittal. Complaints concerning these third degree methods were received by Secretary of the Army Kenneth Royall last Spring [1948]. Royall appointed Justice Gordon Simpson of the Texas Supreme Court and me to go to Germany and check up on the reports. Accompanied by Lt. Col. Charles Lawrence, Jr., we went to Munich, Germany, set up offices there, and heard a stream of testimony about the way in which American atrocities were committed.

[…]

The statements which were admitted as evidence [in the Malmedy Massacre case] were obtained from men who had first been kept in solitary confinement for three, four, and, five months. They were confined between four walls, with no windows, and no opportunity of exercise. Two meals a day were shoved in to them through a slot in the door. They were not allowed to talk to anyone. They had no communication with their families or any minister or priest during that time.

This solitary confinement proved sufficient in itself in some cases to persuade the Germans to sign prepared statements. These statements not only involved the signer, but often would involve other defendants.

Our investigators would put a black hood over the accused’s head and then punch him in the face with brass knuckles, kick him, and beat him with rubber hose. Many of the German defendants had teeth knocked out. Some had their jaws broken.

All but two of the Germans, in the 139 cases we investigated, had been kicked in the testicles beyond repair. This was Standard Operating Procedure with American investigators.

The 139 cases, that were investigated by Van Roden, were only a small part of the “Dachau trials” conducted by the American Military Tribunal at the former Dachau concentration camp. I have a whole section on the Dachau trials on my website, which you can read here.  This quote is from my website:

Between November 1945 and December 31, 1947, there were 489 cases brought before the American Military Tribunal at Dachau. There was a total of 1,672 persons who were tried; 1,416 of them were convicted and then sent to War Criminals Prison #1 at Landsberg am Lech for execution or incarceration. There were 297 death sentences, and 279 sentences to life in prison. Between 1946 and 1951 there were 284 death sentences carried out at Landsberg, which included the death sentences at the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal.

The 1,672 accused war criminals who faced the American Military Tribunal at Dachau had been selected from a group of 3,887 people who were initially accused. The last of those who were not put on trial were finally released from their imprisonment in War Crimes Enclosure No. 1 at Dachau in August 1948. By 1958, the last of the German war criminals, convicted at Dachau, had been released from the War Criminals Prison #1 in Landsberg.

The 139 cases, in which extreme torture was used, were the men in the Malmedy Massacre trial. This is not to say that the only “war criminals” who were tortured were the men accused in the Malmedy Massacre case.  Other defendants in the other cases also claimed that they were tortured in order to force confessions out of them.

This quote is a continuation of the quote from David Irving’s website:

[Lt. William] Perl admitted use of mock trials and persuasive methods including violence and said the court was free to decide the weight to be attached to evidence thus received. But it all went in.

One 18 year old defendant, after a series of beatings, was writing a statement being dictated to him. When they reached the 16th page, the boy was locked up for the night. In the early morning, Germans in nearby cells heard him muttering. “I will not utter another lie.” When the jailer came in later to get him to finish his false statement, he found the German hanging from a cell bar, dead. However the statement that the German had hanged himself to escape signing was offered and received in evidence in the trial of the others.

This quote is from my own website, Scrapbookpages.com:

Lt. William Perl was an Austrian Jew who had emigrated to America in 1940.  He was the chief interrogator of the Malmedy Massacre accused. Perl was an active Zionist who had worked to get European Jews into Palestine illegally before he came to America. His wife was a survivor of Ravensbrück, the Nazi concentration camp for women, where she was sent in 1943. Perl was assisted by other Jews on the interrogation staff, including Josef Kirschbaum, Harry Thon and Morris Ellowitz. […]

In the Malmedy Massacre case, Lt. Col. Peiper presented a summary of allegations of abuse made to him by his soldiers. The German soldiers claimed that they were beaten by the interrogators and that one of the original 75 accused men, 18-year-old Arvid Freimuth, had hanged himself in his cell after being repeatedly beaten. A statement, supposedly written by Freimuth, although portions of it were not signed by him, was introduced during the proceedings as evidence against the other accused. As in the Nuremberg IMT and the other Dachau proceedings, the accused were charged with conspiracy to commit war crimes, as well as with specific incidents of murder, so Freimuth’s statement was relevant to the case, even after he was no longer among the accused himself.  […]

None of the convicted SS soldiers [in the Malmedy Massacre case] were ever executed and by 1956, all of them had been released from prison. All of the death sentences had been commuted to life in prison. As it turned out, the Malmedy Massacre proceedings at Dachau, which were intended to show the world that the Waffen-SS soldiers were a bunch of heartless killers, became instead a controversial case which dragged on for over ten years and resulted in criticism of the American Occupation, the war crimes military tribunals, the Jewish prosecutors at Dachau and the whole American system of justice.

Before the last man convicted in the Dachau proceedings walked out of Landsberg prison as a free man, the aftermath of the case had involved the US Supreme Court, the International Court at the Hague, the US Congress, Dr. Johann Neuhäusler, a Bishop from Munich, who was a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, and the government of the new Federal Republic of Germany. All of this was due to the efforts of the defense attorney, Lt. Col. Willis M. Everett.

James J. Weingartner, the author of A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy Massacre, wrote the story of the Dachau proceedings from information provided by Everett’s family and gleaned from his letters and diary. According to Weingartner, shortly before the proceedings were to begin, defense attorney Lt. Col. Everett interviewed a few of the 73 accused with the help of an interpreter. Although the accused were being held in solitary confinement and had not had the opportunity to consult with each other, most of them told identical stories of misconduct by their Jewish interrogators.

 

14 Comments »

  1. Except for “evidence” manufactured through torture, there really is no credible evidence for the holocaust, especially for the claims that people were killed in gas chambers. The lies of Jews and others are so obviously bogus that no sane person can really take them seriously. But, the “confessions” of German prisoners have always been the most powerful part of the holocaust case. Some idea as to just how shabby “confessions” are in general, even without overt physical torture, has come from Saul Kassin a professor of forensic psychology at John Jay College in NYC. Look at his video which is linked from my website also.

    The Israelis have successfully persuaded America to practice torture again–with supposed terrorists. To prevent an act of terrorism one might be able to justify torture–but to use it to make evidence for a courtroom or to make history is obscene–but so typically American. Shame on America. If people like “Mogseyeward” want to see what evil sadistic monsters really are like, they should NOT point their bloody fingers at the Germans–they should simply look at themselves in any mirror. Americans were, and still are, the real monsters!

    As to the Jews, the only thing their holocaust filth really proves is that when Hitler and Germany tried to expel them from Germany forever, without any extermination, they certainly had the right idea.

    Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — December 10, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    • Using torture to establish “facts” and “evidence” that justify the use of the very same torture may be America’s great contribution to international justice. If it helps educate the masses and you get away with it, why not? America is so exceptional.

      Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — December 10, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    • “If people like “Mogseyeward” want to see what evil sadistic monsters really are like, they should NOT point their bloody fingers at the Germans–they should simply look at themselves in any mirror. Americans were, and still are, the real monsters! ”

      Even if I share your views on the validity of the Nazi ‘confessions’, I wouldn’t call Américans “monsters” but “victims” (of their own government and the propaganda of their jewish press). I blame many of the American leaders but not the American people.

      Comment by hermie — December 10, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

      • The Germans and Nazis had kept camp inmates alive and healthy, including Jews, as best they could. No one had been gassed. Americans and Brits with enthusiastic support from their Jewish masses had tried to turn all of Germany and much of Europe into a kind of Bergen-Belsen for years. By the Spring of 1945, they succeeded. Such a surprise, already! That those same cowardly monsters deny all responsibility for Belsen is hardly surprising. Were they about to suddenly stand up like heroes and admit they had done anything wrong? Tell the truth for a change? Of course, not! To this day, they blame the Germans for what they had done all by themselves. They should pray there is no God.

        In 1978 I met a young Hungarian man who had survived the American bombing of Budapest about which I had not known anything. He assured me that Budapest had indeed been bombed by the Americans—and that the American bomber crews were “extremely cowardly” because they deliberately avoided the small, but heavily defended, military targets and bombed the vast, undefended, residential areas of Budapest instead. Some of the American bombers were shot down, however, and some bomber crewmen managed to parachute to the ground. Local Hungarians killed many as soon as they hit the ground but others were rescued by Hungarian gendarmes who took them to POW camps. My Hungarian acquaintance insisted that the American airmen should have been tied instead to stakes near to where their bombs had fallen and then been burned alive. When I expressed my shock at his horrible suggestion, he looked straight back into my eyes and said: “but, that was what they were doing to us.”

        That brief conversation has been seared into my conscience and I have thought about it many times. Could I have lit a fire to incinerate any of those cowardly airmen—perhaps just the officers, or high-ranking generals, or political leaders like Churchill, or FDR, or Truman? Certainly, it would have been a learning experience which they truly deserved and which others might heed as well. As a warning to future generations, it would have saved many innocent lives. The purpose of this website is not merely to acquit the Germans of the obscene charges against Germany—but to also condemn the victors, especially the Jews, for being the pious monsters that they truly were—and still are.

        Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — December 10, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

        • Even if the holocaust hoax were true, the war crimes and mass atrocities committed by the US and Britain were far worse and far more cowardly than anything the Nazis are even accused of committing. The US and Britain murdered as many people as they possibly could—women, children, babies included—by deliberately r-o-a-s-t-i-n-g them to death with massive incendiary air attacks and firestorms (“strategic bombing” and “area bombing”), with incendiary bombs including napalm, and even with nuclear bombs. If the numbers murdered by the US and Britain did not exceed the mythical “six million” number, it was not for any lack of trying. The Americans and Brits turned entire cities into crematory ovens—for victims who were still alive. The magnitude of those horrors grew to biblical proportions just as the end of the war grew near and the dangers to the US and Britain diminished to nothing at all. Shame on the cowardly victors! Shame on America! Shame on Britain! And, lest anyone is still totally decieved, it was the British—with encouragement from the US—who began the deliberate mass murder of civilians with their attacks on Germany in 1940 as Patrick Buchanan has explained. It was the British who bombed Berlin five times in August and September of 1940 before Hitler responded, reluctantly as he explained on radio, with the first German air attack on any British city, London, on September 7, 1940. If the Nazis had murdered people with poison gas, that would have been humane by comparison to Anglo-American firebombing.. When the victors were no longer able to simply murder Germans or “Japs” because the war had ended—they were still able to spread the most outrageous lies about the Germans, and that continues to this day. Who is left to stop them? Who dares to even try

          Comment by Friedrich Paul Berg — December 10, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

  2. Interestingly one can extrapolate from these details exactly what the mad psycho monoheathenoids felt they could get up to in a totally degenerate state like the Soviet Union if under the disguise of manifest destiny and a soon to be shining city on a hill they could do as they liked without fear sanction. I’d bet they went butcher mad.

    Comment by thestoker — December 9, 2012 @ 10:55 am

  3. “The 139 cases, in which extreme torture was used, were the men in the Malmedy Massacre trial. ”

    The American winners didn’t see any contradiction in ‘judging’ German soldiers for killing about 500 people at Malmedy (362 American POWs and 111 civilians – “Malmedy massacre Investigation – Report of the Subcommittee of Committee on Armed Services”) after shooting more than 500 German soldiers at Dachau because the GIs had misinterpretated what they had seen there (i.e. the so-called “Death train” full of dead bodies found at Dachau).

    About the massacre at Malmedy there is a Belgian author concluding that this massacre was in fact caused by a panick among American POWs and a misunderstanding with the German soldiers conveying them (Massacre at Malmedy by Gerd.J.Gust Cuppens).

    Comment by hermie — December 9, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    • Nice video. It ends with a photo of the Dachau gate, which I took in 2001 when the tourist entrance to the Dachau Memorial site was on the other side of the camp.

      Comment by furtherglory — December 9, 2012 @ 9:52 am

  4. The torture of anyone can never be justified, however if you think about the number of prisoners (approx 3k) by comparison of 6million Jews that were manufacturedly murdered conveyor belt style, probably 10’s of thousands tortured, starved and whatever else the Germans did to them, it’s less than 1percent …. what comes around goes around. 100 thousand Jews were incarcerated, tortured and murdered by Germans between 1933 and 1939. Tens of thousands of oppositional Germans were incarcerated and tortured by the German Gestapo between 1933 and 1939. The only other point I’ll make on this is that David Irving is a known anti-semite and up until recently a holocaust denier – he, like his comrades in this academic discussion, will just about argue anything against the Jews won’t they?

    Comment by mogseyward — December 9, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    • “what comes around goes around.”

      “PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel) was founded in 1990 in reaction to the ongoing policy of the Israeli government, which permitted the systematic use of torture and ill treatment in GSS (General Security Service) interrogations.”

      http://www.stoptorture.org.il/en/odot

      Comment by The Black Rabbit of Inlé — December 9, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    • “The torture of anyone can never be justified, however if you think about the number of prisoners (approx 3k) by comparison of 6million Jews that were manufacturedly murdered conveyor belt style, probably 10′s of thousands tortured, starved and whatever else the Germans did to them, it’s less than 1percent …”

      The problem with the torture of German alleged “war criminals” is not their suffering but the reliability of their ‘confessions’. No need to be a court expert to understand that ‘confessions’ extracted under torture and other kinds of pressure can’t be relied on.

      Repeat your kabbalistic 6 million figure once again and you will get a free ticket for Israël.

      Comment by hermie — December 9, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    • “100 thousand Jews were incarcerated, tortured and murdered by Germans between 1933 and 1939. Tens of thousands of oppositional Germans were incarcerated and tortured by the German Gestapo between 1933 and 1939.”

      Nice lie But there were less than 10,000 prisoners in all the German concentration camps when WW2 started. As concentration camps were also jails for normal criminals, 10,000 is a very small number of prisoners for a country of 80 million people (How many prisoners are there in U.S. jails today?). American and Jewish propaganda described Nazi Germany as a hell on earth where everybody feared to be sent to a concentration camp for nothing but it was not true.

      Comment by hermie — December 9, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    • What is your source for the statement that “100 thousand Jews were incarcerated, tortured and murdered by Germans between 1933 and 1939”?

      This quote is from the website of the USHMM:
      Begin quote
      According to the census of June 16, 1933, the Jewish population of Germany, including the Saar region (which at that time was still under the administration of the League of Nations), was approximately 505,000 people out of a total population of 67 million, or somewhat less than 0.75 percent. That number represented a reduction from the estimated 523,000 Jews living in Germany in January 1933; the decrease was due in part to emigration following the Nazi takeover in January. (An estimated 37,000 Jews emigrated from Germany during 1933.)
      End Quote

      You are saying that one out of every 5 Jews in Germany was murdered between 1933 and 1939? Yet, America still would not allow an unlimited number of Jews to emigrate to America?

      Comment by furtherglory — December 9, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    • “PCATI (Public Committee Against Torture in Israel) was founded in 1990 in reaction to the ongoing policy of the Israeli government, which permitted the systematic use of torture and ill treatment in GSS (General Security Service) interrogations.

      http://www.stoptorture.org.il/en/odot

      The man who made torture (called “moderate physical pressure”) as an interrogation tool legal in Israël in 1987, Moshe Landau, was also the man who presided over the Eichmann show ‘trial’ in 1961. So surprising…

      Comment by hermie — December 16, 2012 @ 7:42 am


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