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Published on Jul 11, 2012
This is the 2005 documentary "Über Galgen wächst kein Gras" (lit. "No Grass grows over gallows"), to which I have created english subtitles.
Its Theme is mainly the Malmedy trial, which was Part of the infamous "Dachau trials", taking place in the former Concentration Camp for manipulative reasons. The documentary will then go on to interview the last surviving german veterans held accountable for the "Malmedy Massacre" and what happened to them by the hands of a presumably "fair and objective" trial.
Torture at the extraction of "Statements" or "Confessions" was normal practice and it is crucial to know that accused were tortured to extract confessions or form statements on all trials immediately after the war in Germany.
Torture of German army personal was widely spread and accepted or even wanted for purposes of propaganda stories to further justify Allied atrocities as well as gathering arguments for the re-education of the German public opinion.
Alas, it was widely known to Allied society though if suppressed.
Already in January 23, 1949, American Judge Edward L. van Roden, who had investigated allegations to this effect as a member of an official Commission of Inquiry on the matter confirmed the widespread use of torture to extract wanted statements of any kind. The outrageous range of crime committed after the war will already become obvious when one faces that virtually all but two (of 139 cases investigated during the Inquiry) of German personal had destroyed testicles beyond repair.
The Defendants stated further, that even the strategy of comparing the alleged crimes with crimes committed by Allied Army personal, to lead the argument ad-absurdum lead to the remark being excluded or erased from the transcripts.
The Malmedy Trials were complete show trials of winner-justice and giving the American public what it wanted to have -- Reasons for a "Just War"