Reprisal action by the Grossdeutschland regiment in Pancevo
- Event Date
- 1941 April
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Spiegel TV
Color. Shots of the cemetery at night, followed by a sketch that Kessel drew showing how the partisans shot the Germans from hiding places in the cemetery. The next scenes show the gruesome executions of civilians in the cemetery. Members of the Grossdeutschland regiment and Serbian civilians inspect the corpses of men who were lined up against the cemetery wall and shot in reprisal for the killings of the Gemans. Several men are hanged in the cemetery. In his narration, Kessel points out that these are not partisans but civilians who are being executed as examples. Serbian civilians perform the hangings. After each man is hanged the executioner pulls down on his legs to make sure he is dead. The one woman who was executed can be seen in a shot of the group of hanging bodies. Men are lined up against the cemetery wall and shot by the members of the Grossdeutschland regiment. A soldier uses a pistol to shoot one of the men again. Scenes of a funeral (for the German soldiers killed by the Serbs?) in front of the City Hall. Catholic clergymen walk in front of flag-draped coffins. The pallbearers wear swastika armbands. LS of civilians giving a Hitler salute. Paula is one of the people participating in the funeral cortege. Shots of an evangelical minister and a Catholic priest giving eulogies. The coffins are lowered into the ground.
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