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Trial and hanging of German war criminals; US Army returns home

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1949 | Film ID: 4254

Home movies of trial and hanging of a German war criminal (Alfons Klein?) convicted in October 1945 by U.S. Army court of the Hadamar euthanasia murders sent to the gallows in March 1946 and footage of the embarkation and return home to New York of Army troops filmed by war correspondent Murray Young of the Overseas Press Club.

"At the trial of the Hadamar ‘injection’ murderers.” Men sit in the courtroom. Dark shots of people in the courtroom. “RETRIBUTION!,” “The hanging of five German murderers of six downed American airmen” “Bruchsal Prison, south of Heidelberg” Guards set up the gallows at the prison. Stairs leading up to the platform. HAS, soldiers lead one of the German offenders up to the gallows. They place a black bag around his head, the noose, and he is hanged. They take his body out from beneath the platform and move it into a coffin.

"Returning to America from Le Havre, France” “Camp Home Run staging area. The old French fort, German modernized.” Two men on top of a white building, part of Camp Home Run. HAS, area, destroyed ship in the water. Men with luggage walk up a ramp onto a large ship at the dock. Smoke flows out of the ship’s funnel. The ship moves through the water as the sun sets. View of a ship cruising the ocean from above. The bow of a ship moves up and down as it cuts through the water. Porthole view of another ship going by. Maritime signal flags on the ship’s mast. Soldiers on the deck look out at a peninsula. MS, facade of a building: “United States of America.” American flag on a red building with large fluted columns. “The End.”

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Event:  October 1945 to March 1946
Bruchsal, Germany
Le Havre, France
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2020-04-03 09:48:50
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