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Willi Zwiener, a kapo who turned against his fellow defendants, testifies through an interpreter at the trial of former camp personnel and prisoners from Dora-Mittelbau. To his left the interpreter, Nelly Singer, reads Zwiener's written statement, while behind him stands his guard, Pfc. Ernest Westerrode.

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    Willi Zwiener, a kapo who turned against his fellow defendants, testifies through an interpreter at the trial of former camp personnel and prisoners from Dora-Mittelbau. To his left the interpreter, Nelly Singer, reads Zwiener's written statement, while behind him stands his guard, Pfc. Ernest Westerrode.
    Willi Zwiener, a kapo who turned against his fellow defendants, testifies through an interpreter at the trial of former camp personnel and prisoners from Dora-Mittelbau.  To his left the interpreter, Nelly Singer, reads Zwiener's written statement, while behind him stands his guard, Pfc. Ernest Westerrode.

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    Willi Zwiener, a kapo who turned against his fellow defendants, testifies through an interpreter at the trial of former camp personnel and prisoners from Dora-Mittelbau. To his left the interpreter, Nelly Singer, reads Zwiener's written statement, while behind him stands his guard, Pfc. Ernest Westerrode.
    Date
    1947 November 05
    Locale
    Dachau, [Bavaria] Germany
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
    Event History
    On August 7, 1947, an American Military Tribunal in Dachau, Germany brought to trial nineteen former camp personnel and prisoners from the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp system, including a number of its sub-camps. All of the defendants were charged with beating and killing inmates, as well as with indulging in acts of personal sadism against them. Some specific charges were also raised against individual defendants. Shortly after the defense opened its case on October 25, the four kapos among the accused testified against their fellow defendants, providing additionally incriminating evidence. The tribunal's findings were announced on December 24 and all but four of the defendants were found guilty. Following Christmas, sentences were announced on 30 December, with former SS-Obersturmfuehrer Hans Karl Moeser being the only man sentenced to death. Seven others were sentenced to life in prison while the rest received various jail terms. Every one of the defendants, with the exception of one person, was released after serving only from seven to ten years. Moeser was executed in June 1948.

    https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007145.

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    National Archives and Records Administration, College Park
    Copyright: Public Domain
    Source Record ID: 111-SC-293521 (Album 5581)

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