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The body of Peter Chemy hangs lifeless on a post after his execution by firing squad.

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    The body of Peter Chemy hangs lifeless on a post after his execution by firing squad.
    The body of Peter Chemy hangs lifeless on a post after his execution by firing squad.

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    Caption
    The body of Peter Chemy hangs lifeless on a post after his execution by firing squad.
    Date
    1947
    Locale
    Landsberg, [Bavaria] Germany
    Variant Locale
    Landsberg Am Lech
    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph H. Williams
    Event History
    https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005140.

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    Photo Source
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Joseph H. Williams

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    Biography
    Peter Chemy, a Polish national liberated from a concentration camp by Americans in May 1945, spent the first few months of his freedom adrift in Germany. On a snowy winter night of that year, he found refuge and a meal in the home of a German family: husband, wife, and daughter. After they had gone to sleep, Chemy found a hatchet and murdered them in their beds. He was tried by an American tribunal, sent to Landsberg, and executed by firing squad in January 1947.

    [Source: Williams, Lt. Joseph H; Captor-Captive, Jacksonville, Girtman Press, 1986.]
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