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Former SS-Obersturmfuehrer (1st Lieutenant) Anton Thernes testifies to the Polish-Soviet joint commission investigating crimes in Majdanek.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 04856

Former SS-Obersturmfuehrer (1st Lieutenant) Anton Thernes testifies to the Polish-Soviet joint commission investigating crimes in Majdanek.

Four months after the liberation of the Majdanek death camp by Soviet troops in July 1944, four former personnel and two former prisoners from the camp were brought to trial by a Polish Special Penal Court, charged with murdering and mistreating prisoners. On 27 November, the trial began in Lublin, against a deputy chief of the camp, Anton Thernes, and his aide, Wilhelm Gerstenmeier, along with two guards, Hermann Vogel and Theodor Schoellen, and two kapos, Heinz Stalp and Edmund Pohlmann. After Pohlmann committed suicide during the trial, only five defendants remained to be sentenced. All five were found guilty on 2 December and executed near the crematoria in Majdanek the next day.

Date
1944 November 27 - 1944 December 02
Variant Locale
Lyublin
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Unknown Russian archive
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Record last modified: 2016-09-16 00:00:00
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