By James J. Weingartner
In the wake of global warfare II, seventy four contributors of the Nazi SS have been accused of a struggle crime--soon to be referred to as the Malmedy Massacre--in which lots of American prisoners of warfare have been murdered through the conflict of the Bulge. the entire German defendants have been came across responsible and greater than part have been sentenced to death.
Yet none was once completed and, a decade later, all were published from felony. This final result resulted basically from the dogged efforts of Willis M. Everett, Jr., a well-liked Atlanta legal professional who jeopardized his prestige as a member of the social elite to protect with nice zeal and dedication the accused Germans.
James Weingartner bargains clean insights into probably the most debatable episodes of global struggle II and within the method casts new mild at the usually convoluted politics of warfare crimes justice.
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He had been assigned to the War Crimes Branch in April 1945 and had been involved in the investigation of German atrocities ever since, having taken charge of the Malmedy THE WORLD BEYOND ATLANTA 41 case in February 1946, although he had been associated with its investigation since November. Everett’s opinion of Ellis appears to have peaked at haughty disdain. ” Ellis had no intention of sharing quarters with Everett, and the two set out to locate housing near the camp for their respective staffs.
The United States emerged from World War II with a nuclear monopoly, most of the world’s industrial productivity, and the realization that a return to the isolationism of the interwar years was neither feasible nor desirable. Everett’s own emergence from isolation came in the course of a trip via Red Cross bus from Le Havre to Paris. The journey was almost immediately interrupted by the effects of water in the gasoline supply, which necessitated an unscheduled stop to drain the offending ﬂuid from the carburetor.
Everett and his colleagues prepared a questionnaire designed to elicit 44 THE WORLD BEYOND ATLANTA further personal information on each prisoner and on alleged investigatory misconduct, and they had copies distributed to all of the defendants. The questionnaires were collected the next morning and the results analyzed.
A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy Massacre by James J. Weingartner