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The Resource Martial justice : the last mass execution in the United States, Richard Whittingham

Martial justice : the last mass execution in the United States, Richard Whittingham

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Martial justice : the last mass execution in the United States
Title
Martial justice
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the last mass execution in the United States
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Richard Whittingham
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Language
eng
Summary
On August 25,1945, seven young German POW submariners were hanged at Fort Leavenworth. It was the largest single execution in the United States in the twentieth century and the country's last mass execution. Their crime was the murder of a fellow German prisoner, a man they called a traitor because he helped interrogate other German prisoners. But why was their execution carried out four months after the end of the war for conduct many Americans would have expected of their own POWs in an enemy camp? And why was this "traitor" sent to the very camp where the men he had interrogated were imprisoned? Why did President Harry S. Truman, who signed the orders of execution, decline to be interviewed by the author, and why did all documents relating to the case vanish from the Truman Library after the author requested a research permit? Richard Whittingham probes the events that led to the murder, its perpetration, the brutal interrogation, the court-martial, and the execution, and he reveals how the seven were used as pawns by the U.S. government for the return of American prisoners in German hands before the war's end - then executed once Germany surrendered. The author also raises questions about military justice and the treatment of prisoners of war that are as controversial today as they were when this book was written more than two decades ago
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1939-2005
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Whittingham, Richard
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
KF7642.F55
LC item number
W5 1997
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Fischer, Helmut
  • Drechsler, Werner
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Prisoners of war
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Executions and executioners
  • World War, 1939-1945
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Martial justice : the last mass execution in the United States, Richard Whittingham
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Originally published: Chicago, H. Regnery Co., [1971]
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37213785
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 281 pages
Isbn
9781557509451
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
97026227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Martial justice : the last mass execution in the United States, Richard Whittingham
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published: Chicago, H. Regnery Co., [1971]
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37213785
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 281 pages
Isbn
9781557509451
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
97026227
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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