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A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy Massacre
     

A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy Massacre

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by James J. Weingartner
 

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In the wake of World War II, 74 members of the Nazi SS were accused of a war crime--soon to be known as the Malmedy Massacre--in which a large number of American prisoners of war were murdered during the Battle of the Bulge. All of the German defendants were found guilty and more than half were sentenced to death.

Yet none was executed and, a decade later, all

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In the wake of World War II, 74 members of the Nazi SS were accused of a war crime--soon to be known as the Malmedy Massacre--in which a large number of American prisoners of war were murdered during the Battle of the Bulge. All of the German defendants were found guilty and more than half were sentenced to death.

Yet none was executed and, a decade later, all had been released from prison. This outcome resulted primarily from the dogged efforts of Willis M. Everett, Jr., a prominent Atlanta attorney who jeopardized his status as a member of the social elite to defend with great zeal and commitment the accused Germans.

James Weingartner offers fresh insights into one of the most controversial episodes of World War II and in the process casts new light on the often convoluted politics of war crimes justice.

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Willis M. Everett, Jr., a prominent Atlanta attorney, jeopardized his status as a member of the social elite to defend German members of the Nazi SS accused of a war crime in which a large number of American prisoners of war were murdered. Partially fuelled by an antisemitism that viewed the flaws in the investigation as signs of Jewish vengefulness, Everett was also deeply impressed by a major German defendant in the trial. Their bizarre relationship forms an intriguing component of this narrative. Includes b&w historical photos. Weingartner teaches history at Southern Illinois University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A Peculiar Crusade is good history, well written by a pro. It is based on long and hard research in the best primary documents, backed up by oral interviews. It addresses the virulent racism of Hitler's Germany and the ingrained racial prejudices and anti-Semitism of the American South squarely and without emotion or bias. I enjoyed reading it and I learned a lot."

-Tom Collier,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"Raises a number of compelling issues and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the difficulties of war crimes trials, the problems of dealing with the legacy of Nazism, and the vagaries of politics during the emerging Cold War and Civil Rights era. The book stands as a wonderful example of the complexities of life, the tension of competing motivations, and the law of unintended consequences."

-Stephen G. Fritz,author of Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814784730
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
File size:
4 MB

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"Raises a number of compelling issues and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the difficulties of war crimes trials, the problems of dealing with the legacy of Nazism, and the vagaries of politics during the emerging Cold War and Civil Rights era. The book stands as a wonderful example of the complexities of life, the tension of competing motivations, and the law of unintended consequences."

-Stephen G. Fritz,author of Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

"A Peculiar Crusade is good history, well written by a pro. It is based on long and hard research in the best primary documents, backed up by oral interviews. It addresses the virulent racism of Hitler's Germany and the ingrained racial prejudices and anti-Semitism of the American South squarely and without emotion or bias. I enjoyed reading it and I learned a lot."

-Tom Collier,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Meet the Author

James Weingartner is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University and author of Crossroads of Death and Hitler's Guard.

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Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy Massacre 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and learned a lot from reading it. It concerns a man who is suddenly ordered to do what seems to be an impossible and disgusting job: defend the perpetrators of a masscre of American GIs. Ill prepared and rushed, he does the best he can -- and then begins to smell a rat. Is his job justice or vengeance? Weingartner digs hard into the original documents to answer that question, and produces a fascinating piece of history that is a pleasure to read.
kagesan More than 1 year ago
$55 nook book discounted to $33? you're nuckin futz. your book must be written in gold ink. maybe one day you're heads will deflate and you'll actually want the public to purchase your book....