Foreign News: Seven Who Must Hang

A photograph of six exhumed corpses —U.S. airmen who had bailed out of their bomber over Germany—was telling testimony. The eleven German civilians on trial at Darmstadt for murdering the men winced at the exhibit. Grandmotherly, grey-haired Frau Margarete Witzler turned her head away.

The trial droned on. The U.S. military judges heard how the eleven defendants, all citizens of Rüsselsheim, had lynched the fliers in a spasm of revenge. The court's verdict: freedom for one defendant, long imprisonment for three, death for seven. Among them: Frau Witzler. She was an old woman; she must have been a big girl when Adolf...

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