GERMANY: Decent Burial

The grisliest petty tyrants in history were in all likelihood the men and women who ran Germany's infamous concentration and extermination camps for the greater glory of Hitler's Nazi Reich. Within three years after V-E day, 91 of them were tried for a deluge of crimes—in some cases up to 1,000 murders apiece —and then were hanged in the courtyard of Lower Saxony's yellow-walled Hameln prison. They were buried on the spot in plain coffins in a common unmarked grave. Most were ex-warders from nightmarish Belsen, including suet-faced ex-Commandant Joseph Kramer, the "Beast of Belsen," and his 21-year-old girl...

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