GERMANY: Slow Trip to the Gallows

Dressed in the scarlet death-cell garb, the seven condemned Nazis waited in Landsberg prison for their midnight appointment with the hangman. The hearses with the empty coffins were ready to take the bodies to home-town cemeteries. Late in the evening the men said goodbye to their wives.

The seven were no ordinary Nazis. Oswald Pohl, onetime boss of all Hitler's concentration camps (4,000,000 died in gas chambers at Auschwitz alone), had ordered the extermination of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto; Paul Blobel, Werner Braune, Otto Ohlendorf and Erich Naumann had supervised...

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