FRANCE: Sparing the Butcher's Life

In June 1942, as Vichy France proved unable to cope with the growing resistance against the Nazi occupation. Adolf Hitler dispatched egg-bald SS General Karl Oberg to Paris with orders to get tough. Oberg did. In the next two years as head of the Nazi security police in France, Oberg and his eagle-beaked adjutant, SS Colonel Helmuth Knochen, were responsible for the execution of more than 1,000 French hostages, the execution of underground resistance fighters at Mont Valérien and at the Cascade in Paris' beautiful park, the Bois de Boulogne, the extermination of hundreds of the Maquis, the destruction...

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