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Capture of Julius Streicher

Discussion in 'Concentration, Death Camps and Crimes Against Huma' started by Class of '42, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    A Holocaust survivor, whose mother and sister were killed in the genocide, said he locked a powerful Nazi prisoner in a shed for three days, made him strip naked and “pissed” on his face".

    “I told him, from now on, you sleep naked on this cold floor. You will not move,” Werner Meritz said.

    “And with that, I pissed all over him. Terrible thing to tell you. His head and everywhere. … I said, you’re just to lie there to get some sense of what you Nazis did to the Jews.”

    The captured Nazi was Julius Streicher, a friend and protégé of Adolf Hitler and the publisher of the notorious anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer from 1923-45. His tormentor was one of a number of Jewish refugees from Europe who were recruited by the American military to interrogate Nazi prisoners during World War II.

    After spending three months at Buchenwald in 1938, Meritz came to the United States and worked on a secret project for two years. He then travelled to Europe near the end of the war to track down and interrogate Nazis there.

    When he captured Streicher, Meritz “flipped out,” according to sources.

    Trembling and crying with rage, Werner said he told his fellow soldiers he was going to exact vengeance.

    “I was enraged. I was trembling. There were tears in my eyes that I had captured this guy. I had him to myself,” he said.

    “I explained to the MPs, I’m gonna do things, you probably think I’m crazy. And you wanna know something? I am crazy. I’m crazed. I captured a Nazi of unbelievable mischief. … I’m gonna do what I have to do.”

    After three days of feeding Streicher only potato skins that he had also urinated on, Mertiz finally handed his prisoner off to American officers. Streicher was later one of 11 Nazis sentenced to death at the Nuremberg trials, he was hanged on 16 Oct 1946 for crimes against humanity..

    The records of Streicher’s capture are “spotty and contradictory,” and usually someone else is credited with capturing him, such as Major Blitt and a small detachment of the 101st Airborne Division. But an expert at the National Archives told her he thought Werner could have done what he said he did.
     
  2. the_diego

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    Well, this was one instance wherein I disagreed with the Nuremberg Tribunal's verdict. He was a lewd and vociferous writer. It's possibly true that he incited genocide among Germans. But we know his activities ended long before the final solution. And the holocaust wasn't committed or even encouraged by the German population. It was decided by Hitler and his inner circle. So why sentence to death a man with an IQ scarcely above average, who managed to say and write the things he did all because he had Hitler's favor?
     
  3. bronk7

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    ..well, it appears he did incite genocide = I'd say that's pretty bad .....he made his own bed
     
  4. Kai-Petri

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    Streicher was acquitted of crimes against peace, but found guilty of crimes against humanity, and sentenced to death on 1 October 1946. The judgment against him read, in part:

    "For his 25 years of speaking, writing and preaching hatred of the Jews, Streicher was widely known as 'Jew-Baiter Number One.' In his speeches and articles, week after week, month after month, he infected the German mind with the virus of anti-Semitism, and incited the German people to active persecution. ... Streicher's incitement to murder and extermination at the time when Jews in the East were being killed under the most horrible conditions clearly constitutes persecution on political and racial grounds in connection with war crimes, as defined by the Charter, and constitutes a crime against humanity."

    Julius Streicher - Wikipedia
     
  5. the_diego

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    "Streicher's incitement to murder and extermination at the time when Jews in the East were being killed under the most horrible conditions clearly constitutes persecution on political and racial grounds in connection with war crimes, as defined by the Charter, and constitutes a crime against humanity."

    Lemme show this to a lawyer.

    Addendum: I suddenly thought of our country's national hero Jose Rizal, who was executed mainly for writing two novels. Not particularly inflammatory, or even a literary masterpiece; but far better than Streicher's drivel.
     

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