Beheaded by Hitler

Beheaded by Hitler

Cruelty of the Nazis, Civilian Executions and Judicial Terror 1933-1945

Book - 2014
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From 1933 during the Nazi era when Hitler refashioned the German judicial system in line with his oppressive regime, many crimes became capital offenses which led to a drastic increase in the number of executions. In 1936, the Reich Minister of Justice, Franz Gurtner, acting upon Hitler's direction, ordered that the fallbeil, a variation on the guillotine, replace the hand ax as the official method for all civil executions throughout Germany. To meet this new demand for 'justice', many prisons were designated as execution sites and equipped with a 'Tegel Fallbeil', named after the inmates of the Tegal prison in Berlin who first built these atrocious contraptions. Beheaded by Hitler: Cruelty of the Nazis, Judicial Terror and Civilian Executions 1933-1945 provides the reader with a chilling insight into the judicial terror that took place and the harrowing stories of execution by fallbeil of civilians who were convicted of domestic resistance to the Nazi regime, treason and other offenses after so called 'trials' by the Volksgerichtshof or People's Court. This exceptionally well researched book also explains the Nazi judicial system, the prisons selected for central execution sites and the Nazi officials and executioners that carried out Hitler's cleansing.
Publisher: Fonthill Media Limited, [Oxford] : 2014
ISBN: 9781781553435
Branch Call Number: ANF 349.4309043 PATE
Characteristics: 191 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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