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A Peculiar Crusade: Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy by James J. Weingartner

By James J. Weingartner

In the wake of global conflict II, seventy four contributors of the Nazi SS have been accused of a battle crime--soon to be referred to as the Malmedy Massacre--in which numerous American prisoners of battle have been murdered in the course of the conflict of the Bulge. all the German defendants have been stumbled on in charge and greater than part have been sentenced to death.

Yet none was once performed and, a decade later, all have been published from criminal. This end result resulted basically from the dogged efforts of Willis M. Everett, Jr., a fashionable Atlanta lawyer who jeopardized his prestige as a member of the social elite to protect with nice zeal and dedication the accused Germans.

James Weingartner deals clean insights into the most debatable episodes of global struggle II and within the strategy casts new gentle at the frequently convoluted politics of battle crimes justice.

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Who is sitting behind the front line? The Jews! Who gets killed in action in France? The American soldier! ”19 Everett queried Camp Shelby’s director of security and intelligence and was assured that the sergeant in command of the car had seen nothing. 20 Fear of black “sedition” by army intelligence officers in the South was, not surprisingly, intense. Agents in Jackson, Mississippi, placed a Ba’hai reading room under surveillance on the grounds that the sect contributed to unrest among the “Negro” population by preaching a doctrine of social equality.

One trillion times more than I did 23 or 24 years ago”), but combined with depression rooted in a sense of failure or inadequacy as a husband. This was nothing new, but the rift seems to have been intensified by separation. For her part, Mary clearly suspected him of taking advantage of his sojourn in New York for romantic adventures, and Everett was at pains to reassure her. He was too busy and too old for such things, he wrote, and he missed her desperately. But, at the same time, he questioned his wife’s devotion to him.

The United States had entered the war early in the third year of the conflict and had suffered casualties that, although significant, were the lightest of those for any of the major participants (the deaths of Americans attributable to the war had been about 1 percent of those suffered by the Soviet Union and between 7 THE WORLD BEYOND ATLANTA 33 and 8 percent of those sustained by Germany, although only slightly fewer than those experienced by the United Kingdom). Foreign armies had not invaded the continental territory of the United States, nor had enemy air forces bombed American cities and factories.

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