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Grootendorst wrote:Well, the original fallbeil was shipped to Berlin Zeughaus and in Brandenburg Gorden they have to build another one for the museum at that place. I read this in this part of the forum!
switzerland wrote:I know that Hitler thought that decapitation was a particularly dehumanizing execution method and resultantly he ordered its implementation by judges such as Roland Freisler who to gain Hitler's favor usually ordered death sentences carried out this way with the example of the 'Weiße Rose' group. To end it all, the families of the executed men received the bill for the execution. More people were guillotined during the war by these 'people's courts' than were in the French Revolution.
Pete26 wrote:I wonder why only some memorials have the fallbeils installed in their original location, while others do not, even if the original fallbeils are still in existence and displayed in a museum elsewhere. In my opinion, the Vienna fallbeil should be displayed in its original location, same for Plotzensee if the fallbeil presently at the Brandenburg prison is the authentic one.
The same goes for the Wolfenbuttel prison memorial. It almost seems that in some cases, the prison officials could not wait to get rid of the fallbeil so they gave it to the first museum that was interested.
What I do not understand is how the assistants could so quickly move the body/head away and prepare the machine for a subsequent execution. I understand a special type of wagon (?) was used at Pancraz...and you seem to be our Pancraz expert. Do you know anything about this? I think it is supposed to be pictured in one of the old photos.
Pete26 wrote:[...] Here is a picture of what that tub most likely looked like:
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