"Heuer, decorated with Knights' Cross of the Iron Cross on 22 April 1945 during the final battle of Berlin, had become a police investigator after the war. Wearing his police uniform, Heuer questioned the people of Leisenwald and Waldensberg and learned that his brother-in-law had been one of eighty or so men holed up inside a barn who refused to surrender to the Americans. Finally, the Nord men and other German troops from Heer and Luftwaffe had emerged with hands held high. The Americans, apparently in a fit of pique, ordered the men to form two lines and then shot the Germans dead - all at one time. The villagers claimed that many of the American perpetratords were Black Soldiers 
An incensed Heuer immediately filed charges against persons unknown, but nothing came of the matter. The fledgling German government that had emerged after the Third Reich did not want to antagonize the Americans authorities with such investigation. 
Nearly ten years passed before the issue of a massacre at Leisenwald and Waldensberg surfaced again. Without warning, the Volksbund Deutscher Kriegsgraeberfuersorge (German War Graves Commission) arrived in Leisenwald in 1961 with a team and began exhuming the dead Nord men from local cemeteries. The commission intended to move the graves to the war cemetery in Schluechtern.
The team exhumed thirty-four skeletons. Of these, twenty-three had clearly been shot in head. The average ages of the men between twenty-five and thirty-five years. The team labeled each unnamed corpse (only one body was identified) from U-223 to U-256, followed by a detailed description of the head wound. The revelation that a massacre had possibly occured based on eyewitness accounts and the physical evidence available prompted the commission to dig deeper into the mystery. The German officials were more likely to press the issue in 1961 than in 1952. Heinz Heuer even returned to the scene and attempted to invigorate the investigatory effort.
It would be interesting if anyone could access the West German police investigation files as well as the investigation efforts by the German War Graves Commission regarding the murdered SS men at Leisenwald. There is a book waiting to be written regarding Allied war crimes during the interregnum period of Germany based on the archives of West German police investigation files as well as German War Graves Commission own efforts on documenting the German war dead