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htk wrote:wasn't there a queue at the bloody nights at plotzenzee (sept 43) ?
fredric wrote:htk wrote:wasn't there a queue at the bloody nights at plotzenzee (sept 43) ?
Yes. Rev. Poelchau and others have described this execution. Condemned brought out in batches of 8. Long silent lines waiting in the dark as Poelchau blessed them before they were hanged. I also have a description of another large scale execution in Plotz where the writer, an artist observing the scene from a window, said the prisoners had to strip to their underwear, neatly fold and stack their clothes and wait, shivering, in a long line outside the execution shed. As a name was read the prisoner was led into the shed, heard the summary execution sentence and the scharfrichter did the rest with his fallbeil. And the line grew shorter. Intervals of about every 2-3 minutes until all were gone.
I recall seeing a painting in the Bendlerblock Memorial Center, Berlin, that showed a line of condemned women on their way to the execution building.
I also have heard the stories about the condemned in Nazi prisons sitting just separated from the fallbeil by a curtain until their name was read. Fernand Meysonnier, borreau of Algiers, also says that the condemned in Algiers sometimes had to sit only a short distance from the guillotine which was hidden by a curtain, until their name was read. The terror on their faces was incredible. It is altogether plausible that the only way to carry out the massive sentences was by lining up the the prisoners...and having guards keep the lines orderly...processing them like cattle in a slaughterhouse.
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