Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by askropp » 27 Oct 2014 09:25

PS: The Soviet files (according to Bezborodova) say that Küpper was captured after the Kurland surrender on May 9.
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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by johnnyfarragut » 09 Apr 2016 16:40

Regarding Friedrich Jeckeln's interrogation and trial: Almost all of his interrogation sessions were conducted by a Major Zwetajew, a section head in the NKVD intelligence service. A Soviet interpreter was also in attendance. Physical torture does not obviously appear to have been used to elicit statements from Jeckeln. At the end of each session Jeckeln would carefully sign the agreed minutes of interrogation. The steadiness of the signatures throughout pages of interrogation does not suggest the prisoner’s significant physical or mental deterioration. However, photographs at Jeckeln’s trial show that cold and hunger had clearly taken a toll on his physique, and the pattern of interrogations was intended to break down his resistance. Between 13 December 1945 and 21 January 1946 Jeckeln was interrogated 29 times, the majority of interrogations occurring between 22 December and 4 January. Interrogations could begin at almost any time day or night and last from 45 min to almost 11 h. Sleep deprivation and constant pressure applied during 13 days of intensive interrogations, backed by the near certainty in Jeckeln’s mind that his execution was a certainty no matter what he did or said, were sufficient to ensure the compliance of the former SS officer.

At his trial on 3 February Jeckeln appeared in the dock with a number of other German officers. His officer’s uniform had been shorn of all decoration and symbol. In the dock alongside Jeckeln were some of the leading figures in the German occupation of North Russia: Generalleutnant Siegfried Ruff, Generalleutnant Wolfgang von Ditfurth, Generalleutnant Albrecht Baron Digeon von Monteton, Generalmajor Friedrich Werther, General Bronislaw Pawel and Generalmajor Hans Kupper. The courtroom examination of each was cursory, and their guilt was quickly pronounced. They were led away and hung publicly before an audience of several thousand soldiers and civilians. Jeckeln’s boots were taken as a souvenir by one of the onlookers.

(Source: G. H. Bennett: Exploring the World of the Second and Third Tier Men in the Holocaust: The Interrogation of Friedrich Jeckeln: Engineer and Executioner; Liverpool Law Rev (2011) 32:1–18)

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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by ansata1976 » 02 Sep 2017 23:31

Ludger wrote:Hi Ansata,

are you sure about Georg Sauer as commander of KL Kaiserwald? According to my information the commander of Kaiserwald was SS-Stubaf. Albert Sauer.

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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by steve248 » 03 Sep 2017 08:26

Definitely Albert Sauer not Georg Sauer at KL Kaiserwald.
see earlier posts /viewtopic.php?t=135409

The fact that Jeckeln's uniform was bereft of all insignia appears to have been 'de rigeur' across all the Allied nations who captured Germans in uniform. Whether an enlisted man or a General.

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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by Max Williams » 04 Sep 2017 09:09

I believe Karl Wolff was an exception. He was allowed to wear his General rank epaulettes in court.
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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by trespasser07 » 15 Feb 2019 19:47

Does anyone know where Jeckeln had his headquarters in Riga during his role there?
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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by von thoma » 15 Feb 2019 20:58

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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by trespasser07 » 15 Feb 2019 22:59

Thank you sir, dont suppose you know about Prutzmann’s in Kiev also?
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Re: Friedrich Jeckeln on Riga Trial, 1946

Post by AJK » 17 Feb 2020 03:15

Regarding Generalleutnatnt Wolfgang von Ditfurth: today I heard an anecdote from someone who has a friend who works as a guide at the Museum of Occupation in Riga. This guide told my friend that apparently one of the generals who was condemned to death during the Riga Trial was too ill to be executed, so the Russians selected someone else (apparently at random), dressed him in the general's uniform and hanged him in his stead. Since it now appears that von Ditfurth was not actually hanged but died from illness, if there is any truth to this anecdote then it would be him who was hanged "in effigy". I have no way of determining the accuracy of this account, but am sharing this in case anyone else has any input.

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