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6000 Jewish women, guarded in particular by Flemish, Walloon and Brussels soldiers, are eliminated, by order of Nazi Germany.
This is a crime against humanity, as proven by a German justice file
Their last travel has started: they set off on foot towards the town of Königsberg, a hundred kilometers further on. Along the way, the ladies die one by one, before reaching their destination. Then the soldiers head towards the village of Palmnicken. This is where the massacre will take place. The prisoners are taken to the beach, forcibly directed towards the freezing sea. According to Frank Seberechts, a historian from Cegesoma, a Belgian center of expertise for the history of conflicts in the 20th century, "they strafed them, they throw grenades to them. Some will not fire, but others, on the other hand, describe the pleasure they felt in executing these women in their post-war writings. Their hate knows no limits. "
The hypothesis according to which Belgian soldiers committed a crime against humanity, is corroborated by a file of 1600 pages, written by German justice in the years 1960. "There were about twenty German officers but also between 120 and 150 foreign guards from western countries. [The survivors of the massacre] said that those who fired spoke german, russian, lithuanian but also french and flemish. For us it was an incredible discovery. How people could have come from So far to kill innocent Jewish women on the other side of the continent? It was clearly indicated in these official documents that french-speaking and flemish Belgians had indeed participated in the massacre, "affirms journalist Alexys Chabounine, author of an article devoted to the Palmnicken massacre, at RTBF.
Despite a rigorous and precise compilation of the atrocities perpetrated, no judgment will be taken with regard to the crime committed. "No one has been convicted. The main accused, Fritz Weber, the SS who led the convoy, was arrested. However, in 1965 he committed suicide in prison before being tried. "No other suspects were found. But this immense report will not lead to any conviction. Neither among the Germans, nor among the Russians, nor among the Flemish, nor among the Walloons ...", concludes the journalist.
last french-speaking magazine Guerres & Histoire issue 53 of this month
31st january 1945 Belgian volunteers participated in the Palmnicken mass-murder of 6 000 female jews from the camp of Stutthof