The execution of 5 physicians.

June 2,1948 was one of those rare days where justice was actually carried out. So many who were instrumental in the murder of millions during the Holocaust, did either serve no time or very little, leave alone receiving death sentences. Even many of those who did receive a death sentence had their sentence reduced. ButContinue reading “The execution of 5 physicians.”

The few times when justice was served.

So many involved in the Nazi atrocities did get off so lightly or escaped punishment altogether. How the judges in the war crimes trials came to some of the sentences or lack thereof has always been a puzzle to me. Additionally there were also many how fled to countries where they knew they would faceContinue reading “The few times when justice was served.”

The hanging of James Pratt and John Smith- A Darker Dickens story

On the 27th of November 1835, a crowd of people gathered outside Newgate prison in the City of London to watch the first hanging there in two years. James Pratt (1805–1835) also known as John Pratt, and John Smith (1795–1835) were two London men who, in November 1835, became the last two to be executed for sodomy in England. Pratt and Smith wereContinue reading “The hanging of James Pratt and John Smith- A Darker Dickens story”

The executioner who escaped execution.

The name Johann Reichhart might not be one synonymous with Nazi Germany but his ruthless killing streak made him one of the most feared members of the regime. Reichhart was born into a line of German executioners dating back eight generations. He got his start as a judicial executioner in 1928. Johann Reichhart took 3,165 livesContinue reading “The executioner who escaped execution.”

I sentence you to death by Elephant

Execution by elephant was a common method of capital punishment in South and Southeast Asia, particularly in India, where Asian elephants were used to crush, dismember, or torture captives in public executions. The animals were trained and versatile, able to kill victims immediately or to torture them slowly over a prolonged period. Most commonly employed by royalty, the elephants were used to signify both the ruler’s absoluteContinue reading “I sentence you to death by Elephant”

Ans van Dijk-Jewish Nazi collaborator

One thing I find hard to comprehend is the collaboration of Jews with the Nazis. On one hand I can understand that they did this because of self preservation, it is a human instinct to survive at any cost, but on the other hand they must have seen the fate of their friends and families.Continue reading “Ans van Dijk-Jewish Nazi collaborator”