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This is an excellent book. Mr. Greene took a lot of information and research and wove this into a masterful story. My 85 year old grandmother is a Denson, and I gave it to her for Thanksgiving and she was thrilled.
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I'm looking for information on my Uncle Russell Gaby. He was captured near the Moder River in late Jan 45. The 222nd Company E Unit history mentions his and other members capture and liberation from Dachau...any information anyone can relay would add to his service record. Thanks, Joe Dague
Do you have additional information about the Nordhausen War Chimes trials, or have contact with anyone involved? Thank you. B McCann email@example.com
My dad, Bill Spenner, PVT 1st Class, 42nd Rainbow Division was there at Dachau as a guard for the prisoners. He talked about the experiences and we were all glued to him as he spoke. I am so glad you have written this book and am looking forward to reading it to find out even more. He passed away yesterday, 2/21/06 and will be greatly missed. Thank you, Lois Jensen Loving Daughter
What was the role of the 63rd Infantry Division in Dachau?
My Grandfather - Raymond J Heilman was group inspector of 7708 WCG from 2/47-5/48. Can you provide me with some guidance as to where I can find details of activities? My understanding is that he was Group inspector & then chief of the Isolated Atrocities section. I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
My father was a member of the 6th Tank Destroyer Group, which was stationed at Dachau soon after the war ended. He spoke fluent Pennsylvania Dutch (a dialect of German) and was put in charge of a woodshop at the Dachau facility. I was wondering if any of the author's research identified any of the American units stationed there after the war and what other day to day activities would have been going besides the trials. Rob Haldeman email@example.com
my dad was in the 42nd rainbow division of the u.s. army there to liberate dachau, but while out on night duty, his jeep ran over an anti tank mine, he was blown up, his jeep up in a tree. he was taken to the cemetery to be buried but was discovered by a nurse to be alive. he was operated on, lost most of his left hand and was in a body cast for over a year. he had a camp named after him by his buddies, camp george a tozzi. he passed away sept 9, 2004. he was so very proud to be in the rainbow division, and we his family are proud of him too!
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I really enjoyed reading your book. I am a student of WWII but I must admit I didn't know much about the Dachau portion of the war crimes trials or anything about Mr. Denson, a remarkable man. Reading the book was an eye opening experience and the way our government ended up commuting many of the sentences was, in my opinion, a travesty of justice for all of the victims of the Nazi's. Thank you for writing this book. A couple of questions. On page 16 you refer to Luciien Truscott as a Colonel. In WWII he was a general. Is this a typo or was he reduced to a permanent rank at the end of the war? On page 16 you refer to Lucius Clay as a general, yet on page 310 he is refered to as Lt. Colonel. Was this his rank before he succeeded General Eisenhower or is this a typo?
Joshua Greene's interesting book "Justice at Dachau," when contrasted with Joseph Persico's "Nuremburg," creates deep questions. Perhaps the most obvious contrast is in the fact that the IMT at Nuremburg was not really "military." The American, British and French justices put on military rank for the sole purpose of the trials. Afterwards they returned to their civilian judgeships. They did not think like soldiers and were not as determined as the eight-officer courts presiding in Dachau to get convictions. Three of 22 defendants walked, compared to zero out of 177 of those prosecuted by Lieutenant Colonel William Denson. This might be attributed to the top Nazis' less intimate contact with death camps, the court's acceptance of the "common design" argument (considerably looser than that used at Nuremburg), or the absence of an interrogator at Nuremburg as skilled as Paul Guth; but I am convinced the principal cause is simply that the officers sitting in judgment wanted to be able to hold their heads up among fellow officers. Members of courts-martial score no reputation points for acquitals, and acquitals coming out of the forthcoming military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay will be a real surprise. Jason Galbraith Law student, University of Tulsa 7957 South Yale Avenue, apt. A Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136 email@example.com
Your mention of the 4th Armored Division on page 13 brought back memories of my visit to Ohrdruf in April 1945. Assigned to Division Hq. I can still see the partly covered lime pit with the emaciated bodies. Sam Warm 57 Old Orchard Lane, Ocean, NJ 07712 732 493 1889 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org