By Lynn Austin
They watched their sons, their brothers, and their husbands enlist to struggle a growing to be threat around the seas. And while their state requested, they spoke back the decision to boot. Virginia longs to discover a goal past others expectancies. Helen is pushed via a loneliness funds can't satisfy. Rosa is desirous to flee her in-laws ideas. Jean hopes to end up herself in a man's international. below the typhoon clouds of destruction that threaten the USA in the course of the early 1940's, this not going amassing of girls will adventure lifestyles in occasionally starling new methods as their ideals are challenged and so they fight towards a brand new realizing of what love and sacrifice really suggest.
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The masses of corpses and flocks of starving inmates were so unbelievable that Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton, and Omar Bradley all visited the camp personally to bear witness. 35 General Eisenhower exclaimed that every American soldier should visit the camp to be reminded of what he had been fighting for. “Up to that time,” Eisenhower later recalled, “I had known about [such crimes] only generally or through secondary sources . . ”36 The outrage that the scenes at Ohrdruf inspired in Eisenhower prompted an immediate order to increase the size of the SHAEF war crimes operation.
Such a scene, however, would prove to be anomalous. Within a few days of the trial’s opening, the courtroom had emptied, as Goering, Hess, and other top-ranking Nazis stole the spotlight at Nuremberg. As the forty defendants named in Denson’s indictment were led into the courtroom, each received a numbered card for the purposes of identification. 119 The defendants were a diverse group, ranging in age from eighteen to seventy-four, and in position from kapo to commandant. The two charges and the accompanying particulars designed by the prosecution to send these men to the gallows reflected the wisdom gained from studying the precedents set and strategies employed in earlier military trials.
However, these objections and challenges to the particulars were ruled “technical” and ignored. S. Army • 39 The extent to which military commissions were willing to overlook technical abnormalities in the course of the cases they heard was made clear most dramatically with the trial of Justus Gerstenberg, at Ludwigsburg. Gerstenberg, an uneducated member of Hitler’s paramilitary Storm Troopers (SA), was ultimately sentenced to death for the killing of American airman Willard Holden in July 1944.