A Peculiar Crusade
Willis M. Everett and the Malmedy MassacreeBook - 2000
In the wake of World War II, 74 members of the Nazi SS were accused of a war crime--soon to be known as the Malmedy Massacre--in which a large number of American prisoners of war were murdered during the Battle of the Bulge. All of the German defendants were found guilty and more than half were sentenced to death.
Yet none was executed and, a decade later, all had been released from prison. This outcome resulted primarily from the dogged efforts of Willis M. Everett, Jr., a prominent Atlanta attorney who jeopardized his status as a member of the social elite to defend with great zeal and commitment the accused Germans.
James Weingartner offers fresh insights into one of the most controversial episodes of World War II and in the process casts new light on the often convoluted politics of war crimes justice.
Willis M. Everett, Jr., a prominent Atlanta attorney, jeopardized his status as a member of the social elite to defend German members of the Nazi SS accused of a war crime in which a large number of American prisoners of war were murdered. Partially fuelled by an antisemitism that viewed the flaws in the investigation as signs of Jewish vengefulness, Everett was also deeply impressed by a major German defendant in the trial. Their bizarre relationship forms an intriguing component of this narrative. Includes b&w historical photos. Weingartner teaches history at Southern Illinois University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)