Category Archives: World War II

‘Butcher of Lyon’ Klaus Barbie found guilty 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 3 1987)

Video: 'July 3, 1987: Butcher of Lyon'

(Friday, July 3, 1987)Klaus Barbie, the 73-year-old former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted early today by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. Continue reading ‘Butcher of Lyon’ Klaus Barbie found guilty 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 3 1987)

28 former Japanese officials go on trial in Tokyo as war criminals 70 years ago today (Apr 29 1946)

Video: 'Japanese war criminals go on trial in Tokyo Newsreel'

(Monday, April 29, 1946, during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East) — Former Japanese Prime Ministers Hideki Tojo (1941–44), Kiichiro Hiranuma (1939), Koki Hirota (1936–37) and Kuniaki Koiso (1944–45), and 24 co-defendants were indicted today in Tokyo for war crimes, ranging from the murder of thousands of Americans at Pearl Harbor, to conspiracy “to secure military, naval, political and economic domination of the whole world.”

All of the surviving members of Tojo’s cabinet members were included in the 55 count indictment.

Vera Brittain informed of her fiancé’s death at Western Front 100 years ago today (Dec 26 1915)

Video: '1914~1918. A BBC History of the Great War: 3. Total War' (Dec. 26, 1915, at 15:27)

(Sunday, December 26, 1915, during World War I)Vera Brittain, a 21-year-old nurse in the British Red Cross who would become a famous author and feminist after the war, was informed today that her fiancé Roland Leighton, who had been given Christmas leave, had died Dec. 23, 1915, of wounds sustained in battle at the Western Front in France.

War crimes court at Nuremberg sees horror films 70 years ago today (Nov 29 1945)

Video: 'Nuremberg Day 8 Concentration Camp Film'

(Thursday, November 29, 1945; during the Nuremberg trials) — Tearing away the sanctimonious mask behind which the German leaders had cloaked their evil acts and intentions, the American prosecution presented today before the International Military Tribunal a one-hour nightmare in motion pictures depicting the fear and terror and the nameless horror of the concentration camps that, the prosecution charges, were an integral part of their hold on the German people.