Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vienna memorial to victims of Nazi military justice

Tomorrow Austria will dedicate a memorial in Vienna to those deserters and others who were executed by the military justice system under the Nazi regime for deserting or refusing to serve. According to this report, "Nazi military justice handed out more than 30,000 death sentences to soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians." Taking part in the Ballhausplatz ceremony will be Austrian President Heinz Fischer and 92-year-old Richard Wadani (above), one of the few surviving Wehrmacht deserters. Similar memorials are being planned for Linz and Bregenz.

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