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The Resource Murder and martial justice: : spying and retribution in World War II America, Meredith Lentz Adams

Murder and martial justice: : spying and retribution in World War II America, Meredith Lentz Adams

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Murder and martial justice: : spying and retribution in World War II America
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Murder and martial justice:
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spying and retribution in World War II America
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Meredith Lentz Adams
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eng
Summary
During World War II, the United States maintained two secret interrogation camps in violation of the Geneva Convention-one just south of Washington, D.C., and the other near San Francisco. German POWs who passed through these camps briefed their fellow prisoners, warning them of turncoats who were helping the enemy-the United States-pry secrets from them. One of these turncoats, Werner Drechsler, was betrayed and murdered by those he spied on. U.S. military authorities reacted harshly to Drechsler's death, even though he was not the first captive to be assassinated by his fellow POWs. How had military intelligence been compromised? Were fanatical Nazis terrorizing their countrymen on American soil? Would Hitler take reprisals against the GIs he held if the United States did not protect the German POWs from violence and death while confined at the interrogation camps? At one of the secret camps, U.S. officials forced Drechsler's seven murderers to confess. The next problem faced by authorities was how to court-martial them when their confessions were legally invalid. Their secret trial was stage-managed to deliver death sentences while apparently complying with U.S. and international law. This presented U.S. authorities with further problems. The Geneva Convention entitled the prisoners' governments to the full facts about their crimes, trials, and sentencing. Despite escalating German complaints, the War Department adopted a policy of giving as little information as possible about any of the several POW murder trials in order to avoid releasing inconvenient facts about the Drechsler case. Unsurprisingly, the Reich began sentencing GIs to death. Gambling with American lives, the War Department stalled every German attempt to trade these men for the convicted German murderers until the war ended. Every American was saved; every German but one was hanged. The Drechsler case foreshadows current controversies: creative circumvention of the Geneva Convention, secret interrogation centers, torture, and the consequent problem of how to provide a fair trial to prisoners coerced into self-incrimination. Author Meredith Lentz Adams sees a familiar pattern of cover-ups, leading to difficulties with public and international relations. In contrast to recent policies, she points out how leaders during World War II felt constrained by their respect for Geneva and by fear of retribution against their own soldiers. Murder and Martial Justice is a fascinating and provocative book that will appeal to those with an interest in World War II, POWs, international law, foreign policy, and true crime history
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1938-
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Adams, Meredith Lentz
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940.54/87430973
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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True crime history series
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Germans
  • Spies
  • Murder
  • Retribution
  • Prisoners of war
  • Torture
  • Executions and executioners
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adult
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Murder and martial justice: : spying and retribution in World War II America, Meredith Lentz Adams
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9781612775180
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Murder and martial justice: : spying and retribution in World War II America, Meredith Lentz Adams
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Publication
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier.
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT11753557
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9781612775180
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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MWT11753557
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remote
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11753557
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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