April 1, 2014 Subject:
"Altogether more disturbing, however, were the methods employed to extract statements
and "confessions" at Nuremberg, particularly those from S.S. officers which were used to
support the extermination charge. The American Senator, Joseph McCarthy, in a statement
given to the American Press on May 20th, 1949, drew attention to the following cases of torture
to secure such confessions. In the prison of the Swabisch Hall, he stated, officers of the S.S.
Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler were flogged until they were soaked in blood, after which their sexual
organs were trampled on as they lay prostrate on the ground. As in the notorious Malmedy
Trials of private soldiers, the prisoners were hoisted in the air and beaten until they signed the
confessions demanded of them. On the basis of such "confessions" extorted from S.S. Generals
Sepp Dietrich and Joachim Peiper, the Leibstandarte was convicted as a "guilty organisation".
S.S. General Oswald Pohl, the economic administrator of the concentration camp system, had
his face smeared with faeces and was subsequently beaten until he supplied his confession. In
dealing with these cases, Senator McCarthy told the Press: "I have heard evidence and read
documentary proofs to the effect that the accused persons were beaten up, maltreated and
physically tortured by methods which could only be conceived in sick brains. They were
subjected to mock trials and pretended executio
ns, they were told their families would be
deprived of their ration cards. All these things were carried out with the approval of the Public
Prosecutor in order to secure the psychological atmosphere necessary for the extortion of the
required confessions. If the United States lets such acts committed by a few people go
unpunished, then the whole world can rightly criticise us severely and forever doubt the
correctness of our motives and our moral integrity."