Yorkshire nostalgia: War criminals hung by Albert Pierrepoint

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On thgis day in 1945, Britain’s longest serving hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, who was born in Bradford, executed 11 Germans convictedof war crimes at the infamous Belsen Prison Camp in Germany.

The Belsen trials took place in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany in 1945 over 33 days and the defendants were men and women of the SS as well as prisoner functionaries.

Of the 44 people who stood accused, 30 were found guilty on November 16, with the death sentence being passed on 11 of them. Last minute appeals were quashed by Field Marshall Montgomery.

The gallows were built by the Royal Engineers. The eight men were hanged in pairs, simulataneously, the women walked alone.

Meanwhile, the Nuremberg Trials continued, with more evidence introduced by US prosectures, who alleged the Nazis used ‘death vans’ filled with toxix gas to kill many of their victims.

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