No Boxes Allowed: Fatal Crossroads.

“Parker’s research reveals the true undisputed villain in the Malmédy Massacre: SS Major Werner Poetschke, a tank commander who was basically Peiper’s second-in-command.  In a paramilitary institution already filled with thugs and brawlers, Poetschke was especially bad — a sadist who seems to have been bipolar.  Poetschke did not get along with Peiper and seemed to take delight in terrorizing civilians and even his own troops.”

 


3 thoughts on “No Boxes Allowed: Fatal Crossroads
  1. Actually the book suggests mostly the opposite: that Peiper himself issued the orders to kill the prisoners before speeding off towards the Meuse. Many testify to this, such as SS-Cpl. Paul Zwigart who was Peiper’s and Diefenthal’s own SPW driver as did others, who later fell silent due to threats received from SS veterans especially during the Schwäbisch Hall proceedings. Peiper was not to be touched and Poetschke, as a brutal volatile man who was also conveniently dead, was the perfect scapegoat to save Peiper’s ass. The investigators during the trials found out in fact that Peiper was able to pass on the message among inmates that Poetschke was to be blamed for everything since he was dead anyway, and this what they all started to say. But before that time many reports were very different, earlier statements quote Poetschke as saying the following when asked by SS Gerhard Walla about what to do with the prisoners: “we don’t bother with them [the prisoners] they are for the infantry who will come”. And even as early as February 1945 before any of the post-war investigations it was recounted all over amongst Germans that Peiper gave the order to shoot the Americans (for example so said SS-Sgt. Emmerich Bukor). And internally, Peiper was lauded and recommended for the Swords to his Oak Leaves to the Iron Cross by SS-Brig. Gen. Wilhelm Mohnke for this precise “feat” of anihilating the entire American column on December 17, according to Mohnke’s official report on December 26 after Peiper came to his CP. You see, if you read the book you will notice how reports changed over time so that Peiper could deny responsibility and blame the conveniently dead sadist Werner Poetschke. Poestchke made himself such a terrible reputation anyway he was the perfect patsy, and being dead could do nothing about it.

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