The Accused in the Malmedy Massacre Case
U.S. versus Valentin Bersin, et al

(May 12-July 16, 1946)


A total of 75 German Waffen-SS soldiers were charged with war crimes following the Malmedy Massacre during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. One of them, Arvid Freimuth, committed suicide before the proceedings began. The charges were dropped against another of the accused, Marcel Boltz, because he was a French citizen who was recruited into the Waffen-SS after Germany annexed the province of Alsace into Greater Germany in 1940. In the end, 73 of the original 75 were brought before an American Military Tribunal at Dachau in the case of U.S. vs Valentin Bersin et al. The proceedings started on May 12, 1946 and the verdicts were read on July 16, 1946. All 73 of the accused were convicted. Their names are listed below.

Bersin, Valentin
Bode, Friedel
Braun, Willi
Briesemeister, Kurt
Christ, Friedrich
Clotten, Roman
Coblenz, Manfred
Diefenthal, Josef
Dietrich, Josef
Eckmann, Fritz
Fischer, Arndt
Fleps, Georg
Friedrichs, Heinz
Gebauer, Fritz
Godicke, Heinz
Goldschmidt, Ernst
Gruhle, Hans
Hammerer, Max
Hecht, Armin
Hendel, Willi
Hennecke, Hans
Hillig, Hans
Hoffmann, Heinz
Hoffmann, Joachim
Huber, Hubert
Jaekel, Siegfried
Junker, Benoni
Kies, Friedel
Knittel, Gustav
Kotzur, Georg
Krämer, Fritz
Klingelhoefer, Oskar
Kuehn, Werner
Maute, Erich
Mikolaschek, Arnold
Motzheim, Anton
Meunkemer, Erich
Neve, Gustav
Ochmann, Paul Hermann
Peiper, Joachim
Pletz, Hans
Preuss, Georg
Priess, Hermann
Rau, Fritz
Rauh, Theo
Rehagel, Heinz
Reiser, Rolf
Richter, Wolfgang
Rieder, Max
Ritzer, Rolf
Rodenburg, Axel
Rumpf, Erich
Schaefer, Willi
Von Schamier, Willi
Schwambach, Rudolf
Sickel, Kurt
Siegmund, Oswald
Sievers, Franz
Siptrott, Hans
Sprenger, Gustac
Sternebeck, Werner
Stickel, Heinz
Stock, Herbert
Szyperski, Erwin
Tomczak, Edmund
Tomhardt, Heinz
Tonk, August
Trettin, Hans
Wassenberger, Johann
Weis, Guenther
Werner, Erich
Wichmann, Otto
Zwigart, Paul


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