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Peiper's direct testimony on June 22, 1946

Charité:

“Did you see [Heinz] von Westernhagen at that time?” Dwinell knew that von


Westernhagen was the commander of Peiper’s improvised Tiger Battalion, SS


Heavy Panzer Battalion 501.


“Yes, I asked him about the situation in his battalion and about his casualties.”


Peiper paused, as if considering his words. “Among other things he told me in this


conference that a mix-up had happened at Ligneuville and that a rather large number


of prisoners had been shot there. He did not know any details, nor who had given


the order to do that.”


“Was this the first time that you heard of the incident he spoke about?”


“Yes,” Peiper said, and he had seen it himself. “He had passed by there,” he


recalled, but there were more pressing problems. “My road of advance from Trois


Ponts on west could not be maintained and I had to find another crossing


somewhere. . . . I decided to take the route by way of La Gleize to cross the


Ambleve southwest of there in order to get back to the main road.”


This was done speedily, Peiper told the court.


【问答节奏都飞快的,这里突然停顿了一下,还认真思考组织语言……“他不知道任何细节也不知道谁下令那样做的。”……回忆起亲眼见过的什么了呢?嗯,再次问起时转移话题也够迅速…… 感觉还是在保护猫呢ಥ_ಥ】


  Peiper’s direct testimony on June 22, 1946, told of a conversation with his Tiger battalion commander,


Heinz von Westernhagen, just outside Trois Ponts on December 18, 1944: “He told me in this conference that a


‘mix-up’ had happened at Ligneuville and that a rather large number of prisoners had been shot there. He did not


know any details nor who had given the order to do that.” Part of the Tiger battalion had come upon the scene


well after it had taken place, and von Westernhagen had communicated word to Peiper later the next day. RG


153, Case 6-24, US v. Bersin, Roll 3, Frame 000160, 1939, of courtroom proceedings.




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