War Crimes: The Gross Gerau Incident

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War, MIA, & Internees' started by BMBazooka, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    Susanne, Thanks to Jaap's quick work we know Maxine is no longer alive. I PMed you Michael's address. The obit Jaap posted also gives a couple of other names we can try to followup on if needed.

    Maybe Doug wants to followup with Michael.
     
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  2. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    The Purkey family came originaly from Hammond, Indiana. Only Harvey lives in Flint,Ohio
     

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  3. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    Marylin tried it with Michael Stamas. He did not respond.
    Still no answer from the Evans family.
    Your help is very much appreciated.
     
  4. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    More Robert Newsbigle
     

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  5. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    Marylin got in contact with the Evans family. :) Things are going on!
     
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  6. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    The photo of 2nd Lt Charles H Evans, Jr., ASN O-716290 used by "Fields of Honor" http://www.fieldsofhonor-database.c...cemetery-margraten-e/51617-evans-charles-h-jr originated here http://www.wwiimemorial.com/Registry/Search.aspx to http://www.wwiimemorial.com/Registry/plaque.aspx?honoreeID=110416 contributed by his sister Thel Sherrett. Click on the photo for a larger image.

    His original enlistment on 30 June 1942, ASN: 13087300 is here https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record...l&tf=F&q=13087300&bc=sd&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=82394 impossible to find the way NARA spelled his name; without the attached Vet Comp application.

    Edit: Lt Evans findagrave memorial has been updated with photos https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56298552 one must click on the photos for bio captions.

    Perhaps the new Evans family contacts can provide a larger image and hopefully more photos not yet seen.
    2nd Lt Charles H Evans, Jr., ASN O-716290 [f].jpg
     

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  7. Airwar

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  8. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Jaap,
    Is it known who has adopted (if anyone) the grave of Lt. Evans at Margraten? If yes is it permitted to make public the name of this caretaker?
    Scott
     
  9. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

    Scott, Yes the Adoption Graves Commision has all names of the caretakers. You or I can send them an email.
    They will ask the caretaker if he or she will made contakt with you or me. They dont giving adresses to third
    only to family of the buried soldier. Its the Privacy-law. Let me know by PM what you want to do.

    Jaap
     
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  10. Airwar

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  11. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    Due to all your help contact to the Purkey, Evans and Vlahos family has been made!
     
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  13. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Susanne,
    Am I understanding this correctly that Luftwaffe, Stabsfeldwebel -(StFw)-(M/Sgt.) Georg Sturm (POW escort) was the actual murderer of Lt Evans and Sgt Purkey. And that two other Nazi civilians had already (earlier) been tried, convicted and executed for this crime? Now StFw Sturm has been tried and convicted of the actual murder but is only sentenced to three (3) years of imprisonment? What happened did the Americans run out of rope for hangings?
    Scott
     
  14. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    Good question! Unfortunately I did not order this file but will add it, with the incident in Trebur, which is connected to the Rüsselsheim case.
    Fachinger always pleaded that he was innocent.
    He delivered a beaten british air man to Darmstadt two days before and behaved absolutely correct. This british air man was beaten heaviley but survived. And he met the Trebur Crew (Stonebraker, shot down on mission to Ludwigshafen) on the way to the Interrogation Center.
    Today another 2 british air men popped up in the files, with unknown fate, connected to Groß-Gerau.
    Fachinger was sentenced because people heard him given Flauaus the order to kill both.
     
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  15. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    As for the ropes: This man was believed to be poisened by kerosine.
    I cannot understand the sentence, but I need the files!
     
  16. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Thank you, most interesting. The accused StFw Sturm was supposedly suffering from gasoline induced lead poisoning causing him to be mentally not stable or responsible for his actions (resulting in a light sentence) for killing Evans and Purkey.
    However other witness testimony makes it clear that StFw Sturm had the presence of mind to change out of his Luftwaffe uniform trousers as to not be identified as a soldier. If the witnesses here are telling the truth about Sturm.

    Maybe by this late date enough rope had already been stretched.
     
  17. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    I doubt that there was any poisoning by gasoline. If somebody behaved like that. Ben Ferencz was the one who lead the investigation. In an interview with Dean Minow (don't we have that on page 1?) he tells the story of the trousers.
    I have to order the files on monday. Still the first haven't arrived yet.
     
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  18. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    But one thing I got to know: They put both dead air men on the Groß-Gerau cemetary on the next day.
    Still waiting for the IDPFs as well.
     
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  19. BMBazooka

    BMBazooka Active Member

    Sturm, born 1912, died in 1983. He is buried in Wallerstädten.
     
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  20. 25Kingman49

    25Kingman49 Well-Known Member

    Interesting that Sturm was a local, Wallerstädten only two miles from Groß-Gerau.
     

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