30 August 2015

0048 | Photo | Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland" (mot.)



Execution of hostages in Pančevo. On 21 and 22 April 1941, in Pančevo, because of their (alleged) involvement in the attack on German troops and the illegal possession of weapons, 18 people were shot – and 18 more were hanged, in retaliation for the same attack (that is, for one killed and one wounded German soldier), and also for (allegedly) acting hostile against ethnic Germans. The court-martial that sentenced these 36 people (mainly Serbs) to death was formed at the request of the city commander, Lieutenant Colonel Fritz Bandelow (commander of the IV Battalion, Infantry Regiment "Großdeutschland"), and the presiding judge was SS-Sturmbannführer Rudolf Hoffmann of the SS Division "Reich". The shooting was carried out by the members of the "Großdeutschland" Regiment and the hanging by the local Germans. Pictured, an officer of the Infantry Regiment "Großdeutschland" finishes off the survivors after the shooting at the Orthodox cemetery, in the company of an officer of the SS Division "Reich".

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Gerhard Gronefeld.
Date: 22 April 1941.
Location: Pančevo, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: Deutsches Historisches Museum, GG 388/16.

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Pogubljenje talaca u Pančevu. Dana 21. i 22. aprila 1941. godine, u Pančevu je zbog (navodnog) učešća u napadu na nemačku vojsku i nedozvoljenog posedovanja oružja streljano 18 lica – i obešeno još 18, u cilju odmazde za isti napad (odnosno za jednog ubijenog i jednog ranjenog nemačkog vojnika), kao i zbog (navodnog) vršenja nasilja nad folksdojčerima. Preki sud koji je ovih 36 ljudi (većinom Srba) osudio na smrt formiran je po zahtevu komandanta grada, potpukovnika Frica Bandelova (komandant IV bataljona Pešadijskog puka "Velika Nemačka"), a predsedavajući sudija je bio SS-šturmbanfirer Rudolf Hofman iz SS-divizije "Rajh". Streljanje su izvršili pripadnici puka "Velika Nemačka", a vešanje domaći Nemci. Na slici, oficir Pešadijskog puka "Velika Nemačka" dokrajčuje preživele posle streljanja na pravoslavnom groblju, u društvu oficira SS-divizije "Rajh".

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Gerhard Gronefeld.
Datum: 22. april 1941.
Mesto: Pančevo, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: Deutsches Historisches Museum, GG 388/16.

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