Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941.

According to the order of the student, the residents of Kondomari were accused of killing German paratroopers, whose bodies were found near the village. On June 2, 1941, paratroopers of the 3rd Battalion, commanded by Chief Lieutenant Horst Trebes, surrounded the Condomari.
Trebs, a former member of the Hitler Youth, was the only officer in the battalion who left the battle for Crete without injury. Men, women and children were gathered in the village square, where hostages were selected from among the men, and the women and children were released. The hostages were taken to the olive grove and shot in cold blood.

Information on the number of people shot is different: according to German data, 23 men were shot (between the ages of 18 and 50), according to other data, the number of people shot is 60 people. The whole operation was filmed for the Wehrmacht for propaganda purposes by military photojournalist Franz-Peter Weixler.
The next day after the massacre in Kondomari, units of the 1st Regiment of paratroopers committed another war crime - the destruction of the town of Kandanos and the shooting of the majority of its population.

By the end of the summer of 1941, Wakesler was expelled from the Wehrmacht for political reasons. He was later accused of treason for leaking secret material relating to the activities of paratroopers in Crete, including photographs taken in Kondomari, and for the help rendered to several Cretans in flight.
Weiksler was arrested by the Gestapo, convicted and imprisoned in early 1944. In November 1945, in Nuremberg, during the hearing of Goering’s case, Weiksler gave a written testimony concerning the massacre in Kondomari. Negatives of his photographs from Kondomari were found in German archives in the early 1980s. These photos have become widely known.

After the capitulation of Germany, the Student was captured by the British. In May 1947, he appeared before a military tribunal to respond to allegations of mistreatment and murder of prisoners of war produced by his units in Crete. The Greek request for the extradition of the Student was rejected.
The student was convicted of 3 of the 8 charges and imprisoned for 5 years. However, for health reasons he was released in 1948. The student has never been convicted of crimes against the civilian population.

Horst Trebs in July 1941 was awarded the Knight's Cross for command in the assault of Crete. Three years later, in 1944, he died in Normandy.

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    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

    Holidays in sunny Greece in June 1941

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