Martin Sommer, Nazi SS Officer known as the Hangman of Buchenwald. He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of prisoners during World War 2.
This is the testimony of a Buchenwald survivor, Andreas Pfannenberger, during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials:
punishment was to hang prisoners from trees by their arms, which were tied
behind their backs .. SOMMER hanged 30 to 40 prisoners daily in this
manner, leaving them swaying about one foot off the ground for several
was sentenced to hanging for half an hour .. I was led up to the tree. The
hanging is carried out as follows: the arms are tied with rope behind the
back, and afterwards the prisoner is raised up to the column and the rope
is tied onto a large nail fixed at a height of two meters, so that the
prisoner's feet are off the ground. All the body's weight is concentrated
on the wrists.
July 1958 Martin Sommer was tried in Bayreuth, charged and convicted of 38
murders and was sent to life imprisonment.
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