Joachim Peiper was sentenced to death by hanging on 16 July 1946

Joachim Peiper receiving his death sentence
Peiper was sentenced to death by hanging and accepted the decision stoically. However, he was not executed because Senator McCarthy from Wisconsin U.S. proved the courts perfidy. This did not help those men who had been killed before the inquiry ever began. After eleven years of custody Peiper was released as the last of his comrades in December 1956. 
No formal investigations or prosecutions were ever made concerning American and British massacres of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS Prisoners of War (due to lack of political will or other practical and political reasons). Allied Forces committed similar atrocities both before and after the Malmedy massacre. According to American historian and Professor Stephen Edward Ambrose, who interviewed around 1,000 U.S. combat veterans, roughly 30 % told him they had seen U.S. troops kill German Prisoners of War. U.S. Army Major-General Raymond Hufft admitted when reflected on the war crimes he authorized: If the Germans had won, I would have been on trial instead of them. Image source: Still from Mythos Malmedy.

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  1. An American in Paris20/4/12

    The fact is that any of the accused men who inadvertently said anything about American soldiers breaking the rules of the Geneva Convention were promptly silenced and these comments were stricken from the record.