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

Jochen Peiper receiving his death sentence
Joachim 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 abuse and massacres of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS Prisoners of War (due to lack of political will or other practical and political reasons).
Mistreated German Prisoners of War
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. Top image source: Still from Mythos Malmedy. Bottom image: Weariness and defeat etch the faces of a line of German prisoners of war in a prison camp of 3rd US Army in 1945. According to the original text of the photo the men belonged to Waffen-SS units taking part in the Battle of the Bulge and therefore suspected of having shot Allied prisoners in Malmedy in December 1944. Photo U.S. National Archives. Fair use.

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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.

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