U.S. Massacre of ϟϟ-Pz.Gren.Reg. 38 (Götz von Berlichingen)

SS-Sturmbannführer Zenz Kaiser
According to Professor and historian Antonio J. Munoz about two hundred Waffen-SS grenadiers, belonging to the I.Battalion of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 38 of 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen, were captured near Nürnberg by men of U.S. 42nd Infantry Division, known as the Rainbow Division, and subsequently massacred on April 19 – 20 1945. The fate of these men, including SS-Obersturmbannführer Vinzenz Kaiser and his adjutant SS-Hauptsturmführer Franz Kukula, had been shrouded in mystery for many years. Eyewitnesses to what happened to these men were not forthcoming. Shortly after the war, some citizens of Nürnberg directed Red Cross officials to what turned out to be a mass grave which yielded two hundred bodies, all in Waffen-SS uniforms. Nothing was done to identify these men or how they came to be there until 1976, when the remains of one of the corpses was positively identified as that of SS-Hauptsturmführer Franz Kukula, the commander of 1.Battalion of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 38. Further autopsies on the other bodies soon followed, showing that many of the men in that grave had been beaten to death with blunt instruments, possibly rifle butts. Most had been shot at very close range, suggesting that a massacre had taken place. The presumed massacre of men from Götz von Berlichingen executed in April 1945 by the American Rainbow Division have never been officially investigated and perpetrators have never faced justice. Reference: Iron Fist: A combat history of the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen. Image: Photo showing the then SS-Sturmbannführer Vinzenz Kaiser in April 1943 when awarded the Knight's Cross after the Third Battle of Kharkov. He wears, among others, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, the German Cross in Gold, the Infantry Assault Badge and no less than four Single-Handed Tank Destruction Badges on his right arm. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

1 comment:

  1. Former enlisted veteran17/2/18

    It is a fact, that GI's from the 222.Infantrie-Regiment draw a long blood trace from Heilbronn over Orlach, Jungholzhausen,Webling, Dachau, Haar, Oberpframmern and Utting for example. I don't have to tell you about the so called "Webling Incident", where 47 members of the Waffen-SS were murdered after they had surrendered. The same happened before and after Webling, a lot of unknown young Waffen-SS Soldiers got murdered after they had surrendered on the way of this so called Rainbow-Division on their way through South-Germany.