By Pierre Kosmidis
SOURCE: Cornell University Library, USA
The execution of male civilians from the village of Kondomari in Crete by an ad hoc firing squad consisting of German paratroopers on 2 June 1941 during World War II, is possibly the first one to have been documented by a war correspondent, step by step.
German war photographer Franz Peter Weixler took photographs of the whole sequence, from the rounding up of the civilians, the execution squad shooting them, to the administering the final blow, the coup de grâce by German officers.
Copies of these photos lay hidden for years and Franz Peter Weixler made a statement, during the Nuremberg Trials in 1945, which was translated in English, a copy of which currently resides at Cornell University, in the USA.
Weixler was imprisoned by the Gestapo for almost a year and a half, on the charge of treason for having taken photographs of the “parachute enterprise”, as the Germans called the mass murder of civilians in Crete, in 1941.
Some photos from the infamous sequence of the mass execution of civilians by German fallschirmjager are the following