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Army's Photo of a Nazi Comes Under Heavy Criticism - Page 2

Unit put up colorized image of Joachim Peiper, whose men massacred US POWs
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2019 11:43 AM CST

  • An explanation: When Facebook commenters criticized the choice, a page moderator initially attempted to explain that it was a way to make a series of continuing posts about the battle's anniversary more interesting. "Sometimes in movies, the movie will create a sense of tension by introducing a bad guy," the moderator wrote. This did not help.
  • Disturbing link: The Washington Post did some sleuthing and figured out that the person credited with colorizing the image is a self-described gamer based in Slovakia named Tobias Kurtz, and he has posted or liked other online images of Nazis and Hitler. As the Post puts it, "It remains unclear how Pentagon and Army officials cleared an image apparently created by an artist who celebrates Nazi propaganda online to be published alongside a tribute to the American soldiers who fought and died to defeat a fascist regime 75 years ago."
  • Malmedy massacre: On Dec. 17, 1944, Peiper commanded his troops to gun down 84 unresisting American prisoners who had surrendered after Peiper's surprise offensive, per the Post and the New York Times. After the war, he would be convicted of war crimes.
  • Mea culpa: "We regret the use of the photograph of Joachim Peiper," reads a Tuesday tweet from the Army unit. "The intent was to tell the full story of the Battle of the Bulge, which will continue here, by explaining the incredible odds that were stacked up against the American Soldier by the time the reserve was called in on 18 Dec."
(Over the weekend, the suspected use of white-power hand signals in the stands during the Army-Navy game triggered an investigation.)

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