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Army's Photo of a Nazi Comes Under Heavy Criticism

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

(Newser) – An Army unit is conceding that it used bad judgment Monday in posting on Facebook a colorized image of a Nazi war criminal—an image that critics say glorified the man, especially given the accompanying text. The post was of Joachim Peiper as part of the Army's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which ran from Dec. 16, 1944, through Jan. 25 of the following year, reports NBC News. What especially galled critics is that near the start of the fighting, Peiper directed his troops to massacre more than 80 American POWs; the Facebook post didn't include that detail. Coverage:

  • The post: The Army's XVIII Airborne Corps posted the image to its Facebook page along with a description of Peiper's role in the battle. The text had lines like this: "The fate of his beloved nation rested on his ability to lead his men through the American lines," per the Military Times.
  • The image: It's now deleted, but you can see it via this tweet from Army public affairs officer Brian Fickel, who pronounced himself "dumbfounded by the decision to prominently display a Nazi on military social media on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge."

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