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Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, the man who carried the bomb inside Hitler's HQ on July 20, 1944 in an unsuccessful attempt to finish the dictator. Stauffenberg was arrested the same day and executed along with some of his co-conspirators in Berlin. In all, some 5,000 people were murdered by the Gestapo and the SS after the attempt. In this photo, the helmeted Stauffenberg poses for the camera on his horse at 17.Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg in 1926.

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Sophie Scholl (May 9, 1921 - February 22, 1943), German resistance fighter convicted of high treason and executed by guillotine in Munich's Stadelheim Prison.

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Seventeen year old Maria B. #Bruskin grimaces as the noose tightens around her neck, moments before her life ended. She and two others died by hanging in Minsk, Belorussia on Oct 29,1941, charged by the Germans as partisan accomplices.

Execution of women by the Nazis


SS-Unterscharfuehrer Josef Riegler, 24, a former guard at Mauthausen, approaches the gallows at Landsberg prison.

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Seventeen year old Lepa Radic was publicly hanged from the branch of a tree, in Bosanska Krupa in Bosnia in January 1943, for shooting at German soldiers.

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Execution of Lepa Radić, Yugoslavian partisan. 1943.

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Female Guards in Nazi Concentration Camps. Right : Elisabeth Becker (the executioner just passed the noose around her neck), left (standing) : Wanda Klaff

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Spies Being Executed - UWW115INP - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis. ca. 1914.

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torture device, Gradara, Italy by doug sinclair, via Flickr

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After Ayatollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, the nation’s 4 million Sunni Muslim Kurds rejected his rules and his religious beliefs and demended independence. Khomeini sent in his Revolutionary Guards, who slaughtered thousands of Kurds using mock trials. On August 27th, 1979, in Sanadaj, nine Kurdish rebels and two former police officers were tried and sentenced to death. Their execution by firing squad was documented in startling detail by the above photograph, published in Ettela’at,

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The hanging of SS-Hauptsturmführer Heinrich Jöckel, commandant of Theresienstadt Small Fortress (Malá pevnost).

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Zhitomir, Ukraine, The public hanging of two Jewish judges, Wolf Kieper and Moshe Kagan, 07/08/1941​.

Zhitomir, Ukraine, The public hanging of two Jewish judges, Wolf Kieper and Moshe Kagan, 07/08/1941. - Yad Vashem Photo Archive


Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya's body after she was cut off the gallows several weeks after her execution on Nov 29,1941.

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Wanda Jean Allen, 41, was executed by lethal injection on January 11, 2001 in Oklahoma. Twenty-four relatives of murder victim Gloria Leathers and manslaughter victim Detra Pettus traveled to McAlester for the execution. She stuck her tongue out and smiled at her appeal lawyer, Steve Presson, who had become her friend. He says she was "dancing on the mattress, while they tried to kill her." She was pronounced dead at 9:21 p.m.

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“Was not Hypatia the greatest philosopher of Alexandria, and a true martyr to the old values of learning? She was torn to pieces by a mob of incensed Christians not because she was a woman, but because her learning was so profound, her skills at dialectic so extensive that she reduced all who queried her to embarrassed silence. They could not argue with her, so they murdered her.” ― Iain Pears, The Dream of Scipio

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Roxalana Druse. The last woman to be hanged in New York for murder. In 1884 she shot, chopped, and strangled her 72 year old husband and burned the remains. Her execution was protested by groups who didn't believe in hanging women, especialy since she couldn't have a "jury of her peers." Her hanging went wrong because she was too small to effect the neck-breaking mechanism intended, and instead slowly strangled. New York implemented the electric chair because of her gruesome execution.

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Elizabeth Potts (née Atherton) (Manchester, England, December 21, 1846 – Elko, Nevada, June 20, 1890) was convicted of murder in 1889 and hanged the following year, the only woman ever to be legally executed in the U.S. state of Nevada. Her husband, Josiah Potts, was executed simultaneously, having also been convicted of the murder and partial dismemberment of Miles Faucett.

Elizabeth Potts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Clara Immerwahr - one of the first women to get her PhD. Killed herself after her husband Fritz Haber, himself a chemical genius unleashed the use of chemical weapons on the world in WWI.

Op-Ed: Remembering Clara Immerwahr in the Year of Chemistry


Louis Lingg, German anarchist arrested in connection with the 1886 Haymarket Bombing in Chicago. He was sentenced to death, but killed himself with homemade bomb the day before he was scheduled to hang. He was 23.



U.S. military authorities prepare to hang Dr. Klaus Karl Schilling at Landsberg, Germany, on May 28, 1946. In a Dachau war crimes trial he was convicted of using 1,200 concentration camp prisoners for malaria experimentation. Thirty died directly from the inoculations and 300 to 400 died later from complications of the disease. His experiments, all with unwilling subjects, began in 1942.

Dramatic Photos - Not long to live...


Hans Karl Möser, or Hans Moeser, (April 7, 1906 – † November 26, 1948) was a German Nazi SS officer at the Neuengamme, Auschwitz and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps during World War II. Rising to the rank of SS-Obersturmführer, he was captured at the end of the war and tried by the United States Military Government Court for war crimes. The only one among 19 defendants at the Dora Trial sentenced to death, Möser was executed at Landsberg Prison in 1948.

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Eduard Krebsbach (8 August 1894 – 28 May 1947) was a former German physician and SS doctor in the Nazi concentration camp in Mauthausen from July 1941 to August 1943. He was executed for crimes against humanity committed at the Mauthausen camp.

Eduard Krebsbach


Nazi war criminal Emil Hoffman, convicted at the Nuremberg trials, makes his last statement prior to execution by hanging in 1946.

Hanging of Hoffman


Nikolaus 'Klaus' Barbie, The Butcher of Lyon, France. SS captain and Gestapo member. He was extradited from Bolivia to France in 1971, tried, and sentenced to life in prison. He died while incarcerated from leukemia in 1991.

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